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Lead Research Analyst

  • Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job description


Great Minds, a mission driven Public Benefit Corporation, brings teachers and scholars together to craft exemplary instructional materials that inspire joy in teaching and learning. Our English curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®, Eureka Math™ and PhD Science™, all support teachers as they take students beyond rote learning to provide a deeper, more complete understanding of the humanities, mathematics, and the sciences. Founded in 2007, Great Minds now employs more than 1,000 people.

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Great Minds’ Eureka Math is the most widely used curriculum in the history of American education. It enjoys an unrivaled 40+ net promoter score. Eureka and its sister products, Wit & Wisdom English and PhD Science, embrace much higher expectations for all students and all teachers. In a market dominated by scripted, procedural materials that drive expectations down, Great Minds produces curricula that celebrate knowledge, respect the craft of teaching, and acknowledge the true capabilities of students.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Senior Director, Research, the Lead Research Analyst will be responsible for the development and execution of our corporate research agenda, including Great Minds implementation services. This position plays a key role in shaping the company's strategic direction by delivering actionable insights derived from both internal research studies and targeted impact analyses. This role will lead the discovery of innovative ideas and insights and should be able to coach and mentor junior researchers in the development of their work when relevant.


  • Develop and maintain an enterprise research agenda, in partnership with managers across the company.
  • Lead the discovery of innovative ideas and insights including hypothesis generation, primary and secondary research, and root cause analysis to identify actionable insights that support the Success team.
  • Drive key findings from complex datasets and use findings to develop analytically sound, logically ordered research pieces.
  • Develop insights that are practical and actionable (not necessarily academic) to be grounded in workflows.
  • Independently create and manage such key research deliverables, including white papers, case studies, presentations, templates, round-table discussions, or custom, in-bound research requests.
  • Conduct interviews with senior executives, academics, and industry experts in search of innovative ideas.
  • Use research findings to inform product development, implementation strategy, and other strategic capabilities across Great Minds.
  • Cultivate and maintain a strong and supportive Great Minds culture in all work environments, with an emphasis on trust, collegiality, curiosity, and quality
  • Support the professional growth and development of Great Minds employees
  • Communicate across multiple Great Minds teams (Implementation Services, Operations and Analytics, Services Development and Design, and Research and Policy)
  • Provide timely communications to the Success leadership team to address priorities, challenges, feedback, and other matters relevant to Great Minds and its mission

Job requirements


  • 7+ years of relevant experience in the design and implementation of rigorous research, within  formal research institutions
  • Experience and comfort with analyzing, synthesizing, and distilling large amounts of quantitative and qualitative information
  • Fluency in research method types, standards, and quality of research
  • Strong storytelling ability that translates research findings into action
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with particular attention to precision of language and ability to organize information logically
  • Ability to manage projects and drive ideas forward to advance initiatives
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and knowledge of K-12 education with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field
  • Passion for and commitment to the importance of high-quality, knowledge-rich curriculum
  • Commitment to high standards, instructional quality, and continuous improvement for oneself and others
  • Receptivity to feedback with a focus on reflective practice
  • Highly collaborative with the ability to consistently exhibit diplomacy, tact, and integrity
  • Appreciation for the challenges and victories faced every day by educators
  • Empathy, curiosity, and the desire to continually grow as a learner
  • Deep belief that every child is capable of greatness
  • Superior skills in communicating ideas through verbal descriptions, presentations, and written documentation, conveying an understanding of both the big ideas and the critical, differentiating details
  • Bring experience, innovation, and critical thinking skills to the role while modeling habits of sharing candidly, listening actively, and supporting decisions made by the team

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree


  • Advanced degree



The expected base salary range for this position is $95,000-$110,000, however the offered salary may be higher or lower than the above range dependent on numerous factors including, but not limited to location, work experience, skills and internal equity considerations. The base salary is not inclusive of benefits or other incentives.

A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position.

New employees will be required to successfully complete a background check.

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Great Minds is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the organization’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.