Start Date: ASAP

Applications accepted until position is filled

Organizational Mission, Vision, and Strategic Commitments

One in five children experience learning and attention challenges that limit their school success. For twenty-five years, Lee Pesky Learning Center has worked together with individuals, families, schools, and communities to understand and overcome obstacles to learning. Our vision is to create a pathway to learning for every child. We have positioned ourselves to positively impact learners throughout the country.


The Director of Research and Innovation is responsible for developing and overseeing a comprehensive model of research and program evaluation for LPLC. The director works closely with the executive director and an established team of educators at Lee Pesky Learning Center to scale and lead research and innovation efforts, write and secure grants, and assist with project management. The director will participate with team members in ongoing research and evaluation initiatives that support quality services and co-supervise a small number of university interns. The position also requires interfacing with education and community entities to support the mission of LPLC while maintaining and creating alliances and partnerships that extend LPLC’s work at the state and national level.

Essential Attributes

  • Believes in our mission and works tirelessly to help accomplish it
  • Clearly communicates information
  • Adapts to different audiences, venues, and challenges
  • Attends to details and demonstrates organizational skills
  • Is self-aware, self-determined, strategic, and resilient
  • Contributes as part of a cohesive team


  • Oversees, coordinates, and conducts research on the Center’s priority issues within the field of early childhood education, teacher training, and learning disabilities
  • Cultivates existing partnerships with Boise State University and engages successfully with other university partners
  • Reviews current educational research related to early childhood education, teacher training, and learning disabilities
  • Works with executive director on research-relevant strategic, operational, and financial decision-making
  • Analyzes and presents data for various audiences.
  • Manages research and innovation budget
  • Prepares and submits grant proposals, secures funding for various initiatives, and submits grant reports
  • Supervises small staff
  • Interfaces with staff members and external entities such as foundations and state departments of education

Essential Job Functions 

  • Read and write complex research documents in a highly efficient manner.
  • Maintain confidential records and files
  • Remain calm in emotionally charged situations
  • Manage and supervise others
  • Report to work promptly and regularly
  • Follow directions and work well with others
  • Work under the stress of deadlines
  • Concentrate on tasks to complete and perform accurately
  • React to change productively


Education and experience:

  • Minimum education and experience required:
    • Master’s degree in Education or Psychology from an accredited institution; doctorate preferred
    • Five years of research, grant writing, and project management

Knowledge of:

  • University policies and procedures
  • Applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Computerized office programs
  • Foundation grant funding, progress reporting, and communication


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent academic and research credentials
  • Excellent research skills with ability to leverage strengths across programs areas
  • Collaborative leadership style
  • Understanding of confidentiality

Other Characteristics:

  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative
  • Passionate, positive, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Unwavering commitment to quality research and data-informed evaluation


  • Salary commensurate with experience and skills
  • Employee medical benefits for full-time employment and a Simple IRA

To Apply

  1. Complete the Application for Employment
  2. Send these, a cover letter, and a resume to [email protected], or fax to 208-333-0888. Or mail to:

Matt Scott, Director of Operations
Lee Pesky Learning Center
3324 Elder Street
Boise, ID 83705