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Director, Straus Center for Young Children and Families

Graduate School of Education

Start Date: Apr 02, 2018
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Vacancy - Director, Straus Center for Young Children and Families

The Straus Center for Young Children and Families at Bank Street College is seeking a dynamic leader and researcher to help build and implement a program of research aligned with the priorities of the Center. This is a compelling opportunity to build on the laboratory of Bank Street’s children’s programs, decades of teacher education, and a vibrant alumni community working in educational settings across the country.

The Straus Center for Young Children and Families at Bank Street College of Education was founded in 2015 to advance research and practice in early childhood education. The Straus Center conducts and disseminates research that brings practice and policy together to improve outcomes for all children but especially for young children living in poverty birth through age 8 years. Building on Bank Street’s history of using research to improve practice, the Straus Center generates knowledge that state and municipal leaders and practitioners can use to make productive change to programs and practices. The Center does this by:

• Employing a range of mixed methods designs to capture early childhood programming in action and its effects.
• Using a strengths-based approach to engage practitioners, families, and communities in research projects on key problems of practice.
• Recognizing and valuing the diversity of children and families and the settings in which early childhood education takes place with the aim of generating knowledge that leads to consistency of quality across settings and sites.
• Communicating research in ways that advocates what works, and informs the field about practice based strategies that positively impact young children living in poverty, their families and their communities.


The Director is responsible for all Center operations. The main responsibilities of this position will include:
• Identifying research projects that fit with the Center’s priorities.
• Lead the design and implementation of various research projects in line with the mission and priorities of the Straus Center.
• Identify potential funding sources and successfully garner funding to support the research activities of the Center.
• Communicate the Center’s activities in various forums.
• Build relationships between the Straus Center and other entities within Bank Street as well as forge relationships with potential external partners.
• Help to build Bank Street’s capacity as a research institution.
• Oversee the budget and staffing of the Center.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants should be senior scholars in the field. A doctoral degree from an accredited major research university with a specialization in early childhood education, child development, public policy, research methodology, or some other related field is required. Applicants must have a track record of scholarly publications and research funding as well as experience with leading the implementation of research projects. A focus on infant and toddler programming and/or expertise in mixed methods research designs and quantitative methods are highly desired. An ideal candidate will also have practical experience working with young children.
We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are members of groups that have been and still are underrepresented in university faculty positions. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This is an exciting opportunity to help build a new research center in early childhood education in New York City at one of the most prestigious teacher preparation institutions in the country. For more information about this position please contact Dr. Sharon Ryan, Director of the Straus Center for Young Children and Families by email

Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs.  In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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