Program Associate, Research and Writing

Posted: April 12, 2019

Who We Are

Founded in 2010, Eskolta School Research and Design is a non-profit organization that works with teachers to reinvent schools so that youth who faced personal and structural adversity in the past, are empowered to achieve their potential and make our society better in the future. We believe that teachers have the solutions to the challenges schools face. We partner with teachers, school principals, and school district staff to understand the data they already possess as well as the current academic research on learning. We complement this site-based work with coaching to school district staff and research on school-based work to better understand how change occurs in public schools.


Our Values

We seek to continuously challenge ourselves to exhibit respect, focus, balance, integrity, and justice. To that end, Eskolta strives to be an antiracist organization, using its influence to fight against social injustice by supporting a culture of learning, empowerment, and equity in our schools. Applicants should demonstrate a knowledge of and concern for issues of equity and justice and an understanding of how structural injustice has impacted the experience of underserved students.

Eskolta is seeking to build our team of talented staff serving schools and district partners as they research and redesign practices and facilitate continuous improvement to re-engage students to paths of success.


The Opportunity

The Project Associate will have an exceptional ability to help others articulate their thinking, engage in a process of reflective inquiry to problem solve, and identify, aggregate, and explain themes and patterns they find in information. The project associate will report to a Senior School Design Partner as part of a team supporting projects in public schools as well as research efforts across multiple schools and will have the keen project management skills to juggle multiple projects, the perseverance to keep work moving despite challenges, and the attention to detail to ensure that projects are completed to high quality every time.


Responsibilities Include
  • Assisting in the facilitation, management, and coordination of design projects in which teams of teachers in schools test and improve practices to help students succeed.
  • Conducting interviews and gathering and analyzing quantitative data—from surveys, student grades, attendance, test scores, etc.—to better understand the impact of efforts.
  • Writing clear, concise, and informative memos, case studies, analytic studies, slide decks and other narrative forms to document learning from schools.
  • Visiting public schools regularly to observe, document, survey, and interview staff and students and to support meetings of teacher teams.
  • Flexibly responding to the various needs and challenges encountered by teachers and teams of teachers as they engage in projects to implement new practices.
  • Collaborating with the full Eskolta team and supporting cross-team learning and development.


  • A graduate degree or an undergraduate degree with at least 2-4 years’ work experience in a relevant field, including education, ed-reform, adult learning, organizational change strategy and management, and policy.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to quickly synthesize information into clear, cogent writing.
  • Exceptional project manager with strong attention to detail, highly organized, and meticulous in monitoring work.
  • Strong research skills through both Internet and academic sources.
  • Skills as a qualitative researcher, including facility with surveys and interviews.
  • A self-starter with the ability to move a project forward in a small, flexible, entrepreneurial environment.
  • A knowledge of and concern for issues of equity and justice and an understanding of how structural injustice has impacted the experience of underserved students.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, when needed (primarily within Manhattan, and potential travel across 5 boroughs)


To Apply

Submit a resume, a writing sample, and thoughtful cover letter to Danielle L. Green, Director of Operations ( with the position of interest in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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