Director of Learning Engagement Research at Newsela

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The Role: 

The Director of Learning Engagement Research will work closely with our Chief Academic Officer to set the strategy for the development and optimization of a new measure of “student learning engagement.” Based on this strategy, you will lead the design, development, validation, and reporting of this new measure from testing to its use as a corporate-level metric for reporting to our board of directors. You will eat, sleep, and breathe this work from inception through iterative improvements until we are satisfied that we are accurately measuring the degree to which students are authentically motivated to engage in learning. Then you’ll lead our efforts to articulate its correlation to on-platform behaviors and our work to identify and test methods to optimize it. 

Why You’ll Love This Role:

You will have an unprecedented opportunity to lead the development of a new KPI that will anchor the way our organization thinks about, talks about, and most importantly - sets targets against on a quarterly basis - the impact that our products and services have on student engagement. This responsibility is not for the faint of heart. It is a complicated, multi-faceted undertaking that will require experience measuring student engagement, experience optimizing student product experiences, experience conducting in-product research on learning, and evidence of a commitment to equitable, inclusive research methods. The result of these efforts will impact the learning experiences of millions of students.

Why We’ll Love You:

You have 10+ years experience in conducting learning science research in a product context, with numerous examples of how you led the successful design of learning studies that produced valid results, and how you communicated those results to leadership in order to inform product strategy and development. You’ve grown and led a high-performing team that worked in close partnership with stakeholders from across the organization (product, marketing, sales, technology, etc.) at a rapid pace to produce actionable results that were eagerly consumed by partners. Your team’s work has led to measurable improvements in the key outcomes that the product and services teams were responsible for. In addition to developing rich research studies and practices, you’re able to translate key findings and challenges to a variety of audiences, and can skillfully code-switch between technical and non-technical language to communicate product and research needs. You’re also an expert project manager, with a demonstrated ability to handle multiple concurrent workflows with both near- and long-term priorities and deadlines.

About Newsela:

One of the fastest growing tech companies in K-12 education, Newsela was founded on the principle that while every child may have unique learning preferences, they all deserve a rich learning experience that ignites a love of learning. We built our platform based on learning science research to deliver the most engaging, authentic content to modernize how teaching happens in the classroom. Along with interactive assessments and tools, we provide teachers with digital content at five reading levels -- from +100 of the best sources -- that is relevant to the diverse backgrounds and interests of their students. Since we started in 2013, we’ve established a presence in 90% of U.S. K-12 schools and over 2.5M teachers and 37M students have registered with Newsela.

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Location

New York, NY
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An Insider's view of Newsela

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Amazing. Newsela is a trusting and responsible environment where we have control to get our work done when and where is best for us.

Vanessa

Lead Web Application Developer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team works with school leaders and teachers to create innovative applications of Newsela's content to support our mission of "meaningful classroom learning for every student." Our goal is to engage and empower educators with tools to enhance their students' learning.

JJ

Community Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've grown leaps and bounds at Newsela! I initially started out as an enterprise sales development representative and went through a mentorship program to transition to the customer success management team! I cannot measure the amount of growth I've experienced the past few years.

Emma

Customer Success Manager

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Newsela office is a collaborative workspace. The office is designed to reflect the clients we serve. We love to keep our mission of "meaningful classroom learning for every student" top of mind.

Ariel

Senior Sales Development Representative

What are Newsela Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Newsela offers the opportunity to join various affinity groups operated by members of each community to help facilitate an inclusive and diverse workplace where all people are valued.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
In addition to weekly virtual wellness events (guided meditation, yoga, etc.), we offer virtual group discussion sessions with a licensed therapist to help navigate a variety of topics and challenges.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Every year we bring Newsela's youngsters to our offices for our Take Your Child to Newsela Day. It's one of our favorite days of the year, filled with crafts, story time, workshops, and even yoga!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free daily breakfast. Employees can select from our cereal bar, yogurts, oatmeal, fruit, granola bars and unlimited cold brew on tap!
Game Room
Our teams love to take time to challenge each other to a game of ping pong or pool throughout the day, and maybe even a ping pong tournament every now and then.
Stocked Kitchen
Newsela has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored seltzer you can handle. You might even be able to catch a Top Chef competition every now and then.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
All remote employees receive a monthly tech allowance to put towards making their home office setup the best it can be.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
All employees receive an annual stipend to put towards professional development or learning courses and resources. We also hold bi-monthly manager training sessions.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer an annual stipend to encourage all employees to keep learning!
Time allotted for learning
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