Full-time, Remote Position
Exempt position
Responsible to: Educopia Director of Research & Strategy

The Research Program Officer (RPO) will shape a new role within a nimble, growing organization and will be committed to the development and fulfillment of research objectives. In addition to providing project management and support, the RPO will participate in community management research and think strategically about how to make Educopia research findings (and instruments) useful, relevant, and accessible.
The RPO will be responsible for supporting the extensive portfolio of Educopia Research projects that focus on community cultivation work. The RPO will utilize relevant project management tools to prioritize, track, and maintain momentum for multiple concurrent projects. The RPO will be highly self-directed and will support an array of collaborative work with our project teams and partners.
The RPO role is a full-time, exempt position, and reports directly to the Director of Research & Strategy.


  • Assist the Director of Research & Strategy with formulating program strategies and goals
  • Provide project management support to research initiatives including monitoring project schedules and deadlines
  • Provide logistical assistance & support for major project-related events
  • Collect & report analytics related to research projects and program activity
  • Design training resources for the staff on research findings, methods, community cultivation resources, and other topics that increase our team’s capacity
  • Liaise with the Digital Curation and Scholarly Communications teams regarding community cultivation needs including assessment, evaluation, templates/templatization, and grant development
  • Prepare and present information about Educopia Research and community cultivation to external audiences, including writing website copy; preparing graphics and text for listservs and social media platforms; and writing reports and presentations
  • Assess research opportunities that align with Educopia's vision, mission, and strategic plan


  • Masters or PhD degree in a social science field, or equivalent experience with applied research in community development
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, adjust to change,  handle multiple tasks, and  coordinate the work of extended groups of project participants
  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with data collection and analysis
  • Familiarity with research methods used in social science research (ie., interviews, collaborative workflow analysis, discourse analysis, ethnography, participant observation, etc.)
  • Passionate interest in the ways that communities grow and change over time
  • High level of independent judgment, resourcefulness, creativity, and initiative

Work Environment

Educopia Institute is a distributed team, and candidates must be able to work remotely. Success working in a geographically distributed, collaborative, and research-intensive environment requires a demonstrated ability to accomplish timely, high-quality work, handle a variety of duties, adapt to changing priorities, work successfully in a team, and communicate effectively with all segments of an extended community.

Compensation and Application

Salary range is $50,000 - $55,000/year, commensurate with experience, with potential funding for travel and professional development. Benefits include 24 vacation days per year (accruing monthly) and 11 paid holidays, as well as insurance options and retirement match options. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to hr@educopia.org.

We will begin reviewing applications on March 6, 2020 and we will continue to welcome applications until the position is filled.

About Educopia

The Educopia Institute empowers collaborative communities to create, share, and preserve knowledge. We believe in the power of connection and collaboration. In all of our work, we encourage knowledge sharing and network building—across institutions, communities, and sectors.

The Educopia Institute provides training, knowledge, and a neutral administrative backbone to cultivate and facilitate community networks. Educopia’s decentralized staff moderate, encourage, and elevate community member efforts, while distilling, disseminating, and aligning emerging practices and standards.

Educopia Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

*This is an exempt position, limited to 24 months with the possibility of extension. Employees in this position are paid a salary on a monthly basis and are not eligible to receive overtime pay.

For more information, about our organization and strategic vision please visit our website at http://www.educopia.org