AISES Director of Research

AISES ( American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Colorado, United States
$80,000.00 - $90,000.00
Jun 23, 2021
Jul 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Director of Research

LOCATION: Boulder, CO or Albuquerque, NM or Remote Considered for Well Qualified Candidate

STATUS: Full-Time; Exempt

STARTING SALARY: $80,000-$90,000 Annually

BENEFITS: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, Vacation & Holiday Pay


The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers. To this end, AISES provides scholarships and internships, workforce development and career resources, national and regional conferences, leadership development, and other STEM focused programming to Indigenous students and professionals. AISES is a fast-growing organization where we work hard, are passionate about the mission of AISES, and accomplish our goals with a lean staff. The successful candidate will be willing and able to take initiative and be willing to work on a variety of tasks – including those which may not necessarily be listed in the job description. AISES is an extraordinary place to work where our staff respect one another and have fun! To join our incredible team, you must be positive, hardworking, and willing to go the extra mile for the organization every day.



The Director of Research directly manages several grant-supported research related projects, and conducts research related to Indigenous students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. The position provides oversight, strategic leadership, management, and overall direction of AISES’s research and related projects as an integral part of the Programs Department. The Director of Research is expected to develop both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies of high confidence, set standards of documentation, and advise on research and evaluation approaches and models. This position is vital to AISES’ overall mission of increasing the number of Indigenous people in STEM studies and careers, and therefore qualified candidates must possess an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work ethic.


Reporting Relationships

The Director of Research reports directly to the Chief Program Officer.


Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop AISES’ research policy and protocols and ensure their execution in AISES’ projects and programs.
  • Develop and sustain a methodology for consistent, effective, and professional formative and summative evaluation processes and systems for AISES’ project and programs, assessing their qualitative and quantitative effects, outputs and outcomes, forecasting trends, and promoting effective practices that increase the representation of Indigenous people in STEM.
  • Identify processes for and conduct secondary research in fields relating to Indigenous people in STEM studies and professions; and other topics related to AISES’ mission and programs to reveal trends, assemble useful statistics; and identify best practices and models.
  • Develop and maintain a resource library and clearinghouse of research reference materials to provide a context for AISES’ work, to build case statements, and statements of need, and to inform the development of fundraising proposals, research materials, and publications that meet both internal and external needs.
  • Conduct and analyze primary research supporting the planning of future AISES programming and addressing the effectiveness, outputs, and outcomes of AISES’ current and recent past programs.
  • Producing reports for AISES staff, board, funders, and others.
  • Develop policies and procedures for the process of producing and disseminating AISES’ research.
  • As needed, present trainings related to research processes and/or research findings at AISES’ events or other appropriate venues.
  • Represent AISES on various external research and project related advisory committees and boards.
  • Assist in grant writing for research focused projects and initiatives.
  • Directly manage all aspects of assigned special (research related) projects, including budget management.
  • Work directly with AISES’ audit firm to provide requested (research related) project information and documentation.
  • Work effectively internally with diverse constituencies within the organization, and externally with board members, advisory council members, staff, and other partners.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • PhD preferred in education or applicable field, will consider PhD Candidate ABD.
  • Experience in nonprofit and/or academic program/project management and research.
  • Experience in working with and understanding Indigenous communities preferred.
  • Experience with managing project budgets, and specifically federally funded projects.
  • Communications skills – written and verbal for a range of audiences -- at the highest level.
  • Must be able to think quickly, write fluidly, and argue convincingly.
  • Strong conceptual analytical skills and the ability to apply and adapt theory.
  • Must be able to work positively and effectively with people from a variety of disciplines and professions.
  • Long working hours and moderate travel are required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office including MS TEAMS.
  • Comfort with virtual communication using platforms like Zoom and WebEx.
  • Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs.


To Apply

  • Email a cover letter, resume, and three references to No phone calls.
  • This is a full-time position with generous benefits.
  • Candidates advancing in the hiring process are required to pass a criminal background check.
  • All staff are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Position is open until filled.