American Institutes for Research

  • Principal TA Consultant, Youth Development

    Job Location US
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    United States
    Technical Assistance
  • Overview

    The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leading behavioral and social science research organization. We are a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects from early childhood development to adult education. AIR prides itself in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for significant federal, state, and private organizations. Our vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people. AIR is currently seeking a Principal Technical Assistance Consultant who may be located in our Chicago, IL; San Mateo, CA; Waltham, MA; or Washington, D.C. office (preference for Chicago).

    The Principal TA Consultant will help develop and grow work in the Youth Development and Supportive Learning Environments practice area at AIR. The focus of the practice area is the positive development of young people, in schools and in out-of-school time settings in partnership with families, schools, and communities. Practice Area members support young people's learning and development through capacity building, research and evaluation, and policy efforts. We are seeking an individual who can work in conjunction with a strong team of senior staff; engage in strategic planning; lead efforts to win new work; and carry out this work via designing and leading projects, as well as through strong client relationships.

    The Principal TA Consultant provides leadership, mentorship, and technical advice in support of AIR projects. An important aspect of the role will include the mentoring and development of AIR staff, as well as active business development and pursuit.


    • Manage fast-paced projects of moderate to high complexity, including effective budget management, quality management, and staff management
    • Communicate regularly with clients and internal team members to gather feedback, sustain project momentum, and respond to day-to-day needs
    • Monitor, coordinate, and provide work direction to assigned project staff and/or subcontractors, including review of their work to ensure accuracy, completeness, and adherence to quality standards, policies, and procedures
    • Cultivate and manage client relationships, including management of internal and external politics
    • Manage client expectations on a project or strategic level, including handling escalation on stakeholder/external issues
    • Based on client needs, design and facilitate processes and materials which translate research and best practices for work sessions, professional development and/or training for clients
    • Support new business development efforts, including proposal writing, and position work to capitalize on future business opportunities


    • Master's degree or Ph.D. with a minimum of 8-10 years of experience is required.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage projects and teams, strong project management and staff supervision skills required.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presenting to and facilitating various-sized groups with a broad spectrum of perspectives and entry points.
    • Ability to work well independently and as a member of a project team while prioritizing multiple objectives to meet project deadlines.
    • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and proficiency in navigating the Internet.
    • Availability and flexibility to travel locally and nationally


    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


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