Director, Research and Quality Improvement – Pressley Ridge



 Job Title:        Director, Research and Quality Improvement

Status:            Full-time, Regular, Exempt

Location:        TBD

Reports To:    Chief Operating Officer

Position Summary

The Director of Organizational Performance will implement, maintain, and coordinate research, evaluation, and quality improvement activities for Pressley Ridge.  These duties require the Director to collaborate with program leaders, executive staff and members of other organizations and associations such as foundations and key management groups.  This Director is responsible for supervision and overall management of the research, evaluation, and quality improvement department.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Research and Evaluation

Direct and manage Organizational Performance activities:  (1) Provide intellectual leadership for the research and evaluation function (2) Design research studies and serves as principal investigator for major internal research projects (3) Manage evaluation projects and outcome studies involving design, data collection, analysis, report writing, and the dissemination of results both internally and externally (4) Partner with other support departments to develop trainings and reports for end users working within the Electronic Health Record

      2. Grants

Assist and collaborate with other departments for grant submission and implementation: (1) Creates plans for research grant writing and operations (2) Does research on and cultivates potential grant makers (3) Writes or coordinates the writing of grant applications and makes submissions (4) Coordinates the administration of grant funded research projects

      3. Relationships

Maintain relationships with universities, funders and other agencies and professional organizations: (1) Seek out and maintain relationships with partners for the purposes of joint research grants/projects; (2) Prepare or assist with presentations for local or national conferences (3) Maintain collaborative relationships with funders and partners

      4. Promote Organizational Research Agenda

Provide intellectual leadership through information dissemination and training; publishing in peer-reviewed journals; and presenting at local or national conferences

     5. Support Organizational Learning, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Model Development:  (1) Provide support to all programs on quality improvement activities (2) Be a resource to the organization to assess and resolve programming issues (3) Support data informed decision making across the organization (4) Document and evaluate model development (5) Oversee the Council of Accreditation credentialing process and the documentation and tracking of standards within programs

Essential Competencies

  1. Partnership/Relationship Skills: Builds positive and productive relationships with a diverse population; demonstrates cultural sensitivity and effective interpersonal skills; establishes and maintains appropriate rapport and partnerships with leadership members inside and outside the organization.
  2. Managing within Service Systems: Understands internal and external service systems and advocates diplomatically for the benefit of children and families; knows how to organize people and activities to get things done; can see opportunities for collaboration and integration.
  3. Professional/Self-Development: Actively works to increase knowledge and skills for self and department staff; learns quickly from successes and failures; is open to the challenge of learning from new assignments; is self-aware, knows his/her strengths and limitations, and defines areas for development; seeks guidance and is open to feedback; responsive to mentoring and supervision.
  4. Team Leadership: provides direction; clarifies goals and timelines; supports individual team members; fosters open communication and builds cohesive team work; acknowledges and values team members’ contribution; Motivates and guides others.
  5. Self-Directed: self-started, self-motivated, and energetic; takes initiative and accesses appropriate resources; develops goals action plans; willing champion an idea or position.
  6. Project Management: must have experience in deadline-driven environments
  7. Statistical analysis skills: able to do statistical analysis with relevant computer applications (SPSS, etc.)
  8. Schedule/Flexibility: Willingness to maintain a flexible work schedule and work independently.  Ability to travel is required.

Essential Qualifications


a. Doctorate in Medicine, Psychology, Education, Social Work, Public Administration, Public Health or related field required.
b. Valid driver’s license and current insurance


    1. At least five years’ experience in planning, managing and leading applied research and evaluation projects.
    2. Demonstrated experience in writing and receiving grants.
    3. At least one year supervision experience.
    4. Statistical analysis skills using SPSS and project management experience in deadline-driven environments.
    5. State Police/FBI clearance per state regulation; Child Abuse clearance

Working Conditions

  1. Physical Demands. Requires vision, speech, and hearing and a low to moderate level of physical activity including; sitting, standing, walking lifting and carrying as required.
  2. Environmental Factors. School, community, residence, office; Travel.
  3. Working Hours. A traditional work schedule with travel.

Exempt/Non Exempt Statement:

I understand that this position is considered to be an “exempt” position as defined by the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.  This job is exempt from overtime pay as described in the Pressley Ridge Employee Handbook.

If interested, please email Laurah Currey at