Help us empower learners to realize their potential.

The Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) envisions a world in which all learners—especially those who face greater barriers to academic success—engage fully and fearlessly in challenging endeavors that help them achieve their goals. To realize that vision, PERTS works with numerous researchers and educational organizations to develop, test, and disseminate scalable practices that increase learners’ resilience and success.

Our passionate tight-knit team includes psychological researchers, data scientists, designers, educators, and software developers. Our work has been funded by the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, Raikes Foundation, Joyce Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Gates Foundation, and multiple universities that benefit directly from our work.

Open Positions

Program Manager

The Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS) is an applied research center in the Psychology Department at Stanford University. We’re a small research group with a start-up mentality and large ambitions for increasing the academic success of students. We study the non-cognitive factors that affect student achievement and partner with schools, colleges, and other organizations to improve student motivation and achievement on a large scale. Our mission is to improve the equity of learning outcomes by bridging the gap between cutting-edge research and implementation practices. We believe that properly scaling educational research can empower schools to reduce inequity and create better educational experiences.

We’re looking for a highly motivated Program Manager who enjoys working in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment. This is a full time, 12-month temporary position, with the possibility of continued renewal depending on the needs of the organization. Our office is located in San Francisco. This role may allow for some work from home, after the trial period in the role.

The Program Manager duties will vary depending on the needs of the PERTS team, but major duties will include overseeing the logistics, outreach/recruitment, and project planning for the PERTS Engagement Project, a new initiative that empowers elementary and secondary school teachers to use evidence-based strategies in their classrooms with confidential feedback from students, as well as be the initial point of contact for other current or potential partnerships organizationally. This position will report to the Director of Research and interface heavily with key partners and the senior leadership team.

Core Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the day-to-day activities related to the Engagement Project.
  • Lead the product development and revising of materials for the Engagement Project.
  • Conduct long-term project planning for the Engagement Project, including setting timelines, deliverables, and contributing to strategic decision-making.
  • Lead the outreach and recruitment efforts related to the engagement project by working with the PERTS team to reach out to teachers, schools, districts, colleges, and other organizations.
  • Oversee long-term relationship management with school partners (teachers, administrators, etc.) who are working with PERTS on the Engagement Project.
  • Be the initial point person for potential/current collaborators.

Required Qualifications

  • Four year college degree, ideally with a major or minor in Psychology and/or Education
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Extraordinary detail-oriented with excellent organizational and strategic planning skills and the ability to assess, prioritize and manage a varied and demanding workload under pressure and with tight deadlines whilst maintaining a high bar for quality
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs (including Google Drive, MS Office Suite, Dropbox,, Adobe)
  • Willingness and ability to learn quickly and take on a variety of projects with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of the current issues facing school systems

Desired Qualifications

  • Interest in psychological and/or educational research
  • General understanding of scientific theory and methods, especially psychological methodology
  • Experience working in education and/or nonprofits sectors
  • Experience with research in the K-12 and higher education contexts
  • Experience with or insight about the challenges faced by students from historically underrepresented minority groups and/or from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Familiarity with data collection and analysis
  • Experience with html programming language and Qualtrics survey software
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What about perks?


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The Usual

Healthcare, 401k matching, and all the perks you’d expect from Stanford. But sorry, no ping pong table (yet).


A busy office isn’t always the best place to get the job done. Work-from-home is a big part of the PERTS culture.