Research Scientist in Social-Emotional Learning

Johns Hopkins University School of Education

Research Scientist or Fellow (non-classified) - S.U.P.E.R Program Fellow for Social-Emotional Learning

Requisition #: A-97668-3

Status: Full Time

Type: Faculty

School: School of Education

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Location Zip Code: 21218

Closing Date: Open until filled

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General Description

The Special Education Leaders Uniting Policy, Early Intervention, and Research (SUPER) Fellowship Program is a unique partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services and The Institute for Innovation in Development, Engagement, and Learning Systems (IDEALS) Institute at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Education. The IDEALS Institute at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education focuses on promoting high-quality early learning, developmentally appropriate care across the life-span, and impactful educational practices. The core team at IDEALS currently manages a large existing portfolio of grants, sponsored projects, and contractual work related to its mission. The MSDE Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services mission is to close existing gaps between children with disabilities and their non-disabled peers and ensure that all students will be ready for school, achieve in school, and be prepared for college, career, and community living. Through this collaborative fellowship program, promising individuals with backgrounds in education and policy will collaborate with IDEALS Institute researchers and MSDE leaders on critical initiatives and professional learning. The program connects educational policy professionals and mentors with one of two fellowship strands, each with a separate focus. The strands have been developed based on pre-identified needs outlined by MSDE. Through the program, fellows gain hands-on experience, expert mentorship, high-quality professional learning, and an opportunity to apply for future employment. MSDE and IDEALS will be able to make greater progress on these focal issues by adding the capacity of trained professionals to their teams on short-term projects, with the option of continuing promising initiatives.   

IDEALS is seeking a SUPER Project Fellow focused on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) whose primary role would be to assist in reviewing, organizing, and evaluating existing supports and resources to support SEL among early childhood education students across the state of Maryland. The SUPER Project Fellow for Social-Emotional Learning will also help develop and pilot competency-based SEL professional learning materials for all educators and Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Providers.

Primary Job Duties:

The primary role of the Fellow is to assist in the development and implementation of deliverables for the SEL project strand, and maintain ongoing communication with the project's Principal Investigator, Project Administrator, team members, and the sponsor. Specifically, these responsibilities include the following:

  • Work in coordination with project strand team to review, organize, and evaluate existing SEL supports  
  • Assist in the development and piloting of competency based SEL professional learning materials.
  • Design presentations and reports for communications with the sponsor and strand-related audiences.
  • Collect, analyze, and report data on the project strand deliverable progress, challenges, and areas for improvement.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • For Research Scientist rank must must hold degree in early childhood education, special education, social-emotional learning supports or related field. 
  • For Fellow non- classified status must hold graduate degree in early childhood education, special education, social-emotional learning supports or a related field.
  • Significant additional related experience may substitute for an advanced degree
  • Working experience with social-emotional learning frameworks
  • Passion for working collaboratively to design interventions and supports for educators, families, and students.
  • Background in education with interest in careers in either early childhood education policy or research.
  • Resilient, ambitious, self-starters interested in systems-level projects, services, and interventions.
  • Effective communication/presentation skills to support a variety of audiences.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Four or more years of experience in early childhood special education; with Infants and Toddlers program experience preferred
  • Experience with early childhood SEL approaches
  • Experience with academic research - e.g., literature reviews, applying research methods, data analysis.
  • Must be highly motivated, productive, and results oriented

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Practical application of social-emotional learning skills development
  • Skilled in data-driven cycles of instruction (e.g., needs assessments, development, teaching, implementation, and evaluation/assessment.
  • Providing family-centered services, supports, or interventions
  • Knowledge of web conferencing tools (e.g., Zoom)
  • Ability to collect data, analyze data, create reports, and prepare written communication with an attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a varied constituency
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of MS Office Suite software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for corresponding, analysis, information storage, and presentation
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence as demonstrated by a personal style which facilitates collaborative relationships while effectively managing projects
  • Ability to multi-task and must be organized and project oriented

Level of Independent Decision Making:

This position independently meets with members of the project team to define project requirements, update project progress, needs, and resources and makes follow-up plans independently, scope and deadline change recommendations. The employee will work collaboratively across teams at the IDEALS Institute Development and Learning Systems team and members of the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services.  

Supervisory Responsibility:

This employee will not be responsible for the direct supervision of other staff members.

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to work remotely for the days at the IDEALS institute and onsite in Baltimore, MD with the possibility for intermittent travel within the area.

Application Instructions

Applicants must provide a letter of interest, current CV, and three references. To apply, submit requested application materials to Please email Christina Kubilius, Sr. HR Coordinator, at with any questions regarding the application process.

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