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.

Director of Programs

The Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) is an applied research center at Stanford University. PERTS was founded in 2010 to translate insights from the psychological and developmental sciences into scalable resources that educators everywhere can use to foster students’ natural drive to learn. We empower educators to improve the quality and equity of students’ learning experiences so that all students are inspired and equipped to learn and thrive.

We’re looking for a highly motivated Director of Programs who enjoys working in a fast-paced and frequently changing environment. This is a full time position. Our office is located in San Francisco, but remote work arrangements can be made for the right candidate. The role will require travel.

The Director of Programs is needed to spearhead PERTS programs/initiatives to scale including: (1) developing/expanding programs where there is demand and content readily available; (2) leading the planning of program development/implementation; (3) managing cross-team collaboration efforts internally and relationships with current/potential collaborators. This position will report to the Executive Director and work closely with all members of the team.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Developing an overarching programmatic strategy plan and detailed timeline for execution.
  • Project managing programs/initiatives throughout their cycle.
  • Coordinating with PERTS staff, contractors, and external partners to ensure the implementation of programs/products align with long-term PERTS goals.
  • Coordinating market research initiatives to meet and exceed stakeholder and user needs.
  • Promoting the goals of PERTS through outreach and funding initiatives including presentations, proposals, and conference participation (either in-person or via the web).
  • Managing the development and improvements to the program materials.
  • Coach and mentor PERTS staff, students, and volunteers, when applicable, who are performing PERTS programmatic tasks including scoping workplans, providing client support, and developing/updating content.
  • Organize regular meetings with PERTS staff to ensure their work is going along schedule and assist in brainstorming and providing support to get through challenges in the product development cycle.
  • Identify definable metrics for the programs/products developed within PERTS, implement tools to gather the data, analyze the data, present the results, and develop proposals to advance PERTS goals and strategy.

Required Qualifications:

  • Work experience in education and/or nonprofits
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional planning and organizational abilities (with large-scale project management)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent problem- solving skills
  • Desire to give feedback and receive feedback
  • Familiarity with and/or a desire to learn a variety of technology tools and software including Google Suite, MS Suite, Adobe, Dropbox, Box
  • Willingness and ability to learn quickly and take on a variety of projects with minimal supervision

Desired Qualifications:

  • Work experience in education sales or partnership support
  • Experience in education program or product development
  • Familiarity with social psychology
  • Experience writing and/or editing content
  • Experience and/or comfortability with managing and coaching others
  • Experience with or insight about the challenges faced by students from historically underrepresented minority groups and/or from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds

If you are interested in applying to the role, please apply online at:

Research Assistant

The Stanford University PERTS lab in the Department of Psychology is looking for a part-time Research Assistant (RA) for 10-15 hours per week. We study the psychology of learning and create tools and resources that empower educators to build more engaging and equitable learning environments. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment.

This is a 6-month temporary position, with the possibility of continued renewal depending on the needs of the organization. Prior PERTS RAs have gone onto doctoral programs at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UCLA.

The RA’s duties will vary depending on the needs of the PERTS team, but major duties will include literature reviews; supporting our marketing and outreach; drafting copy and updating our website content, surveys, and written reports; supporting the research team with citations/references; and assisting with recruiting and program implementation for our large scale studies and programs.

You will be working with a small research group with a start-up mentality and large ambitions for increasing the academic success of students.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development of promotional, recruiting, and program implementation materials for our programs
  • Search for content related to our research/programs and draft content for our team to reference, for our social media accounts and other applicable locations
  • Draft emails to send to users on our list-serves
  • Help with research related tasks as needed, such as writing up reference sections, proofreading, setting up surveys, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Recent college graduate of a 2- or 4- year program
  • Major or minor in psychology or related experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Interest in acquiring new technical skills, including basic web development (HTML, CSS)
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Willingness and ability to learn quickly and take on a variety of projects with minimal supervision

Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest in psychological and/or educational research and/or programs
  • Familiarity with the following software (or willingness to learn how to use it): Google Drive, MS Office Suite, Dropbox,, Git and Github
  • Familiarity with and/or a willingness to become proficient with survey software such as Qualtrics
  • Experience with social media marketing

The Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS) is an applied research center at Stanford University. We partner with schools, colleges, and other organizations to improve student motivation and achievement on a large scale. We bridge the gap between cutting-edge research and large scale implementation. We believe that properly scaling educational research can empower schools to improve equality of opportunity and create better experiences for students and teachers.

If you are interested in applying to the role, please apply online at:

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.