Careers

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We are a small team of researchers, designers, and educators—all committed to advancing the science and practice of character development. Our work makes schools better places for students to learn and flourish.

Excellence is a temporary achievement, not a status. We learn from our mistakes, depend on one another, leverage our diverse perspectives, take initiative, and give feedback early and often. Each day, we seek to exemplify the very character strengths that we promote.

Benefits and perks

All full-time positions offer competitive salaries and include full benefits with 100% employer-sponsored healthcare and 403(b) with employer match.

Location

Character Lab has a "one-roof" policy, as we believe our best collaborations happen in one space together. Therefore, all positions are full-time in our Philadelphia office.
 


Director of Communications

Character Lab is looking for a Director of Communications to lead overall communications and marketing strategy for the Character Lab brand. This position will report to our Chief Operating Officer, Sean Talamas.

As Director of Communications, you will take the lead on developing and implementing both internal and external messaging for the Character Lab brand and all associated products. This will involve working with internal staff as well as external consultants and agencies. On the communications side, you’ll be our point person for media partnerships and engagements, as well as take responsibility for developing our internal branding and style guide. When it comes to marketing, you’ll develop campaigns tied to various strategic initiatives, analyze and report on related metrics, and keep track of design assets.

The ideal candidate has led multiple and varied marketing/communications initiatives, feels comfortable handling multiple projects at once while delegating to internal and external teams, and thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic startup environment.

 
 
 
 
 

Director of Research

The Director of Research will work primarily on the Character Lab Research Network (CLRN) where they will liaise between top tier scientists and a fast growing network of school partners to facilitate a variety of research projects. Reporting to our Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Sean Talamas, as well as collaborating with other Directors, this individual will come into a role where they can combine their passion for research and education with their skills in project management and communication.

We are looking for an individual who has hands-on experience with research and understands its demands. Juggling multiple projects at once, the right candidate embraces time management, can spot areas to improve process inefficiencies, and will thrive within our small and dynamic team.


School Partnerships Manager

Reporting to the Director of Education (Emily Aisenbrey), the School Partnerships Manager will work closely with Character Lab’s network of school and district partners while developing and coordinating new systems for conducting research activities in schools. This is an exciting opportunity for a results-oriented, innovative professional to have a tremendous impact by ensuring Character Lab develops and maintains school partnerships to advance the science and practice of character development.

The School Partnerships Manager will manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously. They will present at conferences and plan events for school partners, recruit and onboard new schools, create systems for new types of activities in schools (e.g., student and teacher interviews, teacher surveys, classroom studies), and work to address inefficiency across our work.

We are looking for an individual who has education experience, either as an educator or dealing directly with them, and understands the complexities of working with schools. Juggling multiple projects at once, the right candidate embraces time management, effective communication, and will thrive within our small and dynamic team.


Junior Product Manager

Character Lab is looking for a Junior Product Manager. Reporting to our Director of Research Infrastructure (Nora Stinley), the Junior Product Manager will support the development and maintenance of Character Lab Research Network’s digital platform. This is an exciting opportunity for a user-oriented, innovative professional to have a tremendous impact by ensuring we develop and maintain the systems to advance the science and practice of character development.

Our digital platform is hosted by Qualtrics, and is a combination of standard Qualtrics products as well as custom products designed and developed  in collaboration with Qualtrics’ engineering services teams. This unique combination of technology allows Character Lab Research Network to facilitate character development research activities at our partner schools in a convenient and secure online format.

The Junior Product Manager will have strong input into the strategic development of our digital platform including the development of the product roadmap, fostering and maintaining relationships with key external partners such as Qualtrics, and collaborating with key stakeholders to design and advance the development of new digital products. In close collaboration with the Director of Research Infrastructure, they will be encouraged to make recommendations for process improvements as necessary.


Project Manager

Character Lab is looking for a Project Manager. Reporting to the Director of Research Infrastructure (Nora Stinley), the Project Manager will be responsible for the coordination and completion of key projects that enhance and maintain the functionality of the Character Lab Research Network digital platform. This is an exciting opportunity for a detail-oriented, innovative professional to have a tremendous impact by ensuring we build and maintain systems to advance the science and practice of character development.

Our digital platform is hosted by Qualtrics, and is a combination of standard Qualtrics products as well as custom products designed and developed in collaboration with Qualtrics’ engineering services teams. This unique combination of technology allows Character Lab Research Network to facilitate character development research activities to our partner schools in a convenient and secure online format.

The Project Manager will scope projects for the digital platform, including identifying resources, building timelines, and ensuring project deliverables are provided within scope and budget. In close collaboration with the product management team, they will set deadlines, devise project processes, and provide project status reports.

Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.