Join our team

Join our team

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.


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.

Research Partnerships Manager

Character Lab is looking for a Research Partnerships Manager. Reporting to the Director of Research Partnerships, they will support Character Lab Research Network’s (CLRN) data management and liaise with both external and internal partners to develop efficient systems for collecting and disseminating research data. They will also prepare and manage communications regarding research projects on the network, ensure project timelines are met, manage Character Lab’s open science initiatives such as coordinating preregistration, and manage Character Lab’s internal research. The Research Partnerships Manager will ensure that data management is running smoothly for our partner school districts and research collaborators. This person 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, data collection and data management. To thrive within our small and dynamic team, the individual must be capable of juggling multiple projects at once, embracing time management, and spotting areas to improve process inefficiencies.

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant will report to and provide direct administrative support to the Executive Director, Dr. Sean Talamas. This person will also support the general operational needs of the organization and help to improve process inefficiencies wherever noticed. The ideal candidate is an organizational professional and feels at ease in a fast-paced environment.

The Executive Assistant will be involved with a variety of administrative processes, such as managing executive calendars, organizing meetings, planning C-level travel, and updating our database of contacts. Beyond working with our Executive Director, they will also support the Character Lab team as a whole, gaining exposure to a wide range of disciplines and projects. The candidate’s sense of organization and attention to detail will be critical, as they will assist with everything from light bookkeeping to event planning. The successful candidate is flexible, embraces time management, strives for continuous process improvement, and thrives within a small and dynamic team. An interest or background in psychology, education, or design is a plus.

The responsibilities of the position are subject to change as Character Lab matures and the organization’s needs change. The right candidate will take this opportunity to shape the position to suit their strengths and to leave their mark on the organization.

School Partnerships Manager

Character Lab is looking for a School Partnerships Manager. Reporting to the Director of School Partnerships, the School Partnerships Manager will work closely with Character Lab’s network of school and district partners to make the school-based research process fast, frictionless, and fruitful. This is an exciting opportunity for a results-oriented, innovative professional to have a tremendous impact by cultivating school partnerships and developing and coordinating systems for conducting research activities in schools.

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 research activities in schools (e.g., student and teacher interviews, teacher surveys, classroom studies), and work to improve our processes for increased efficiency.

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.