The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leading behavioral and social science research organization. We are a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects from early childhood development to adult education. AIR prides itself in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for significant federal, state, and private organizations. Our vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people.
AIR is currently seeking a Principal Education Researcher who may be located in our Chicago, IL; San Mateo, CA; Waltham, MA; or Washington, D.C. office (preference for Chicago). The Principal Researcher will help develop and grow work in the Youth Development and Supportive Learning Environments practice area at AIR. The focus of the practice area is the positive development of young people, in schools and in out-of-school time settings in partnership with families, schools, and communities. Practice Area members support young people's learning and development through capacity building, research and evaluation, and policy efforts. We are seeking an individual who can work in conjunction with a strong team of senior staff; engage in strategic planning; lead efforts to win new work; and carry out this work via designing and leading research and evaluation projects, as well as through strong project management and client relationships. The candidate will also have deep content expertise and have a record of leading research and evaluation projects in the field of youth development. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will have experience in designing and executing mixed methods design and in implementation science.
The Principal Researcher provides leadership, mentorship, and technical advice in support of AIR education-related projects to ensure research integrity, appropriate design and application of research methodologies and analysis techniques, development of accurate conclusions, clear reporting, applicability to problems of practice, and client satisfaction. An important aspect of the role will include the mentoring and development of AIR research staff, as well as active business development and pursuit.