• Postsecondary Education: Research Associate

    Job Location US-DC
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  • Overview

    The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR is a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects from early childhood development to adult education. We pride ourselves in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for significant federal, state, and private organizations. AIR's vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people.

    Our DC office is currently seeking a Research Associate to support AIR’s Secondary Education, college and Career Readiness team in work related to improving postsecondary student success outcomes, including work with institutions and the national partners that support them. Additional topics of focus may include: (1) graduates’ workforce outcomes, (2) postsecondary competency-based education, and (3) strategic institutional finance.


    • Gather, manage, and analyze quantitative data related to postsecondary education
    • Conduct interviews and focus groups with students, faculty, and university administrators
    • Contribute to development of short-form and long-form reports, as well as executive briefing materials
    • Support business development activities of senior members of the Secondary Education, college and Career Readiness (SECCR) team
    • Developing conceptual frameworks/logic models that guide project work


    • Master’s degree or equivalent in a related area such as Statistics, Education, Survey/Research Methods, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, or other related fields;
    • Two years of work experience at higher education institution or postsecondary focused organization is strongly preferred;
    • Team leadership experience;
    • Experience with Word, Excel and Access;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills:
    • Attention to detail;
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;


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