• Research Associate: Education Research

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    United States
    Alternate locations
    Washington, D.C., San Mateo, California, Chicago, Illinois, Austin, Texas, and Waltham, Massachusetts
    Professional Services
  • Overview

    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 as well as individual and organizational performance. AIR prides itself in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects, with a focus on education for significant federal, state, and private organizations. AIR's vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people. We are seeking a Research Associate to join our Research & Evaluation group at of the following locations: Washington, D.C., San Mateo, California, Chicago, Illinois, Austin, Texas, and Waltham, Massachusetts.


    The candidate will be responsible for data management and analysis on education projects, as well as the following:
    • Assist in the design and planning of qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments including interview protocols, focus group protocols and surveys
    • Clean, code, and analyze data from surveys, interviews, observations and extant data using the appropriate statistical approaches and software (e.g. STATA, R, SPSS)
    • Prepare documents, portions of reports, briefs, charts, and graphs that describe and interpret findings of analyses
    • Clearly communicate knowledge of the project purpose and objectives to clients, site-based staff, and other evaluation stakeholders when necessary and represent AIR in a professional manner
    • Work independently and in team-based projects


    • Master’s degree in Education or Social Sciences (Economics, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, etc.) with at least 2 years of related experience with the following:
    o Collecting data from the field using a variety of methodologies and data collection techniques such as structured interviews, observations, and survey research
    o Working with and cleaning large data sets
    o Analyzing data using descriptive and inferential statistics
    o Communicating research findings both in writing and orally
    • Demonstrated familiarity with the organization of data, including database structure, record layouts and file structure
    • Knowledge of various analytic and data management software (STATA, R, SPSS)
    • Ability to work with a variety of educational stakeholders and audiences
    • Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team
    • Experience in conducting quantitative analyses, with a focus on regression-based and multi-level models
    • Experience in school settings is desirable
    • Clear written and oral communication skills



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