• Early Childhood: Research Associate

    Job Location US-NC-Chapel Hill
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    United States
  • Overview

    The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a behavioral and social science research organization with over 1800 employees. AIR aims to improve education, health, and workforce development through its research. Projects include randomized control trials, program evaluations, policy research, and technical assistance for a variety of federal and state agencies, charitable foundations, and other private organizations. AIR is committed to diversity in its strategy, operations, and work environment.


    The Research Associate will provide support on at least two projects in the early childhood practice area and will be based in the Chapel Hill Office. The initial work will be focused on two randomized control trials of early language and literacy interventions, which serve young children who have speech and language delays or who are at risk of reading difficulties. For both projects, the Research Associate’s responsibilities will include day-to-day project coordination tasks, such as:
    • Prepare meeting agendas, plan meeting logistics, and take meeting notes to monitor and track work streams generated by project meetings;
    • Demonstrate leadership and initiative in anticipating and addressing project coordination needs;
    • Recruit and interface with study participants, answering their ongoing questions in a sensitive and responsive manner;
    • Assist with development of data collection protocols and processes, for data collector training, data intake, and ongoing management of data for analyses;
    • Collaborate with Survey and Data Sciences and Client Technology Solutions divisions to deploy new technologies for data collection, and assist senior staff with learning and using new technology;
    • Communicate clearly and accurately with clients about project status when necessary, and represent AIR in a professional manner;
    • Prepare documents, portions of reports, briefs, charts, and graphs that describe and interpret findings of analyses; and
    • Execute and manage contracts with subcontractors and consultants, in collaboration with Contracts and Purchasing departments.


    • Master’s degree in a field such as psychology, statistics, public policy, education, or a related field;
    • At least 2 years of research assistant experience, conducting tasks such as project coordination, data collection, and/or data analysis;
    • Attention to detail and strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and comfort with taking the initiative to identify and respond to project coordination needs;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Ability to maintain professional and effective working relationships with project staff, clients, and study participants;
    • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team;
    • Training in psychological measurement and research design, and interest/experience in early childhood research, is highly preferred; and
    • Working knowledge of quantitative analysis software, such as SPSS or STATA, is a plus.



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