American Institutes for Research

  • Senior Researcher: Center for English Language Learners

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    United States
    Alternate locations
    Washington, D.C., Chicago, Illinois, Waltham, Massachusetts, San Mateo, California or Austin, Texas
  • 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. 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.

    AIR's Center for English Language Learners (ELLs) is committed to reducing the achievement gap and improving outcomes for English language learners by conducting rigorous research and connecting research to policy and practice. The Center for ELLs project work includes:
    • Research related to improving instruction and learning: AIR researchers conduct rigorous studies of instructional interventions in order to determine what works best for ELLs.
    • Evaluation research: AIR experts evaluate federal, state, and district practices and policies affecting ELLs and craft evidence-based recommendations for policymakers.
    • ELL specialists at AIR provide valuable technical assistance and professional development to help states and districts improve instruction and learning for ELLs. We tailor our services to meet the specific needs of our clients.
    • The policy work of the Center for ELLs currently focuses on analysis of state and federal policies and assistance to federal and state policymakers on issues relevant to ELLs.

    AIR's Center for ELLs is seeking a Senior Researcher to provide management of mixed-methods evaluation projects, with a specific emphasis on projects focused on ELL-related policies and practices.


    • Apply appropriate techniques to collect, analyze and report quantitative and qualitative data
    • Write policy briefs and evaluation reports which may be focused on English language learners
    • Manage projects and staff including leading projects for the Center for ELLs at AIR, interacting with clients, and supervising and supporting project team members
    • Mentor staff, share approaches to solving concrete problems, and provide feedback on the work of others
    • Engage in business development activities for the Center for ELLs at AIR including identifying opportunities and strategic partnerships, cultivating relationships with existing and potential new clients, writing proposals, and developing budgets


    • PhD in Education or related fields with some focus on the development of language and content area knowledge in ELLs and educational policies and practices related to ELLs
    • Minimum of 3 years experience leading studies related to education policies and programming with some focus on ELLs
    • Knowledge about K-12 ELL federal and state policies and ELL instructional programming
    • Knowledge of methodology used to collect, analyze, and report quantitative and qualitative data
    • Ability to conduct secondary analyses of extant data
    • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills including strong communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to produce concise, high-level briefings or reports

    This position can be located in AIR's Washington, D.C., Chicago, Illinois, Waltham, Massachusetts, San Mateo, California or Austin, Texas office.



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