American Institutes for Research

  • Research Assistant, Early Childhood Education

    Job Location US | US-TX-Austin | US-NC-Chapel Hill | US-VA-Crystal City | US-MD-Rockville | US-CA-San Mateo | US-MA-Waltham | US-DC | US-IL-Chicago
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    United States
    Alternate locations
    Washington, D.C. / Rockville, Maryland / Crystal City, VA / Chapel Hill, North Carolina / Waltham, Massachusetts / Austin, Texas / San Mateo, California / Chicago, Illinois
  • Overview

    American Institutes for Research (AIR) a leading behavioral and social science research organization. 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, and conducts 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. This Research Assistant position can be based in AIR’s Washington, D.C., Rockville, Maryland, Crystal City, VA, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Waltham, Massachusetts, Austin, Texas, San Mateo, California office.


    The Research Assistant will provide support for projects in the early childhood education practice area and responsibilities include:
    • Support research and evaluation projects related to early childhood education and development
    • Perform literature searches and reviews
    • Assist with research tasks, including scheduling, note-taking,
    • Support data collection such as surveys, interviews, and focus groups
    • Compile and track information in spreadsheets and databases
    • Summarize information using descriptive statistics, tables, and figures
    • Support quantitative and/or qualitative analyses, including cleaning, organizing, and analyzing data
    • Assist with designing and testing data collection instruments and protocols
    • Contribute to reports, briefs, memos, and technical assistance documents


    • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, statistics, public policy, education, or a related field
    • Working knowledge of quantitative or qualitative analysis software, such as STATA, SPSS, NVivo, or Atlas.ti
    • Attention to detail
    • Strong management and organizational skills, especially an ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Ability to work as a part of a team
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint



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