American Institutes for Research

  • Research Associate, Early Childhood Education

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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 Associate 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, Chicago, Illinois office.


    The Research Associate will provide support for projects in the early childhood education practice area and responsibilities include:
    • Assist with project management, scheduling meetings, organizing tasks and activities for more junior staff
    • Data management and analysis on early childhood projects, including:
    o Assist in the design and planning of qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments including interview protocols, focus group protocols and surveys
    o 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 early childhood education, psychology, statistics, public policy, education, or a related field
    • At least two years of research assistant experience, conducting tasks such as project coordination, data collection, and/or data analysis
    • Training in psychological measurement and research design, and interest/experience in early childhood research
    • Working knowledge of quantitative analysis software, such as STATA or SPSS
    • Attention to detail
    • Strong management and organizational skills, especially an ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Fluency in Spanish preferred



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