American Institutes for Research

  • Researcher, Early Childhood Education

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    United States
    Alternate locations
    Crystal City, VA or Chicago, IL or Waltham, MA or Austin, TX or San Mateo, CA
  • 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.

    We are currently seeking a Researcher with quantitative and/or qualitative experience to support our Early Childhood (EC) Practice Area. This Practice Area focuses on efforts that promote the wellness of young children ages birth to school age, including their physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development. In addition to infants/toddlers and preschool-age children, the Practice Area encompasses research/evaluation and technical assistance projects related to families and communities that support young children's growth and development, including language acquisition and early literacy.


    The Early Childhood Education Researcher will be responsible for:
    - Leading tasks and projects related to early childhood development and education
    - Conceptualizing problems in early childhood research and evaluation and designing studies to address them
    - Contributing substantively, thoughtfully, and creatively to projects
    - Managing collaborative project teams and managing junior staff
    - Selecting and conducting appropriate statistical analyses of moderate complexity and interpreting results in a meaningful, policy-relevant way
    - Writing reports, briefs, proposals and other documents that are clear, concise, thoughtful and contribute substantively to the field
    - Managing client and stakeholder relationships in ways that are respectful and demonstrate knowledge of the field and policy landscape
    - Demonstrating cultural competence and sensitivity in all interactions with colleagues, stakeholders, and study participants


    - Ph.D. in psychology, education, child/human development, other related field or Master’s degree with 4-7 years of related experience
    - Strong qualitative and/or quantitative analysis skills
    - Ability to take big ideas and develop work plans and timelines
    - Strong verbal and written communication skills
    - Team leadership experience
    - Adaptability and tolerance for ambiguity
    - Orientation to detail and quality
    - Experience building and maintaining client and partner relationships
    - Bilingual in Spanish preferred



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