American Institutes for Research

Quantitative Researcher - Youth, Family, and Community Development

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Established in 1946, with headquarters in Crystal City, Va, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance and capacity building services domestically and internationally in health, social development, education, and workforce to a growing roster of clients and partners.


The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. We pride ourselves in conducting high-impact, high-stakes research and evaluation 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 experts are a frequent source of information and guidance for policymakers, stakeholders, and the news media.

AIR’s Youth, Family, and Community Development program area is seeking a Quantitative Researcher to join us as we work to foster equitable pathways for youth, families, and communities to thrive through cross sector collaboration with programs, providers, and systems. Our program area includes projects that address a variety of content areas in community, school, and justice settings:

  • Public Health, Schools, and Communities (e.g., community engagement, comprehensive safety in schools and in communities, mental health promotion and school-based mental health services, school discipline, social determinants of health, suicide prevention, trauma-informed care and approaches, and violence prevention),
  • Thriving Youth & Justice Systems (e.g., adolescent science, criminal justice and policing, intergenerational supports for families impacted by the justice system, juvenile justice, re-entry and supports, restorative justice, social justice, youth engagement, and youth led movements),
  • Whole Child Learning & Development in K-12 Educational Settings (e.g., conditions for learning, mindsets and mindfulness, restorative practices, school climate, science of learning and development, and social and emotional learning and related frameworks), and
  • Youth Development & Family Engagement (e.g., arts, community schools, family engagement, nature and environmental education, out-of-school time, sports, youth engagement, and youth leadership development).

In addition to these content areas, the program area houses the AIR Center for Addition Research and Effective Solutions (a multi-disciplinary center dedicated to preventing and reducing the negative consequences of substance misuse).

AIR staff typically work on a variety of projects. While this position will primarily serve projects in YFCD, Researchers may also work on projects in other program areas at AIR, such as Education Systems, Educators and Instruction, and Health, depending on need, availability, and interest.

This position can be located out of any of the following AIR locations once offices are reopened: Crystal City, VA; Rockville, MD; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; or Chapel Hill, NC.


The Quantitative Researcher will work on several projects with responsibilities including:

  • Lead tasks and projects using rigorous designs such as randomized control trials, regression discontinuity, and quasi-experimental designs with tight controls.
  • Design data collection frameworks and/or data crosswalks.
  • Contribute substantively, thoughtfully, and creatively to the conceptualization and design of research studies in the area of youth, families, and community development.
  • Analyze, interpret, and report on complex quantitative data using appropriate statistical methods (multiple linear regression, logistic regression, HLM, and so on).
  • Write reports, briefs, proposals and other documents that are clear, concise, thoughtful and contribute substantively to the field.
  • Monitor, coordinate, and provide direction to assigned project staff; providing advice and guidance to staff in terms of appropriate research methods, analysis, and reporting.
  • Develop and manage ongoing relationships with clients to plan, implement, and report on the results of studies while maintaining appropriate professional objectivity.
  • Provide assistance to clients for analytical or statistical expertise.


  • Ph.D. in education, economics, sociology, developmental psychology, public policy, prevention research, community psychology, quantitative psychology, or other related field, or Master’s degree with 4-7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Able to apply advanced statistical methods, and able to communicate effectively about these methods to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Highly proficient in STATA or R, and open to learning new statistical tools as required by different projects.
  • Knowledge or experience with the analysis of large-scale data sets, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.
  • Prior quantitative research on policy-relevant topics in education and social or public policy using advanced methods such as fixed effects, regression discontinuity, or instrumental variables.
  • Passionate about topics related to youth, family, and community development (see program area description above) a must.
  • Specialized expertise in content related to social and emotional learning, justice, out-of-school time, youth development, and other topics specific to our program area (see description above) preferred.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.




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