American Institutes for Research

Economic Researcher, Workforce Development & Postsecondary Education

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Established in 1946, with headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, 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. Our mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.


AIR is currently seeking an Economic Researcher to join our growing Workforce program, which houses and supports work in the areas of Career and Technical Education (CTE), Postsecondary Education, Workforce Policies and Programs and Programs, Adult Learning, Individuals with Disabilities, Human Capital Solutions and Training, and employment and training initiatives focused on a wide range of Underserved Populations (justice-involved, opportunity youth, veterans, etc.). Ideal candidates should possess their PhD with a concentration in labor economics or a related field. Candidates will have the opportunities to work in the areas of employment and public policy, job training and retraining, unemployment support, wage determination and equity, and other issues related to human capital formation in the context of postsecondary-to-career pathways, labor supply and demand, and other issues. This position can be remote, hybrid, or fully located out of any of the following AIR locations once offices are reopened: Crystal City, VA; Rockville, MD; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Chapel Hill, NC; Waltham, MA; or Sacramento, CA.


The Economic Researcher will work on multiple projects across the above areas, with responsibilities that include contributing or leading the following:  

  • Study and research design, including the conceptualization and design of data collection frameworks and/or data crosswalks
  • Analytic approaches and methods, including using appropriate statistical and/or psychometric methods (multiple linear regression, HLM, Structural Equation Modeling, IRT, etc.) in the interpretation and presentation of complex quantitative data
  • Writing of reports, briefs, proposals, and other documents that are clear, concise, thoughtful, audience-friendly and contribute substantively to the field
  • Management of tasks and projects using rigorous designs such as randomized control trials, regression discontinuity, and quasi-experimental designs with tight controls, including providing direction and guidance to assigned project staff
  • Client and partner relationships to plan, implement, and present study results while maintaining appropriate professional objectivity


  • A Ph.D. in economics with expertise in labor economics or a related field of microeconomics, with demonstrated proficiency in applied econometrics or statistics.
  • Ability to apply advanced statistical methods and to communicate effectively about these methods to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Proficiency in STATA or R, and openness to learning new statistical tools as required for different projects
  • Knowledge and/or experience with the analysis of large-scale data sets and experimental and quasi-experimental designs
  • Prior quantitative research on policy- and practice-relevant topics in one or more of the workforce topic areas noted above using advanced methods such as fixed effects, regression discontinuity, or instrumental variables


Relevant expertise, experience, and interest in research and study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting on one or more of the topic areas covered in AIR’s Workforce Program, including but not limited to:

  • Labor demand/supply analysis, job skills analysis, and development of skill assessments
  • Sector-focused workforce and economic development strategies, unemployment insurance, job training/retraining, job matching, reemployment services, and apprenticeships
  • Federal labor policies and programs
  • College access and readiness, financial aid and student debt, institutional change and reform to close equity gaps, institutional capacities, STEM education, and student experiences and outcomes
  • Career exploration and planning, career technical education, work-based learning, career academies and pathways, student experiences and outcomes
  • Career pathways, education/job training, transition supports, vocational rehabilitation, and programming and accommodations youth and adults with disabilities
  • Veteran/military/military spouse students and job training
  • Adult learning, including adult English language learners, digital skills, citizenship education, prison-based adult education, and integrated education and training strategies
  • Organizational structures, processes, programming, and business models that result in more equitable postsecondary and workforce outcomes
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence in any of the above program settings and in the workplace

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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