American Institutes for Research

Research Assistant, Education Systems (Waltham, MA) – Telework Eligible

Job Location US-MA-Waltham
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AIR is seeking Research Assistants to join our Education Systems Program Area within AIR’s Human Services Division to aid us with improving outcomes in Education.


These positions will primarily be located out of AIR’s Waltham, MA office and have the option to telework two days a week.


About AIR:


Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.


AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.


The responsibilities for the position include:

  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative research data and contribute to the reporting and interpretation of findings
  • Conduct classroom observations in K-12 schools
  • Develop spreadsheets and data bases to support project activities
  • Conduct literature reviews to support projects and proposals
  • Assist staff in the review, identification and development of scholarly information describing research findings


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science related fields
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of data collection and analysis methodologies and techniques, such as survey design, and conducting structured interviews, observations, and focus groups
  • Experience with or inclination to learn and use software programs such as NVivo, R, SPSS, or Stata to analyze data – a plus (not required)


  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy when writing
  • Effective communicator
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite or the equivalent (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software)
  • Comfortable working independently and as a member of a team


AIR requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a legally required exemption from AIR, as a condition of employment.  AIR will ask candidates to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made.  Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for exemption prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment from AIR


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 age, 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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