Research Assistant (7102-79)
MDRC is a leading education and social policy research organization. We are currently seeking Research Assistants to join our K-12 education policy area group, which works to conduct rigorous research on some of the most critical issues in public education. Our researchers are at the top of the field and work on multiple large-scale projects for a variety of funders, including the U.S. Department of Education and The Spencer Foundation, among many other private and public organizations seeking to build evidence and knowledge about important educational issues. We conduct many of our evaluations in urban school districts, such as Philadelphia and New York City, but also do research in rural districts in states like Florida and Ohio. Specifically, our work focuses on improving the educational opportunities and experiences of low-income populations, by boosting high school graduation rates, closing racial and economic achievement gaps, and using behavioral nudges to improve educational outcomes.
Roles and Responsibilities:
The new Research Assistant will have the opportunity to support a range of projects focused on improving K-12 education. Research Assistants have a range of technical and nontechnical responsibilities, including:
•Assistance in all stages of program and evaluation design and implementation
•Involvement in various stages of producing reports, proposals, and papers (coordinating across authors; memo writing; literature searches; preparing figures, charts, and tables; fact-checking and documentation)
•Statistical programming using SAS and/or R: data collection, data cleaning, and converting data files received in a variety of formats to a form that is that is useful for answering research questions
•Participation in quantitative analyses
•Participation in qualitative research, such as coding, and possibly including visits to school districts
•Participation in operations work, including recruitment of, outreach to, and coordination with school districts
•General support for multiple projects, including management of evaluation activities, scheduling meetings, taking notes, and managing project organization databases
Qualifications & Requirements Qualifications:
•BA/BS in mathematics, statistics, economics, education, public policy, psychology, sociology, or related social science field
•Demonstrated interest in social policy issues, such as K-12 education policy
•Basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods
•Excellent attention to detail and ability to multi-task and work efficiently
•Comfortable working in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment
•Very strong writing and verbal communication skills
•Ability to collaborate and work well with program teams comprised of senior and junior staff and demonstrated sensitivity to conducting research in communities that serve traditionally underrepresented groups
•Previous experience with programming in SAS, R, or related software a plus
•Previous experience working in a nonprofit setting or as a research assistant is a plus
The Research Assistant positions can be based in MDRC’s New York City or Oakland, CA, offices.
Some on-the-job training is provided. We offer excellent fringe benefits, including generous paid vacation and personal days and comprehensive health insurance, among others. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.
MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.
MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. We design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. We work as an intermediary, bringing together public and private funders to test new policy-relevant ideas, and communicate what we learn to policymakers and practitioners — all with the goal of improving the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children.