Research Associate II
Brandeis University - Waltham, MA

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The Heller School at Brandeis University is looking for a Research Associate II. This person will work with senior staff and is responsible for conducting the planning, instrument development, implementation, and analysis activities for evaluations of programs serving primarily young people. S/he will serve as primary staff in designing surveys and other data collection tools, developing management information systems, managing project sites, coordinating data collection, and conducting data analysis for multiple projects.

Examples of Key Responsibilities:

· Responsible for research and program evaluation planning and design, including conducting literature reviews; designing surveys, developing sampling and data collection strategies, and creating management information systems, and evaluation protocols;

· Responsible for coordinating and conducting complex data collection processes, including conducting site visits and telephone interviews; managing survey preparation, dissemination, and collection; and coordinating follow-up survey activities for longitudinal studies.

· Conducts quantitative and qualitative data analyses of data from surveys, site visits, phone interviews, management information systems, and other sources. Quantitative analyses include use of advanced data analysis techniques, including multi-variate analyses.

· Develops written reports and oral presentations regarding the results of evaluation projects and other research; also prepares technical materials (such as an analysis plan) for research proposals and grant applications.

· Coordinates multiple complex evaluation projects; responsible for providing project management support.


Must have a strong working knowledge of youth development; educational programs and strategies (e.g., service-learning and/or project-based learning); and program evaluation approaches and methods.

Must have excellent quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills (including knowledge of advanced statistical analysis and use of statistical software such as SPSS).

Must be able to work independently; manage multiple priorities under demanding timelines; identify creative solutions to problems; and plan and coordinate complex tasks.

Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills (writing for publication, making public presentations, translating findings for non-technical audiences, data visualization skills, and working with a wide range of individuals).

Ability to generate high quality products independent of support staff using such programs as Word, Power Point, Excel, Access, and SPSS.

Must be willing to travel up to 30% of the time to attend meetings and/or conduct field work.

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