Research Associate
American Institutes for Research - Chicago, IL

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR is a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects from early childhood development to adult education as well as individual and organizational performance. AIR prides itself in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for significant federal, state, and private organizations. AIR's vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people.

The Research Associate will support and contribute to the research and evaluation projects within the Education, Human Development and the Workforce Program.

This position may be based in either our Chicago, IL or Naperville, IL office.

  • Assist in the design and planning of qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments including interview protocols, focus group protocols and surveys
  • Coordinate and conduct field based, district and/or school level data collection activities including interviews, structured observations, focus groups and collection of specified documents
  • Code and analyze data from surveys, interviews, observations and extant data using the appropriate analysis tools
  • Prepare documents, portions of reports, briefs, charts, and graphs that describe and interpret findings of analyses
  • Conduct and annotate literature reviews
  • Clearly communicate knowledge of the project purpose and objectives to clients when necessary and represent AIR in a professional manner.
  • Communicate effectively, orally or in writing, with clients, site-based staff, and other evaluation stakeholders.
  • Masters Degree within Education or Social Sciences (Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, etc.)
  • 1-3 years of related experience with the following:
a. Collecting data from the field using a variety of methodologies and data collection techniques such as structured interviews, observations, and survey research
b. Data analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics
c. Analyzing interview and focus group data
d. Communicating research findings both in writing and orally
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the organization of data, including database structure, record layouts and file structure
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of research principles and research design
  • Demonstrated knowledge of K-12 education
  • Knowledge of various analytic and data management software (e.g., SPSS, EXCEL, SAS STATA, NViVO and Access).
  • Ability to work with a variety of educational stake holders and audiences
  • Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team
  • Available to travel locally and nationally

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) lives and breathes to enhance human performance. The not-for-profit organization conducts...