Research Associate
American Institutes for Research - Washington, DC

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

We are currently seeking Research Associates with strong analytic skills, knowledge of research methods, and relevant content expertise, ideally in early childhood education or related area, to join our Education Program in our Washington, DC office, with Chicago, IL and San Mateo, CA as potential options for the right candidate. Typically, Research Associates work on two to three different projects.

• Collect and manage data for projects, including supervising data entry, collecting extant data, merging data sets, cleaning and checking the accuracy of data, recoding data as needed, and documenting changes made to data sets.
• Contribute to instrument development, such as creating survey items, developing interview protocols, and pilot testing these instruments using cognitive interviewing and other methods.
• Use Stata or other quantitative analysis software packages to conduct analyses under the direction of project managers.
• Prepare data tables and short written descriptions of analysis results, and contribute to reporting.
• Review and summarize literature using systematic review methods.
• Communicate project support needs and requests to senior management and clientele.
• Assist in correspondence and meetings with study participants and/or clients.
• Write section of proposals, reports, and other deliverables.

This position requires a Master's Degree in Public Policy, Economics, Statistics, Developmental Psychology or a related field with coursework in research design and statistics. Our desired candidate will be familiar with early childhood education programs and policies, such as publicly funded pre-kindergarten and Head Start; have knowledge of research design and methods; be experienced and comfortable working with data; and be responsible for making independent contributions to team-based research projects. Proficiency with Stata or a similar quantitative analysis software package required, along with an outstanding academic record and excellent writing and communication skills. Prior experience contributing to research projects is preferred.


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