Research Assistant (3102-13)
MDRC - New York, NY

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MDRC is seeking a Technical Research Assistant to join our K-12 Education policy group and be part of a multidisciplinary team developing evaluation research on current education policy issues. Studies conducted examine programs aimed at improving the education of students in low-performing schools. Our research includes demonstrations and rigorous evaluations of interventions related to early-grade reading curricula, teacher professional development, after-school programs, middle school and high school reforms, and district-wide policy initiatives. Technical Research Assistants work under the guidance and supervision of leading researchers in the fields of education, public policy, economics, and sociology.

Responsibilities:

The Technical Research Assistant will 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)
  • Work with SAS computer programming: 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
  • Assistance in general project support, including scheduling meetings and note-taking
Qualifications:
  • BA/BS in mathematics, statistics, economics, education, public policy, psychology, sociology, or related social science field
  • Demonstrated interest in social policy issues affecting education
  • Basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Comfortable working in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Previous experience with programming in SAS or related software a plus
The position is based in MDRC’s New York office. Some on-the-job training is provided. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered.

Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Please attach a programming sample to your application.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, MDRC strongly encourages minorities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply. Legal work authorization required.

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