Senior Research Analyst, #0413
National Education Association (NEA) - Washington, DC

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The position supports the NEA’s strategic objective to focus the energy and resources of its 3+ million members toward the promotion of public education by providing professional expertise in survey research and quantitative analysis.

Position Summary: This position involves providing high-level specialized professional expertise to the Research department and the C enter for Great Public Schools. The essential functions of this position include conceptualizing and conducting a broad range of survey-based research and secondary analyses in areas such as teacher quality, teaching and learning, education policy and practice, and membership targeting/organizing; providing expertise and skills in advanced multivariate statistical methods; developing written reports, publications, graphics, and presentations accessible to diverse audiences. To carry out responsibilities, the incumbent uses a personal computer, associated software, other office technology and travels occasionally.

Required Skills

Selection Criteria: Tier 1 (Essential): Extensive knowledge and practical experience in conceptualizing, designing and conducting survey-based and secondary analyses on topics pertaining to K-12 and higher education. Training and experience in advanced statistical methods, such as demographic modeling, economic estimation techniques, forecasting, multi-level regression analysis, discrete data analysis, meta-analysis, etc. Training and/or experience in designing complex samples and computing appropriate tests of significance for complex designs. Extensive knowledge of key education policy issues, research literature and data sources relevant to public K-12 and higher education. Expertise in analyzing large data sets using SAS, STATA, or SPSS. Proven project management skills and ability to allocate time and resources toward the completion of multiple projects with overlapping timelines. Demonstrated ability to synthesize and interpret quantitative research documents for professional and lay audiences. Proven oral and written communications skills. Tier 2 (Significant): Significant experience in collaborating with others for purposes of identifying, defining and solving problems. Membership and active participation in professional organizations. Extensive networks within academic and policy communities. Experience in using national data sets, particularly those maintained by NCES, Census Bureau, and other Federal agencies (e.g., Schools and Staffing Survey, Common Core of Data, American Community Surveys, Current Population Surveys, etc.). Tier 3 (Desirable): Capacity to work effectively within the context of the NEA, an advocacy organization. Knowledge or experience calculating the cost of projects, delineating the scope of work in contracts for services, and monitoring/evaluating contractor activities and products. Knowledge of NEA’s mission and strategic focus.

Required Experience

Qualifications: Minimum Education Requirement: Ph.D. in Sociology, Economics, Statistics or related discipline, including advanced graduate studies that provide a solid foundation in research methodology and statistics or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills may be acquired. Minimum Qualifications: Five years of progressively responsible experience in education research involving the application of advanced statistical techniques in the analysis of complex data sets; experience in heading major research projects; experience writing for professional and scholarly journals and in public speaking, with proven ability to communicate complex ideas to professional and lay audiences. Other Requirements: Some travel required (approximately 15-20 overnights per year). Applicant must provide five copies of up to three reports, chapters, articles and/or research briefs on education topics designed and written by applicant required at least one week prior to interview (one may be co-authored with others).

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