Senior Research Analyst, Position #0349
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 applied research and analysis for the Research Department.

Position Summary: The essential functions of this position include conceptualizing and conducting a broad range of research projects and secondary analyses in areas that include teacher quality, teaching and learning, education policy and practice, and membership targeting/organizing. The incumbent provides expertise and skills in advanced multivariate statistical methods and develops written reports, publications, graphics, talking points, and presentations accessible to diverse audiences, including NEA and affiliate staff and education professionals and policymakers. Additional responsibilities include analyzing, interpreting, and synthesizing existing research; conducting and advising research studies and program evaluations; providing expert advice and analytical support to the development of policy initiatives; and keeping abreast of issues facing NEA’s constituencies. The incumbent also serves as subject matter expert on K-12 and higher education research methodologies and calculates costs of research projects. To carry out responsibilities, the incumbent uses a personal computer, associated software, and other office technology, and travels occasionally.

Required Skills

Selection Criteria: Tier 1 (Essential): Extensive knowledge and practical experience in conceptualizing, designing and conducting social science research, synthesizing research literature, and analyzing data sources. Proven training and experience in research design and methodology, including advanced statistical methods such as multi-level regression analysis, factor analysis, and discrete data analysis. 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 research findings for technical and non-technical audiences. Proven oral and written communication skills. Successful references. Tier 2 (Significant): Experience conducting research for an advocacy organization or in a similar environment. Substantive background in K-12 and higher education policy and research. Substantive background in national, state, and local economic policies as they relate to the funding of public education. Experience with survey design and analysis. Significant experience in collaborating with others for purposes of identifying, defining and solving problems. Experience in using national datasets, 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 Research’s mission and strategic focus.

Required Experience

Qualifications: Minimum Education Requirement: Ph.D. in Education, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Statistics or related discipline, including advanced graduate studies 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 social science research involving the application of advanced statistical techniques in the analysis of complex datasets; experience in heading major research projects; and strong writing and public speaking skills, with proven ability to communicate complex ideas to professional and lay audiences. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Some travel required (approximately 15-20 overnights per year). Samples of recent work products (e.g. writing, presentation, and research materials) may be required at interview.