EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)
Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.
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The School Improvement Portfolio in the US Division has an opening for a Research Associate II position to be located in either Waltham, MA or Chicago, IL.
Staff in the School Improvement portfolio provide expertise in formal and informal education through designing and conducting research, evaluation, research syntheses, and secondary data analysis. School Improvement staff also provides technical support related to data and evidence use to informing policies on a wide range of issues including school-based, community-based, and out-of-school time educational programs.
The Research Associate II will primarily work on the Regional Educational Laboratory-Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI), a federal contract with the Institute of Education Science to provide research and evidence-use support to schools, districts, and states in the Northeast region. This may include design and execution of studies using quantitative methods to address high leverage needs in the region, designing and facilitating technical assistance to support the use of data and research, and building relationships in the region with school, district and or state education agencies. Expertise in early childhood education research or technical support is preferred. In addition to REL work, the Research Associate II will be expected to participate in the development of new work on a range of research, evaluation, and technical support and training projects focused on the implementation of evidence-informed, school-based programs to improve student outcomes.
The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.
The Research Associate (II) independently provides support to complex or quantitative investigation efforts, including:
• research & analysis, with increasing methodology expertise and independent judgment
• documenting & cataloguing
• maintaining records
• preparing recommendations
• drafting, revising plans
• writing, editing materials
• developing presentations
• disseminating information
• independently drafting proposals; coordinating proposal development or execution
• assisting or serving as Principal Investigator for grants or contracts and managing key deliverables
The Research Associate (II)
• Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges
• Troubleshoots complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions
• Trains, supervises, and provides guidance or administrative direction to junior staff; often coordinates work of less experienced staff
• Designs and executes studies using quantitative methods
• Designs and facilitates technical assistance to support data and research use
• Builds relationships with schools, districts and state education agency staff to identify and meet evidence-use needs
• May be responsible for parts of diverse, small to mid-size projects or coordinate sections of larger projects
• May travel
This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree required
• Master’s degree or PhD in a related field preferred
• With Bachelor’s degree, 7–10 years related research, education, public health or administrative coordination, requiring solid experience with computer applications (including databases), psychometric or statistical measurement techniques, and Internet research
• With Master’s degree, 5–8 years related experience (as above)
• With PhD, 0–3 years related experience (as above)
• 1–3 years prior project leadership or supervisory experience preferred
• Training and experience in quantitative research methods .
• This position will be based in the Waltham or Chicago office
EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453
No phone calls, please
EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.