Opportunity: Research Assistant (Part-Time)

Applicants should submit a resumé, cover letter detailing interest in joining EdChoice and conducting online research/working with data, and provide 1-2 writing samples to carey@EdChoice.org by August 11, 2021.

POSITION: Research Assistant (Part-Time)

PURPOSE: Assists Research and Thought Leadership (RTL) Team members on a range of projects and associated tasks. Assists with the organization’s school choice program data collection and analysis; works with team members to verify research and data sources. General responsibilities include data collection, database management, and data analysis.

SUPERVISED BY: Director of State Research and Special Projects

Remote work option possible.

Time commitment of 20-25 hours/week.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Collects data on educational choice programs and policies in states (80%)

  • Monitors, manages, and communicates frequently the process and progress of data collection
  • Works with applicable members of the RTL and Communications teams to routinely produce or update website and online content
  • Works with applicable members of the RTL and Communications teams to update the ABCs of School Choice annual publication
  • Communicates regularly with relevant state agencies and key partners
  • Files Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, as needed

Supports quality control for the RTL Team’s research activities (10%)

  • Reviews and edits national and state research produced by RTL Team members and/or contractors, as needed
  • Verifies the data sources, citations, and data contained in research papers, briefs, and reports publicly released by EdChoice

Assists with short-term research projects, as needed (10%)

  • Works with RTL Team member(s) to collect, clean, and/or aggregate data and/or produce charts, or other associated materials

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Active member of the EdChoice’s RTL Team
  • Performs other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Minimum undergraduate degree in economics, political science, public policy, or other research-oriented social sciences field preferred. One or more years’ experience in education research preferred. Basic familiarity with school choice concepts or private school research preferred.

Essential Competencies: Data Collection, Data Analysis, Interpersonal Communications, Integrity/Accountability, Customer Service, Project Management, and Workload/Time Management.

Writing/Communication Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general professional journals, public policy reports, or governmental laws, codes, and regulations. Ability to write informal professional correspondence. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from members of the education community or general public.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Excellent problem analysis and problem-solving skills required.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to understand and calculate fractions, proportions, percentages, ratios and apply basic methods of statistical analysis. Experience with basic descriptive statistics preferred.

Other Skills and Abilities: Keen attention to detail required. Computer proficient with Microsoft Office products with a high level of proficiency in Excel and Word. Demonstrated experience with SPSS, STATA, Qualtrics, or Maptitude preferred. Ability to work well with others. Ability to meet aggressive deadlines and handle multiple priorities. Possess strong facilitation skills.

Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing interest in and support of educational choice and joining EdChoice, resumé, and 1-2 writing samples to carey@EdChoice.org by August 9, 2021.

EdChoice is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing full and unencumbered educational choice as the best pathway to successful lives and a stronger society. EdChoice believes that families, not bureaucrats, are best equipped to make K-12 schooling decisions for their children. The organization works at the state level to educate diverse audiences, train advocates and engage policymakers on the benefits of high-quality school choice programs. EdChoice is the intellectual legacy of Milton and Rose D. Friedman, who founded the organization in 1996.

EdChoice, Inc., does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, subcontractors, and partners.