Research Assistant (Part-Time)

PURPOSE: Assists the Director of the Fiscal Research and Education Center (FREC), and occasionally other research team members on a range of projects and associated tasks. Assists with data collection and analysis for FREC; works with team members to verify research and data sources. General responsibilities include data collection, database management, and data analysis.

SUPERVISED BY: Director, Fiscal Research and Education Center

Percent Time and Principal Duties & Responsibilities

80% – Assist with fiscal-related work:
• Monitors, manages, and communicates frequently the process and progress of data collection
• Works with applicable members of FREC and Communications teams to routinely produce or update FREC website and online content
• Generates content to update existing FREC data dashboards and create new ones
• Files Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and directly contacts government agencies and other organizations, as needed

10% – Supports quality control for FREC’s research activities:
• Reviews and edits national and state research produced by FREC members and/or contractors, as needed
• Verifies the data sources, citations, and data contained in research papers, briefs, and reports publicly released by EdChoice

10% – Assists with research projects, as needed:
• Assist with data management and analysis
• Works with FREC member(s) to collect, clean, and/or aggregate data and/or produce charts, or other associated materials

 

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:
Ability to work in an office environment and work well with others. Ability to meet aggressive deadlines and handle multiple priorities. 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.

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

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

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.

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., is an equal opportunity employer and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any status protected by law, in any of its activities or operations. All qualified applicants will receive consideration. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, subcontractors, and partners.