POSITION: Research Assistant (Part-Time)
PURPOSE: Assists research team members on a range of projects and associated tasks. Assists with the organization’s school choice program data collection and analysis; works with Research and Thought Leadership (RTL) Team to verify research and data sources. General responsibilities include data collection, database management and analyzing trends.
SUPERVISED BY: Director of State Research and Special Projects
Residence in the Indianapolis metropolitan area is preferred.
Collects data on private educational choice programs in the states (60%)

Serves as RTL point of contact for information requests from non-Focus states (20%)

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

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


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 required.
Essential Competencies: Data Collection, Data Analysis, Interpersonal Communications, Integrity/Accountability, Customer Service, Project Management, and Workload/Time Management.
Writing/Language 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 calculate figures and amounts such as ratios, proportions, and percentages 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, and PowerPoint. Demonstrated experience and proficiency with STATA, R, Python, 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, resume and writing sample to carey@edchoice.org.