Education Research And Technical Assistance Associate

SRI International Arlington , VA 22201

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

SRI Education is committed to bringing rigorous research and evaluation data to bear on important decisions concerning education. We are seeking to hire a research associate who will work as a team member on multiple projects.

Assignments will include work on multiple ongoing projects related to early childhood (EC), education reform, college and career pathways, behavioral health, and children and youth with disabilities. The position offers opportunities for professional growth and promotion commensurate with the research associate's skills and performance.

Research and evaluation:

The selected candidate will contribute to every stage of the research process, from proposal development to final reports and conference presentations. Specific research and evaluation duties may include: literature, website, and policy reviews; design of surveys and instruments, interview, and observation protocols; liaising with local research sites; participation in data collection site visits; conducting interviews and observations; managing survey administration and database construction and maintenance; analysis of qualitative and quantitative data; and oral and written communication of research findings appropriate for non-academic, academic, and policy audiences.

Technical assistance:

The successful candidate will be able to support technical assistance activities that involve planning and building relationships with team members, state clients, partners, and stakeholders. This will include policy evaluation, state briefs, implementation plans, improvement plans, strategic planning, needs assessments, and early childhood systems.

  • Coordinates groups to design and implement workplans.

  • Support facilitation of stakeholder meetings.

  • Review and analyze state and federal policy documents.

  • Synthesize and report findings.

  • Understand and apply learning across tasks.

  • Communicate effectively with clients.

Project management.

The successful candidate will also provide project management support, specifically by tracking progress of project milestones, reporting to and consulting with project leaders on work progress, making recommendations for project procedures, monitoring and working with subcontractors, scheduling and coordinating data collection in the field, and creating and maintaining project management documents and databases such as schedules and status reports for clients. Synthesize and report progress on workplans.


  • An interest in education and a passion to improve education for all students.

  • A master's degree in the social sciences or related policy fields and at least one year of prior work experience or equivalent experience. Or a bachelor's degree in the social sciences or related policy fields and at least two years of prior work experience or equivalent experience.

  • Experience teaching or administering early childhood programs (i.e., Head Start, state preschool programs, early childhood education, early childhood intervention).

  • Experience with multiple research methods, including large-scale surveys, experimental research, and case study methods, with strong preference for experience in educational settings.

  • Strong analytic skills, with preference for candidates that have experience with quantitative and qualitative analytic software.

  • Good people skills, a desire to learn, and the ability to communicate clearly, including strong writing skills.

  • Experience presenting and facilitating large group presentations and outcome-based discussions.

  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail; capacity to support multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to attend to details, problem solve, modify approaches in consideration of practical concerns, and accept and adapt to sudden changes in client priorities.

  • Research, professional, or volunteer experience in education.

  • Knowledge of software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Experience with database applications (e.g., QuickBase, Access) desirable.

  • Willingness to travel 5-6 times per year for site visits and client meetings; many visits will be for 3-4 days each.

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