Quantitative Researcher, Pre-Kindergarten To Postsecondary Educational Systems

American Institutes For Research Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 3 months ago


The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR is a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects from early childhood development to adult education.

We pride ourselves in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for significant federal, state, and private organizations. AIR's vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people. We are currently looking for an Education Researcher with strong quantitative analysis experience.

The Researcher will work on multiple projects with a focus on studying the effectiveness of education programs, practices, and policies within the pre-kindergarten to postsecondary educational system. Candidates are expected to understand AIR's organizational objectives and mission and achieve those objectives through their advanced level of technical work and content expertise. The Researcher will lead research project and analysis tasks to achieve project success.


The Researcher will work on several projects with responsibilities including: Analyze, interpret, and report on complex quantitative data using appropriate statistical and/or psychometric methods (multiple linear regression, HLM, Structural Equation Modeling, IRT, and so on) Design data collection frameworks and/or data crosswalks Lead tasks and projects using rigorous designs such as randomized control trials, regression discontinuity, and quasi-experimental designs with tight controls Contribute substantively, thoughtfully, and creatively to the conceptualization and design of education research studies Write reports, briefs, proposals and other documents that are clear, concise, thoughtful and contribute substantively to the field Monitor, coordinate, and provide direction to assigned project staff; providing advice and guidance to staff in terms of appropriate research methods, analysis, and reporting Develop and manage daily relationships with clients to plan, implement, and present the results of the study while maintaining appropriate professional objectivity Provide assistance to clients for analytical or statistical expertise Manage client and stakeholder relationships in ways that are respectful and demonstrate knowledge of the field and policy landscape Demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity in all interactions with colleagues, stakeholders, and study participants


  • Ph.D. in education, economics, sociology, or other related field, or Master's degree with 5-7 years of relevant work experience Demonstrated knowledge of PK to postsecondary education preferred Able to apply advanced statistical methods and communicate effectively about these methods to technical and non-technical audiences. Knowledge of methodology used to collect, analyze, and report quantitative data Demonstrated proficiencies in writing, conceptualizing, analyzing, and consulting Strong organizational and interpersonal skills including strong communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to produce concise, high-level summaries and briefings Experience managing detailed projects and small teams preferred Highly proficient in STATA, R, or other statistical software preferred and open to learning new statistical tools as required by different projects *LI-AS1
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