MDRC is seeking a Technical Research Assistant to join our K-12 Education policy group and be part of a multidisciplinary team developing evaluation research on current education policy issues. Studies conducted examine programs aimed at improving the education of students in low-performing schools. Our research includes demonstrations and rigorous evaluations of interventions related to early-grade reading curricula, teacher professional development, after-school programs, middle school and high school reforms, and district-wide policy initiatives. Technical Research Assistants work under the guidance and supervision of leading researchers in the fields of education, public policy, economics, and sociology.
The Technical Research Assistant will have a range of technical and nontechnical responsibilities, including:
- Assistance in all stages of program and evaluation design and implementation
- Involvement in various stages of producing reports, proposals, and papers (coordinating across authors; memo writing; literature searches; preparing figures, charts, and tables; fact-checking and documentation)
- Work with SAS computer programming: data collection, data cleaning, and converting data files received in a variety of formats to a form that is that is useful for answering research questions
- Participation in quantitative analyses
- Participation in qualitative research, such as coding, and possibly including visits to school districts
- Participation in operations work, including recruitment of, outreach to, and coordination with school districts
- Assistance in general project support, including scheduling meetings and note-taking
- BA/BS in mathematics, statistics, economics, education, public policy, psychology, sociology, or related social science field
- Demonstrated interest in social policy issues affecting education
- Basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Excellent attention to detail and ability to multi-task
- Comfortable working in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment
- Strong writing and communication skills
- Previous experience with programming in SAS or related software a plus
The position can be based in MDRC’s New York City or Oakland, CA office. Some on-the-job training is provided. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered.
Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Please attach a programming sample to your application.
MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.