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Technical Research Assistant

Location: New York, NY
Job Code: 7102-12

Description

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.

Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications:

  • 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.





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