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 Job announcement

Title: Research Associate

Job Number: 113401

Posted: 7/18/14

Position Summary: 

The mission of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) is to develop, share, and act on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities. AISR’s current focus is on developing and promoting the concept of “smart education systems,” systems that coordinate educational supports and services wherever they occur – at school, at home, and in the community – to provide all children with high-quality opportunities and learning experiences.

The Research Associate will participate in research and development activities as part of the Research and Policy team at AISR. The Research Associate will also help to develop and implement an AISR-wide research agenda and engage as a core member of AISR’s reform support work, particularly through District Redesign and Leadership. The position supports and implements multiple research projects that support efforts to increase the effectiveness and equity of urban public schools nationally, with special attention to Rhode Island and the New England region.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Fully participate as a member of the Research and Policy Team.

  • Implement high-quality research and policy analyses.

  • Conduct field work, including interviewing policy-makers and practitioners, conducting observations, and collecting documentation

  • Handle quantitative and/or qualitative data, including developing systems to organize, code, and analyze data.

  • Write reports and studies based on research findings.

  • Strategically communicate findings to various audiences, including scholars, educators, district leaders, policy-makers, and community organizations.


  • Master’s degree in policy or education.

  • Experience conducting mixed-methods research and/or policy analysis.

  • Competency in qualitative and quantitative research methods and design.

  • Strong analytic and writing skills.

  • Commitment to educational equity.

  • Experience working in partnership with low-income communities, communities of color, and/or teachers or school leaders.

  • Experience collaborating and multi-tasking.

  • Knowledge of education reform history and current education policy, particularly as they relate to equity-focused reform and the role of either school districts or parents, youth, and community members in school reform.

  • Willingness to travel as needed.

  • Fluency in written and oral Spanish a plus.

  • This position is based in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • AISR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Researchers of color are encouraged to apply.