Job opportunity: Research Analyst at the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute

BASIC FUNCTION

Independently provides direct research, statistical, writing and administrative support to the Senior Fellow and Brown Center Director, specializing in US education policy.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a social science.  Minimum two years of work experience and a demonstrated ability to do independent scholarly work of publishable quality.  Experience conducting quantitative research required. Must have generated a bachelor’s thesis or master’s dissertation, and/or been a significant contributor to a publication or report involving data analysis. Experience using and applying statistical software (such as STATA, SAS, or SPSS).

KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS

Outstanding research, writing, and analytical skills. Strong command of quantitative methods required.  Ability to work independently and as part of a team, showing initiative and reliability. Strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and detail orientation required. Thorough knowledge of library and online research resources with capacity to conduct independent research and fieldwork desired.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

60% Quantitative Research

  • Conducts statistical analyses to guide research efforts.
  • Prepares and independently analyzes data using statistical packages and database tools.
  • Produces research findings, summaries, charts and tables to present statistical analysis results.
  • Carries out data collection and instrument design for quantitative research projects

20% Project Management

  • Manages research applications, coordinates with data providers, writes and edits reports, and correspondence; coordinates with partnering institutions when necessary.
  • Supervises intern(s) when applicable

20% General Research

  • Conducts research and literature searches on relevant topics; reads sources for relevancy to research themes.
  • Collects and analyzes information; assembles material including press reports, interviews, government data, documents, seminars, and reports from a wide variety of sources including library and internet searches, the local media, NGOs, journalists, diplomats, and others in the field.
  • Writes briefing memos and synthesizes research materials; prepares notes and reports on meetings and conferences; compiles abstracts, summaries, bibliographies, chronologies, and analyses of books and articles.
  • Independently analyzes research findings to be incorporated into published materials. Occasionally co-authors work.
  • Monitors current developments in relevant research areas.
  • Maintains an active network of research and collaborative partners in the education community to stay current in the research areas.

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.

Learn more: http://www.brookings.edu/about/employment/position/2013/gov13146

Job opportunity: Fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute

The Brown Center on Education Policy within the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution is accepting applications for a Fellow with a strong background in quantitative research relevant to education policy. Under the supervision of the Director of the Brown Center, the Fellow will conduct research, writing, and outreach tasks related to his or her individual scholarship as well as to collaborative projects within the Brown Center.  The Fellow will also raise money for research projects and interact with the media.  The focus of the Brown Center is bringing the best evidence to bear on governmental decisions that affect policy and practice within the American education system from preschool to postsecondary.

Education/Experience Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a PhD by December 30, 2014 in economics, public policy, psychology, political science, or a related discipline, or have completed all requirements for the PhD with the expectation that the candidate will obtain the PhD within six (6) months of starting at Brookings. He/she will have a record of publications based on quantitative research on topics of relevance to education policy, a history of involvement in projects funded through external grants, and evidence of communication skills suitable to the role of a public intellectual at Brookings.

Knowledge Requirements

A candidate may blend academic excellence with experience in the public, private, or academic sectors. The individual must have the ability to conduct state-of-the-art quantitative research, engage in outreach in order to affect public policy, and obtain grant funding.

Salary will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience, and will be commensurate with experience. Starting date is negotiable; however, filling the position by the Summer of 2014 is preferred.

Application Instructions

Applicants should send a full CV or resume and a cover letter.   The cover letter should include a one-page description of research interests, and a list of at least three (3) references. A review of applications will begin on September 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable but no later than Summer 2014.

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.

Learn more: http://www.brookings.edu/about/employment/position/2013/gov13138

Job Opportunity: Relay Grad School of Education data analyst (part-time)

Data Analyst
Part-Time
Flexible within the U.S.
 
Researchers at Relay GSE are committed to producing innovative and timely scholarship on how teachers, in partnership with schools and communities, can raise student achievement and help young people develop the character strengths that are needed to be successful in school and life. Reporting to the Director of Research, the Data Analyst provides research, data, and statistical support to Relay GSE’s internal and external research and evaluation efforts.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with statistical programming (in Stata, SAS, SPSS, R, etc.): Data collection, data cleaning, converting data files received in a variety of formats to a form that is useful for answering research questions, and performing initial analysis using statistical and graphical tools
  • Create codebooks and other data documentation
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analyses
  • Write summary memos of results of institutional indicator analyses for cross-functional team stakeholders
  • Prepare visual representations of data and analytical results (e.g., tables, figures, presentation slides)
  • Manage and update dashboards of graduate student performance indicators and instructional and curricular survey data, and fulfill other institutional data-related requests
  • Communicate research findings to non-technical audiences, in writing, and verbally

QUALIFICATIONS

First and foremost, the Data Analyst must share the team’s sense of urgency about the need to improve student achievement through phenomenal teacher preparation.

Additionally, candidates for the position must have the following:

  • Graduate-level degree in education or other social science (e.g., sociology, economics, public policy), with evidence of substantial coursework in quantitative research methods and/or statistics
  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistical programming (preferably in Stata, SAS, or R)
  • Experience working as part of a research team, or as a member of a research center or project staff
  • Experience working with large-scale and longitudinal datasets
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment while demonstrating the ability to solve problems independently
  • Ability to set priorities for use of one’s time, work under pressure, and adjust tasks appropriately
  • A demonstrated passion for urban education and closing the opportunity gap

COMPENSATION

Relay GSE offers a competitive rate of $35 an hour. This role requires 15 hours per week.

To apply for this job, please visit http://relayschool.force.com/careers/ts2__JobDetails?jobId=a0xA0000004j7ruIAA&tSource

RANYCS Communications and Operations Intern

Job Description

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools, an independent research center housed in the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU, is looking for a Fall intern to support projects in communications. This is a fall internship with the possibility of extension through the academic year. It requires a commitment of 15 work hours per week, including every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30pm – 5pm. Other hours are flexible!

All internships are structured as learning opportunities that will include the chance to participate in internal and external staff meetings, contribute to important Research Alliance projects, and build work experience and professional networks in the field of education policy. This internship also includes 9 hours per week of administrative duties, which will be compensated with a stipend at the end of the internship period equivalent to $10 for each hour spent covering the front desk (approximately $90/week).

Internship Areas and Potential Projects

Communications

  • Support launch of “Breakfast Briefings” series designed to engage a small group of influential stakeholders around new publications and work in progress.
    • Prepare promotional materials for Briefings, organize presentation materials, and write follow-up reports.
    • Handle logistics such as invitations, guest lists, and working with vendors.
  • Redesign and update staff section of the Research Alliance website.
    • Develop new concept and design for staff biography section of the website in order to engage visitors and highlight staff accomplishments.
    • Research and interview staff, then write updated biographies based on interviews.
  • Support ongoing communications projects, including tracking media coverage of topics related to Research Alliance work; monitoring and developing content for social media; and supporting the development of our mailing list.

Operations

  • Provide consistent coverage of front desk at specified hours; contribute to friendly and efficient office culture by maintaining strong sense of customer service and responding with warmth and patience to requests made by Research Alliance staff, vendors, and affiliated NYU students, faculty, and staff; receive guests to the Research Alliance and answer general email and telephone inquiries in a welcoming and professional manner.
  • Handle urgent administrative requests as needed.

Requirements and Skills

  • Current undergraduate student; junior or senior preferred
  • Office experience preferred
  • Energetic and highly motivated with interest in education research and policy
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with event planning
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong internet literacy

Duration and Timing

  • Minimum 15 hours per week, including Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12:30pm – 5pm
  • Start date: September 16, end date December 20 (with possibility of extension through spring semester)

To apply, please visit http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/research_alliance/careers/CommunicationsOperationsIntern

Job Opportunity: RANYCS Junior Research Analyst – Generalist

Job Description

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools, an independent research center housed in the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU, is looking for a Junior Research Analyst – Generalist. This is a part-time position (20 hours a week). This is a two-semester position with the possibility of renewal.

Responsibilities

  • Support the development, design and execution of multi-component research projects in New York City Public Schools.
  • Provide assistance in the design and creation of survey instruments and interview protocols.
  • Coordinate student survey administration, which includes ensuring IRB compliance; recruiting schools/participants; coordinating survey production and distribution; scheduling survey administration with schools; hiring, training, and managing 5-20 survey administrators; monitoring study progress, and meeting response rate goals.
  • Work as part of a team to conduct structured interviews with school administrators and teachers; collect and process confidential qualitative data; and code and analyze qualitative data.
  • Help prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.

Requirements and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree related to education research or policy, economics, applied psychology, sociology, or related social science field required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Student of education, and/or professional experience in schools preferred.
  • Broad understanding of the field of education, its practices and policies is required, and specific knowledge of New York City Department of Education is desirable.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Qualitative data management and analysis skills in Atlas.ti, NVivo, or similar tools a plus.
  • Statistical analytic skills in SAS, or similar tools, and Microsoft Excel a plus.

Salary

  • Commensurate with experience.

To apply, please visit http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/research_alliance/careers/JrRsrchAnalystGeneralist

Job Opportunity: RANYCS Junior Research Analyst – Technical

Job Description

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools, an independent research center housed in the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU, is looking for a Junior Research Analyst – Technical/Programmer. Junior Research Analysts will work under the general supervision of the Data Manager and Research Associates.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Data Manager to develop, maintain, and document data collection, processing, storage, retrieval, and analytic systems for the Research Alliance data archive consisting of multi-level and longitudinal data sets from the New York City Department of Education and other sources.
  • Work closely with Research Associates and project managers to clarify data specifications for rigorous research and evaluation designs and to prepare analytic data files that meet those specifications.
  • Retrieve and process data from Research Alliance’s data archives and compile complex analytical datasets for research projects.
  • Assist with developing and documenting institutional algorithms for procedures such as matching study participants to Research Alliance data archives when standard IDs are not available.
  • Prepare clear data processing narratives for reports and papers on research findings.
  • Perform other research support work, such as preparing literature reviews, creating graphical representations of data, summarizing results of analyses, documenting procedures, etc.

 Requirements and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree (or recent Master’s degree) in education policy, economics, mathematics, statistics, applied psychology, sociology or related social science field.
  • Demonstrated programming skills, preferably in SAS (strong skills in STATA, R, and/or SPSS will be considered, but willingness to learn SAS is required).
  • Experience working with data; experience with large data sets is a plus.
  • Knowledge of statistical methods and willingness to learn more rigorous research and evaluation methods including randomized controlled trials, regression discontinuity, and other statistical analyses aimed at establishing causal inferences for questions about social policy or program effects.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Comfort working with multiple managers and balancing multiple priorities.
  • Highly productive working under pressure and within time constraints.
  • Knowledge of New York City Department of Education and its data systems is a plus.
  • Experience with Unix/Linux environments is a plus.

Salary

  • Commensurate with experience.

To apply, please visit: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/research_alliance/careers/JrRsrchAnalystTechnical

Job Opportunity: NYC Department of Education intern (part-time)

2013-14 INTERNSHIP

Position Title – College & Career Qualitative Research Intern

 

Contact: Lillian Dunn                                                                      

Email: LDunn2@schools.nyc.gov  

 

Agency Description: The New York City school system is the largest in the country, composed of approximately 1.1 million students and 75,000+ teachers in over 1,700+ schools. In January 2003, the Department of Education (DOE) launched Children First: A New Agenda for Public Schools in New York City, a multi-year reform effort aimed at significantly improving student achievement through effective teaching and learning.

Office Description:

Research-based educational policy and data transparency are essential elements of the Children’s First reform. The Research and Policy Support Group (RPSG) is at the center of this effort as a primary source of data analysis and research for the DOE.  The RPSG both conducts its own research and analyses to inform DOE policy, as well as consults on and supports others’ analytic work with DOE data including external researchers through the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

 

RPSG is currently evaluating several programs that are focused on improving academic outcomes for Black & Latino boys in a variety of school settings. These process and impact evaluations include qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. RPSG is seeking an intern to work across several projects, supporting the implementation of the evaluations, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis and results dissemination.

 

Position Reports to: Program Evaluation Manager, Research and Policy Support Group

 

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Develop evaluation instruments, including surveys and focus group guides.
  • Attend and possibly conduct interview and focus groups with school staff and students.
  • Transcribe qualitative interviews conducted with school personnel on a variety of topics.
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Write results for a variety of programmatic stakeholders.
  • Travel to schools in all 5 boroughs of New York City
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications/Special Skills:

  • Familiarity with data collection and evaluation methods
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and qualitative analysis software including nVivo
  • Qualitative research experience strongly preferred
  • Currently or recently enrolled in a graduate education or behavioral science program preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills in dealing with internal and external      stakeholders

 

Salary Range: $15-20/hour (TBD)

 

Work Schedule: Minimum of 15 hours per week; minimum commitment of 4 months. Flexible weekday hours.

 

Application Process: Please email cover letter and resume to Lillian Dunn at LDunn2@schools.nyc.gov  

Please include “Qualitative Internship Opportunity” in the subject line.

EdConnect Student Spotlight: Alanah Hall ’15

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Name: Alanah Hall
Class year: 2015
Major: Neuroscience and Biology
Summer work: Breakthrough Cincinnati

I am working with Breakthrough Cincinnati. Breakthrough is an academic enrichment program that aims to improve the educational and social opportunities for high-potential, highly motivated middle school students who are entering grades 6-9. There are many branches of Breakthrough all over the country. Students are tutored during the year and participate in a 6 week summer program. During the summer students take english, math, history, science, a foreign language and an academic elective. These courses are taught by high school and college students who have been accepted to teach at the program. I am teaching 7th grade science and the academic elective creative writing. Seventh grade science is a physics curriculum and the classes are small, the biggest one I teach having only 8 students. The hardest parts of the job have been figuring out how long different lessons will take for students to learn and being sure to challenge each member of the class though people work at different rates. The best part of the job has been seeing students really excited about material and working to motivate each other. Meeting with the students’ parents during each student’s individual student-led conference was also an incredible experience. The students responded really positively to hearing all of their teachers give them feedback, praise and even prompts. I think it meant a lot to them to see how much attention their teachers paid to them and how much we all care. This teaching internship has given me so much respect for all teachers and has really made me appreciate the education I have received. Prepping for classes, teaching, being responsible for students and grading everyday is a lot of work that often goes unnoticed. Though I’m still not sure what career path I want to follow teaching at Breakthrough has been a wonderful experience and has enhanced my understanding of the importance of education. I think this will cause me to bring even more enthusiasm and confidence to my own classes at Wesleyan for the next two years.

Student Spotlight is a new feature on EdConnect where we highlight current Wesleyan students who are doing work in education over the summer. If you are a current Wes student doing something cool in education this summer and want to be featured on EdConnect, email us at wes.edconnect@gmail.com!

Job opportunity: College Match Advisor

From Rebecca Coven ’13:

NOTE: They are still hiring as of August 1, 2013

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  College Match Advisor

EMPLOYER: New York University, in partnership with MDRC

New York University, in partnership with MDRC, seeks to hire a College Match advisor to help eligible low-income, higher-performing high school students realize their college ambitions.

The advisor will lead approximately 50-100 high school seniors in one comprehensive New York City Department of Education high school through the entire college search, application, financial aid, and decision-making process with the goal of helping students enroll in “match” four-year colleges and universities where they are likely to thrive and graduate. The advisor’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Information sharing and awareness building: Building knowledge among students and their families around general application strategies, financial aid, and the concept of a “match” college. Providing exposure to more selective colleges through a combination of tours and events.
  • Individualized advising: Helping students identify best fit colleges among an appropriately matched set of colleges and universities based on their individual interests and abilities and developing a competitive academic record.
  • Supporting the application process: Helping students navigate the administrative aspects of the college application process, including: developing competitive applications and essays, procuring fee waivers, and supporting timely completion of the FAFSA.
  • Decision-making and planning ahead: Helping students choose between multiple acceptances and financial aid awards. Preparing for college life and planning for a smooth transition.

The position requires tact, diplomacy, attention to detail, and a strong commitment to service.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to collaborate creatively and effectively with others in order to solve problems and reach goals.  Successful candidates will also demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills, including the ability to listen carefully and to write and speak persuasively.  Candidates who are fluent in Spanish and/or who have experience advising high school students about the college admissions process are encouraged to apply. The position requires a Bachelor’s degree, preferably earned between May 2010 and January 2011.

The College Match advisor will report to the MDRC program liaison and to an on-site supervisor in the high school they will serve. The advisor will join a team of one other College Match advisor and will collaborate with sixteen members of the New York College Advising Corp (NYCAC).

The College Match advisor will be expected to tailor programs and activities to meet the specific needs of their assigned schools and perform the following primary functions:

1. Provide individualized admission and financial aid guidance to students and families participating in the College Match Program

  • Encourage each student to consider appropriate “match” colleges and universities
  • Develop with each student a comprehensive college search and application timeline, including application deadlines for admission and financial aid
  • Help each student and their family complete and submit admission applications and federal, state, and institutional aid applications
  • Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid
  • Help each student identify scholarships for which they are eligible and prepare competitive applications

2. Establish productive working relationships with principals and school staff in each partner high school

  • Assess, in consultation with the College Match Program liaison and school personnel, the particular needs of each school, and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs
  • Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at each partner high school

3. Collaborate with College Match and NYCAC advisors

  • Help organize, provide support  for, and attend evening and weekend events organized by other advisors
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and additional meetings to share best practices, troubleshoot and share experiences

4. Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the College Match Program

  • Assist the program director and evaluation staff to identify and collect key progress and outcome data to evaluate the effectiveness of the College Match Program
  • Submit monthly progress reports to the program director  documenting progress and outcome data
  • Meet, as appropriate, with members of the MDRC research team
  • Represent the College Match Program, as requested by the program director, in meetings with potential supporters and other interested parties

5. Maintain expertise in admissions and financial-aid advising

  • Participate in all scheduled trainings
  • In consultation with the program director, seek out and participate in additional opportunities for professional development

The appointment will begin on August 1, 2013, and will end on July 31, 2014. The position is full-time and is based in New York City.  Annual compensation is commensurate with experience. Health insurance provided through New York University.

A complete application includes a cover letter (describing your interest in the position, what will make you an effective advisor, and how you believe this experience will benefit you both personally and professionally), résumé, contact information for two references, and a 5-10 page writing sample. Please send completed applications ASAP. Applications and questions about the program should be submitted to:

Christine Johnston

Operations Liaison

MDRC

16 East 34th Street

New York, NY 10016

212.340.8885

Chirstine.johnston@mdrc.org

 

About the College Match Program and MDRC

To learn more, visit: http://www.mdrc.org/project/college-match-program#featured_content