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