JOB: Research Associate II

09/16/2020 1:55 PM | Anonymous
  • Chicago, IL, USA; Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time
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Company Description

EDC is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms.  EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

EDC has a commitment to promoting equity and access to high quality education and health services that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. EDC expresses its commitment to increasing equity through its strategies, services and products, which contribute to building capacity and transforming lives.

Job Description

The School Improvement Portfolio in the US Division has an opening for an Research Associate (II), reporting to a Research Scientist in Waltham, MA, Chicago, IL, or as a telecommuter.

We provide expertise in formal and informal education through designing and conducting research, evaluation, research syntheses, and secondary data analysis. We also provide technical support related to data and evidence use, and apply evidence to inform policies on a wide range of issues including school-based, community-based, and out-of-school time educational programs. We are devoted to supporting learners from communities and contexts with persistent, systemic opportunity gaps.  We are looking for candidates who share EDC’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and who understand the importance of cultural responsiveness in today’s educational context.  Candidates with lived experience of marginalized populations are encouraged to apply.

We are currently seeking a full or part-time researcher with expertise in one or more of the following content areas: multilingual learner policies, K-12 online or blended learning, and/or implementation research. Ideally the researcher has experience conducting quantitative research as well as experience working with school, district and state stakeholders. We encourage applicants who have experience with cost-analysis to apply. The researcher will join existing research studies and technical assistance projects, and will be expected to contribute both substantive and methodological expertise.

The Research Associate (II) independently provides support to complex or multiple qualitative &/or quantitative and/or qualitative investigation efforts, including:

  • research & analysis, with increasing methodology expertise and independent judgment
  • communicating with school staff or staff at local or state education agencies about data and research
  • supporting stakeholders with evidence-based decision-making.
  • drafting proposals; coordinating proposal development or execution
  • assisting Principal Investigator with key deliverables
  • maintaining records
  • drafting, revising project plans
  • writing, editing materials
  • disseminating research finding in a user-friendly format

The Research Associate (II)

  • Coordinates administrative and logistical tasks
  • Coordinates quality assurance
  • Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges
  • Troubleshoots complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions
  • Trains, supervises, and provides guidance or administrative direction to junior staff; often coordinates work of less experienced staff
  • May be responsible for parts of diverse, small to mid-size  projects or coordinate sections of larger projects
  • May travel when travel resumes


This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; methodological expertise, demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:

  • PhD in a related field
  • With PhD, 0–3 years related experience (as above)
  • Prior project leadership or supervisory experience preferred
  • Experience with quantitative analysis
  • Experience using statistical analysis software, such as R, Python, or Stata

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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