Research Assistant I

  • 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Part-time

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 is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

EDC’s approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion is grounded in EDC’s commitment to respect the dignity of each individual. 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.

EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits.

The STEM Workforce Success Portfolio in the US Division has an opening for a part-time Research Assistant (I),reporting to the Project Director II, in Waltham, MA. The position is based in EDC’s Waltham, MA office, but will consider telecommuters located regionally. All EDC offices will remain closed through at least September 2021. EDC is seeking an individual interested in child development, early education, and/or math education to participate in a federally-funded research and development project. We strongly prefer to hire someone who could work in our Waltham, MA office, after the offices reopen.

Job Description


The Research Assistant I is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.


Under management oversight, the Research Assistant (I) provides support to qualitative &/or quantitative investigation efforts, including:

  • research & analysis
  • drafting
  • documenting & cataloguing
  • maintaining records
  • preparing preliminary recommendations
  • disseminating information
  • developing project materials and data collection tools
  • supporting data collection and data collector trainings
  • conducting data collection through observations, interviews, surveys, and other methods as needed
  • supporting development and proposal work
  • creating and managing data files in Excel, SPSS and/or database software program (e.g., SmartSheet, Filemaker, Access)


The Research Assistant (I)

  • Leads assigned administrative tasks
  • Facilitates project teamwork; seeks and utilizes feedback
  • Assists with quality assurance
  • Recruits and follows-up with study participant
  • Tabulates and maintains study data; assist with data entry; clean data and perform quality checks; develop tables and graphs
  • Provides logistical support
  • Periodic/Intermittent/Regular travel regionally/locally



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

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education & experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of training & education in a related field preferred
  • 2–4 years related research, education or administrative coordination, requiring experience with computer applications (including databases) and Internet research
  • Individuals who are bilingual in Spanish and English are especially encouraged to apply
  • Prior experience conducting research and/or working in early childhood settings
  • Experience in conducting preschool through first grade child assessments required
  • Experience with Qualtrics or other electronic survey software
  • Fluency using SPSS and Excel for descriptive and inferential analyses
  • Ability to travel to research sites located locally/regionally


Qualifications to conduct research in school settings (upon hire)

  • COVID-19 vaccination, to the extent permitted by law
  • Depending on school requirements, may include criminal background check (CORI), sex offender background check (SORI), fingerprinting

Additional Information

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