Research Associate I

  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

ABOUT EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)

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’s approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion is grounded in EDC’s commitment to respect the dignity of each individual. EDC promotes 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, 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, flexible working arrangements, and excellent benefits.

ABOUT CCT

Based in New York City, the Center for Children and Technology (CCT) is one of EDC’s research and development centers. Founded in 1980 at Bank Street School of Education, CCT investigates how technology can enhance equitable access to teaching and learning across a wide range of educational settings. CCT conducts basic, applied, causal, and formative research, working in collaboration with educational, corporate, government, and research institutions, as well as communities. CCT also designs and develops prototype software and instructional resources that support engaged, active learning for underserved communities. CCT offers a dynamic and highly collaborative work environment that seeks to answer challenging practical as well as theoretical questions about teaching and learning, and is centered on teachers, students, families, and communities, and the tools that can help create successful learning environments.

EDC is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All whose education or experience qualifies them for this position are encouraged to apply. CCT strives to listen to, include, honor, and respect new and diverse approaches to our work.

Job Description

Education Development Center’s Center for Children and Technology has an opening for a Research Associate (I), reporting to a Project Director. Staff are primarily located in our New York City office, but location is potentially flexible.

We are seeking a full-time researcher to work as a study coordinator on one or more projects. The primary project evaluates the efficacy of a digital game and curriculum, Mission US, in improving middle school students’ history knowledge, skills, and motivation. The position is ideal for an individual with research experience, a knowledge of history, social studies, or civics instruction, and sensitivity to issues of race in teaching US history. A second project examines computational thinking, the world of work, and everyday literacy in young children. For both projects, interest in the roles of technology and media in supporting learning is important. Experience working with educators, families, and school administrators, and with quantitative (or mixed) methods and analyses is also preferred.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The person in this position 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 general management guidance, the Research Associate (I) provides support to complex or multiple qualitative &/or quantitative investigation efforts, including:

• Research & analysis, using established methods and independent judgment

• Work with project team members to perform more advanced statistical tests, such as correlations, repeated measures ANCOVA, and regression

• Documenting & cataloguing research activities

• Performing and coordinating fieldwork and data collection activities

• Maintaining records

• Preparing recommendations

• Drafting, revising plans

• Writing, editing materials

• Developing presentations

• Disseminating information

• Helping to coordinate and draft grant proposals

• Assisting Project Director with tracking and completing key deliverables

 

The Research Associate (I) also:

• Coordinates administrative and logistical tasks

• Coordinates quality assurance

• Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges

• Collaborates to troubleshoot complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions

• Trains and provides guidance or administrative direction to junior staff; may coordinate the work of less experienced staff

• May lead parts of a project or coordinate sections of larger projects

• Must be able to travel

Qualifications

This position requires sensitivity to working with marginalized populations and providing thoughtful support to educators on how to teach difficult subjects, as well as educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. A candidate with strong critical examination skills or experience using strengths-based frameworks is preferred. Fluent written and verbal Spanish is also preferred. Specific requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education & experience

• Master’s degree in a related field preferred

• With Bachelor’s degree, 5–8 years related research, education, public health or administrative coordination, requiring solid experience with computer applications (including databases), psychometric or statistical measurement techniques, and Internet research

• With Master’s degree, 3–5 years related experience (as above)

• Some prior project leadership or supervisory experience preferred

Additional Information

To be considered, applications must include a cover letter detailing why you're well-suited to the position.