RESEARCH ASSISTANT II for Regional Education Laboratory Northeast and Islands and The Quality Measures Center™

  • Full-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’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 and is 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. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Description

One of the portfolios within EDC’s US Division has an opening for a full-time Research Assistant II, reporting to the Principal Research Scientist/Project Director. The position is open to remote work.

The Research Assistant II will support privately and federally funded projects at EDC related to Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands (REL-NEI) program and The Quality Measures™ Center (QM) for Program Assessment and Technical Assistance.

About the Regional Education Laboratory Northeast and Islands

One of ten Regional Educational Laboratories nationwide, EDC administers REL Northeast & Islands. REL-NEI works in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to address the state and territory educational priorities and improve academic outcomes for students. REL-NEI offers various supports to the stakeholder groups in this region, including training and technical support such as survey or interview protocol development and using applied research studies to address research questions.

About The Quality Measures Center

Over the past decade and a half, Quality Measures (QM) projects primarily serve principal preparation programs, school districts, and state education agencies in their collaborative efforts to self-assess, redesign, and scale out effective principal preparation. Via a facilitated series of discussions, university principal preparation programs self-assess their programs using the QM rubric and identify program strengths and areas of improvement.   

You will:

Manage data, analyze, and report on quantitative data sets

  • Manage large data sets (i.e., clean, merge, and catalog data records and large data sets)
  • Independently carry out quantitative research and analysis, in consultation with project leaders
  • Contribute to the preparation of recommendations based on research findings
  • Prepare written materials, including sections of research reports and proposals

Support project coordination

  • Contribute to the development of visual content, including data visualizations and Power Point presentations
  • Plan and support facilitation in online/virtual events, including the management of timelines and coordination with tech staff
  • Provide logistical support, including the facilitation of project teamwork and management of specific administrative tasks as well as support with development and proposal assistance activities
  • Communicate with external partners and assist with quality assurance
  • May be expected to travel


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education & experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of training & education in a related field preferred
  • 3–5 years related research, education or administrative coordination, requiring experience with computer applications (including databases) and Internet research.
  • 3–5 years quantitative or mixed-methods research experience, including experience with quantitative software packages Stat, SPSS, and/or R and experience managing large data sets
  • Experience developing and reviewing written materials for outside audiences.
  • Ability to manage time and successfully work on multiple projects at once.

Additional Information

Security Clearance Requirement: Research Assistants and other staff who may work with student level data or be in schools will be required by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for a moderate level security clearance U.S. government. Because of this requirement, only U.S. citizens will be eligible for consideration for this position.  

What we offer

  • This position is eligible for full-time telework for US-based candidates.
  • A mission-driven work environment
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance and employee assistance program
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Generous vacation benefits
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Tuition and transportation reimbursement
  • Retirement plan including robust employer contributions
  • Paid sick time and up to 16 hours of personal time annually
  • Parental leave

As an EOE/AA employer, EDC does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status. EDC is a smoke-free workplace.


At EDC, we prioritize the health and wellbeing of our employees, families, and friends above all else. In response to the increased transmissibility with recent variants, all US-based EDC employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, as a condition of employment. Accommodations due to medical or religious exemptions will be considered.