• 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’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.

This position will be based in EDC’s Waltham headquarters and work in a Hybrid model, working some days remotely and some in the office.


Job Description

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. 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.

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.

Essential Functions:

  • Support participant recruitment, manage informed consents, and coordinate data collection and data collector trainings
  • Conduct data collection through observations, direct assessments, interviews, surveys, and other methods as needed
  • Create and manage project files and data files in Excel, SPSS and/or cloud-based database software program (e.g, SmartSheet or similar) including data entry and data cleaning
  • Assist with quantitative and/or qualitative analysis by tabulating and/or maintaining collected data through coding or organizing data into tables and producing visual displays of findings (graphs)  
  • Assist with report writing, presentations, and dissemination in MS Word, PowerPoint, and other collaboration tools
  • Support development and proposal preparation


  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent combination of training and education) in a related field
  • Required by the state Department of Education to pass a criminal background check
  • Experience in research, or administrative coordination (including experience with computer applications, databases, and Internet research) and are detail-oriented
  • Experience conducting child assessments (preschool through first grade) or teaching in early childhood settings
  • 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 (Brockton, MA; Lawrence, MA; and/or Woonsocket, RI)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related field preferred
  • Individuals who are bilingual in Spanish and English are especially encouraged to apply

Additional Information

What we offer:

  • This position is eligible for part-time hybrid work for US-based candidates.
  • A mission-driven work environment
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance and employee assistance program
  • 13 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

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.