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Research Assistant - Education Statistics

Company name
American Institutes for Research

Arlington, VA, United States

Employment Type

Research, Education

Posted on
Apr 27, 2022

Valid Through
Aug 10, 2022


AIR is currently seeking a Research Assistant o join our Education Statistics program area within AIR\u2019s Human Services Division to aid us with improving outcomes in Education. The Research Assistant would contribute to the development of statistics about education that inform the discussion, debate and planning of decision-makers at national, state, and local levels through a contract with the National Center for Education Statistics. Our work includes survey and assessment design, analysis of assessment and survey data, and reporting and dissemination of research results.
The primary responsibilities will be to provide support for technical reviews of data products, statistical documentation, and reports of assessment data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Activities include reviewing and providing comments on draft NCES products (e.g., tables, reports, data files, file documentation, and web sites) for statistical and technical soundness and support the lead reviewer in documenting and coordinating the review process. Additional responsibilities may include participating on research and analysis teams, which support the development and reporting of survey and assessment data for the NAEP and other NCES studies and supporting work of other research and reporting team members.
Candidates hired for the position might initially start working remotely but will eventually have the option to work from any of AIR's domestic office locations.  There is a strong preference to have the incumbent work from the Arlington, VA office location. 
About AIR:
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.
AIR\u2019s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone\u2019s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.
The responsibilities for the position include:

Perform quality control reviews of statistical content, statistical tables, graphics, and text
Assist staff in the review, identification and development of scholarly information describing research findings
Participate in the collection, analysis, and review of research and evaluation data
Collaborate in a study team to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative research data and contribute to the reporting and interpretation of results
Provide new business and proposal development support by engaging in such tasks as researching funding opportunities, conducting literature reviews, writing proposal sections, etc.

Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in such fields as economics, psychology, sociology, statistics, computer science, or other social science related fields
Experience with or inclination to learn and use statistical software programs such as R, Stata, SPSS, or SAS to analyze data; proficiency in programming language such as Python is a plus
Interest in research in education, survey, and/or assessment and quantitative analysis.
Attention to detail
Ability to collaborate within a team environment


Excellent organization and time management
Efficient writing skills
Excellent interpersonal skills to ensure effective communication with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
Strong attention to detail with commitment to accuracy when writing
Comfortable working in a virtual/dispersed work environment

 AIR requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a legally required exemption from AIR, as a condition of employment.  AIR will ask candidates to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made.  Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for exemption prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment from AIR
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.
AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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