Child Trends is looking for a Research Scientist to join our Education research area. Child Trends’ education team strives to identify the educational policies, programs, and structures that create positive conditions for learning that help youth of all backgrounds flourish throughout their education and beyond. Our areas of research priorities include school climate, school discipline, school health and wellness, educational equity, and college and workplace readiness. Understanding how school systems and structures contribute to inequitable outcomes and identifying strategies to promote educational equity is core to our work.
The Research Scientist will be responsible for designing, planning, and executing major education research projects in consultation with colleagues. They will also design research approaches, guide data collection, perform quantitative and qualitative analyses; write and present reports for various audiences; draw inferences for policy and practice; and, provide training and technical assistance to federal, state, and local stakeholders. This position must also be able to develop and write proposals as part of a team. This position may function as principal investigator/project director for research projects, including managing research analysts or research assistants and will sometimes serve as a point person for communication between research partners or with clients.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develops or participates in developing research topics, proposals, budgets, and research design
- Designs methodology for quantitative and/or qualitative data collections and analyses to answer research questions and/or evaluate programs
- Oversees the provision of training and technical assistance to federal, state, and local stakeholders
- Supervises more junior staff in the analysis of data, the development of proposals and reports, the provision of training and technical assistance, and other tasks
- Leads the interpretation of results for policy and program perspectives
- Serves as project director/principal investigator for one or more projects
- Writes final reports, research briefs, and executive summaries and presents results to clients, other researchers, policymakers, or practitioners
- Reviews resumes and interviews candidates for employment
- Ph.D. in education, economics, psychology, political science, public policy, sociology, or another social science
- Substantive expertise in education research in topics aligned to the priorities of Child Trends’ education team (e.g., school climate, school discipline, school-based prevention programs, non-academic competencies, social-emotional learning, college and career readiness)
- Experience working in a K-12 education setting or state education agency a plus, but not required
- Knowledge of and experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Experience writing successful proposals to private and public funders
- Experience with primary data collection and data management
- Demonstrated ability to manage research projects effectively with keen attention to detail and quality
- Experience managing research staff preferred
- Proficiency in either quantitative or qualitative analytic methodologies, including software programing ability (e.g. SAS, STATA, R, NVivo, Dedoose, etc.)
- Knowledgeable about data management and security
- Excellent oral and written communication
How to Apply:
Please follow the “apply” link to submit your application. When asked by the system to upload resume, please upload one document that includes your resume, cover letter, transcripts, a writing sample and contact information for three professional references. Materials must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any difficulties with this process please email the requested materials to recruitment (at) childtrends.org and make sure to reference the position in the subject line. No phone calls please!
Child Trends, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children. With annual revenue of $23 million and 192 employees, our clients include federal, state and local government agencies, foundations, and service providers. Our headquarters is located in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices in Minneapolis and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2018, we were recognized as a Great Place to Work for Women, Best Workplace in Consulting & Professional Services and Best Small & Medium Workplace.
Child Trends is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disability encouraged to apply.