Research Assistant (Part Time)

We are seeking a part-time, Research Assistant to join our Research and Evaluation team. Our team is small, collaborative, driven, and dedicated to our organization’s bold goals for innovative education globally. As a qualified candidate, you will:

  • Preferably be an undergraduate or graduate student in education or related field with at least 1 year experience collecting and analyzing qualitative data.

  • Be eager to seek out and summarize existing research and related educational programs and evaluate the practices and learning outcomes of students using our methodology, curriculum and apps.

  • Be respectful, thoughtful, curious, and genuinely interested in how people think and learn.

  • Be able to travel to the DC-area every three months.

  • Work well remotely, as well as communicate often with a small, collaborative team.


We strongly prefer you to be located in Pittsburgh, PA as this is where our Research and Evaluation Team lives and works.

Responsibilities

  • Analyze Evaluation Data: You will analyze data that has been collected by our team and many of our partners in schools and learning organizations. This will include transcribing interviews and coding field notes and transcripts. You will analyze student work and related assessments. You will provide descriptive statistics from survey instruments and analytics from apps. You may also run some basic statistical analysis, such as t-tests.

  • Collect Data for Evaluation: You may occasionally collect data from active NGL organizations. This may include conducting interviews with students, teachers, and parents, observing NGL sessions and administering surveys.

  • Create Insights to Share: You will work with your colleagues to write evaluation reports. These will include information about the programs using NGL, the case study learners, learning outcomes, mentor practices, and recommendations to improve the NGL products, trainings, implementations, and curriculum. You will create case study learner profiles and learning trajectories. Occasionally, you may blog about these insights on the NGL website.

  • Research: You will assist with research by collecting and summarizing peer-reviewed articles and web resources on specific topics, such as self-reflection, performance-based assessments, design and use of rubrics, experiential learning, etc. You will collaborate with colleagues to synthesize the information and provide recommendations to the OE team to improve the products, implementation, curriculum, and trainings

  • Communication: Our team is distributed across the US.. Frequent, pro-active, and clear communication is essential to this role. You’ll communicate with your colleagues daily via Slack and Google Hangouts, and will have several virtual meetings per week set aside for collaboration and catching up on progress. You’ll use other tools such as Trello to collaborate on projects, track tasks, and ensure everyone is on the same page. You’ll regularly provide feedback on projects other team members are working on and collaborate with our team to continuously improve our processes.

  • Travel: You must be able to meet with the NGL team in person every three months for a two- to three-day meeting in the Washington, D.C. area. These meetings are an important time to connect with colleagues, brainstorm user challenges, and get motivated and inspired about our work. The Research and Evaluation team also meets separately when feasible, and the timing and locations of those meetings will be determined after hiring is complete. You will not be responsible for travel costs.

  • Availability: This role requires an average weekly commitment of 15 hours or more, and most work will be done remotely from a location of your choosing. Semester-related fluctuations in availability are expected.

Personal Characteristics

The OE Next Generation Learning team is distributed across various U.S. and overseas locations. To work effectively, you should display the following characteristics:

  • High standard of quality and ability to evaluate your own work critically.
  • Commitment to timeliness and deadlines established by the organization.

  • Intense curiosity about learning and motivation.

  • Ability to work very efficiently on your own, and know when to reach out and collaborate.

  • Willingness to work productively with interdisciplinary teams.

  • Eagerness to develop and share new ideas.

  • Excel at giving and receiving thoughtful and respectful feedback and critiques.

  • Have strong beliefs, loosely held, about what is best for our products and our end users

  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in progress

  • A graduate degree or degree in progress is strongly preferred

  • 1+ year of experience collecting and analyzing qualitative data. Experience analyzing quantitative data is not required, but appreciated.

  • Please be prepared to share samples of your writing.

Reporting

The Research Assistant reports to Director, Research and Evaluation

 

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and your resume to jobs@opportunityeducation.org