AIR is currently seeking Researcher to join our to join our Workforce Development Program Are...
AIR is currently seeking Researcher to join our to join our Workforce Development Program Area within AIR's Human Services Division. The person hired for this position will work on mixed methods projects focused primarily on postsecondary education and related topic areas, including college readiness, access, and financial aid/affordability; career pathways, work-based learning, and competency-based education; and college completion, degrees/credentials, and transitions to the workforce. This position can be remote or located out of any of the following AIR locations once offices are reopened: Arlington, VA; Rockville, MD; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Chapel Hill, NC; Sacramento, CA, or Waltham, MA.
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.
The Researcher will work on multiple mixed-methods projects across the above areas, with responsibilities that include:
Lead the design and planning of qualitative and/or quantitative data collection instruments including interview protocols, focus group protocols, and surveys
Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative analysis of data sets
Coordinate and manage field-based data collection activities including interviews, structured observations, focus groups, document review, and collecting administrative records data
Manage the coding and analysis of data from surveys, interviews, observations, and extant data using the appropriate analysis tools
Write reports, including briefs, charts, and graphs that describe and interpret findings of analyses for clients
Support project and team organization, including taking notes during internal meetings, making and updating project timelines, and ensuring documents are uploaded to a shared drive
Contribute to the conceptualization and design of research studies
Design data collection frameworks and/or data crosswalks
Monitor, coordinate, and provide direction to assigned project staff; providing advice and guidance on appropriate research methods, analysis, and reporting
Develop and manage daily relationships with clients to plan, implement, and present study results while maintaining appropriate professional objectivity
Ph.D. in Higher Education, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Public Policy or other related field, or Master's degree with 4-7 years of relevant work experience
Experience with data collection activities from the field using a variety of methodologies and data collection techniques such as structured interviews, observations, and survey research
Experience with leading data analysis activities using descriptive and inferential statistics and managing the analysis of interview and focus group data
Effective oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated familiarity with the organization of data, including database structure, record layouts, and file structure
Demonstrated knowledge and experience of research principles and research design
Knowledge of various analytic and data management software (e.g., SPSS, Excel, STATA, NVivo, Access).
Available to travel locally and nationally
Relevant expertise, experience, and interest in research and study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting on any/all of the following topic areas:
College readiness and success initiatives
College planning, financial aid, and student debt
Community/technical colleges and state systems
Minority serving institutions, including Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions
Career and technical education programming and pathways
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
Interest in and passion for a wide range of workforce-related topics-including workforce policy and programs (e.g., employment and unemployment, social insurance, trade assistance, apprenticeships, etc.), career and technical education, postsecondary education, adult learning, vocational rehabilitation, and training and employment efforts for justice-involved, opportunity youth, displaced workers and other underserved populations-focusing mainly on improving equitable opportunity and economic outcomes for disadvantaged populations and communities.
AIR COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Notice: 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 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.