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.
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; and draw inferences for policy and practice. This position must also be able to develop and write proposals as part of a team. This position may function as principal investigator/project manager 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
Supervises more junior staff in the analysis of data and the development of proposals and reports
Leads the interpretation of results for policy and program perspectives
Serves as project manager/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
Attends management meetings
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).
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:
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Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. For 37 years, decision makers have relied on our rigorous research, unbiased analyses, and clear communications to improve public policies and interventions that serve children and families.