The Senior Research Associate supports the K-12 research activities of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI) by designing and managing research projects associated with K-12 education reform efforts for African American students; collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting both quantitative and qualitative data; writing reports, briefs, brochures and other collateral pieces that convey UNCF's position and research knowledge of relevant education reform issues; advising on results and findings and making recommendations for policy, program and development decision-making.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Collaboratively work with FDPRI Advocacy staff to design and conduct research studies that provide cutting-edge and relevant data on K-12 education reform issues that directly affect African American students;
Mine existing UNCF data for trends and findings that can inform UNCF's Advocacy work in local communities and present it in the most impactful format;
Author reports, policy briefs, monographs, one-pagers, brochures and other publications to disseminate UNCF's Advocacy research to relevant stakeholders, including UNCF-member institutions, UNCF development officers, parents, education reform organizations and researchers, and local activists.
Provide expert consultation to UNCF staff and other collaborative stakeholders about the research findings and best practices around K-12 education reform efforts.
Manage data collected to inform Advocacy research.
Generate new or modified perspectives and theories of education policy processes that can build UNCF expertise and contribute to the development of new products or services for Advocacy.
Assist in the development of proposals and project budgets for Advocacy.
This position will periodically supervise interns
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Master's degree required in the areas of education policy, (preferably in K-12 education), education psychology, education administration or related field and at least two to four years of experience in K-12 education reform organizations and/or activities. Doctoral degree (PhD, or EdD) degree preferred.
Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Statistical software such as SPSS, or SAS.
Ability to organize and manage information resources; extensive knowledge of research methodology and data analysis using qualitative and quantitative techniques; ability to analyze and interpret research data; and ability to juggle/prioritize multiple tasks.
Expertise in K-12 education reform issues desired.
HOW TO APPLY
This position requires travel.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information or to view other opportunities at UNCF please visit: www.uncf.org.