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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Senior Research Associate, United Negro College Fund, Washington, DC

Senior Research Associate

Posted on: January 9, 2015
Posted by: United Negro College Fund

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. 
  • 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.
Supervisory Responsibilities
This position will periodically supervise interns
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.
Other Qualifications: 
Expertise in K-12 education reform issues desired.
This position requires travel.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: For more information or to view other opportunities at UNCF please visit:
UNCF, Inc. is an EOE M/F/V/D.

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