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Researcher - Math Education

Company: American Institutes For Research
Location: Arlington
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:


AIR's Educators and Instruction program area is seeking a Researcher with expertise in K-12 math education to aid us with improving outcomes in Education. This position will support a growing body of work grounded in equity and improving outcomes and opportunities for racially and linguistically diverse learners in math. The researcher will contribute to multiple projects and business development activities with a focus on math teaching and learning; intervention research and development; program implementation and evaluation; research partnerships and field initiatives; and/or evidence use and dissemination. We seek a dynamic professional committed to using research and evidence to help improve equity and outcomes in math education, who will thrive in a fast-paced environment, working as part of a team with ambitious aspirations and evolving needs.

Candidates hired for the position might initially start working remotely but will eventually have the option to work from one of our U.S. office locations or continue to work remotely based in the U.S.

About AIR:

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.

AIR's commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone's unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.


The responsibilities for the position include:

* Lead and contribute to research and evaluation in K-12 math education
* Serve as research analyst, task or functional lead, and subject matter expert for education research projects and related activities
* Work on collaborative project teams and manage project activities, including budgets and deliverables
* Develop conceptual frameworks, research designs, and protocols to generate evidence
* Apply qualitative or quantitative techniques to collect, manage, analyze, and report data
* Write and contribute to proposals and business development activities for federal, state, foundation, and other clients and funders
* Clearly communicate with clients, colleagues, and other internal and external stakeholders and represent AIR in a professional manner
* Recruit and manage relationships with research participants and sites
* Prepare research products and present findings so that they are accessible and useful to clients, funders, education organizations, and the public
* Mentor and supervise the work of research assistants and associates
* Contribute to the implementation and integration of AIR's diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in research and business activities
* Maintain excellent relationships in the field, serve as a client contact, and actively pursue business development through client relationships, partnership development, and by staying abreast of the direction of the field


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

* A PhD degree or Masters degree with a minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience in math education or related fields
* Knowledge of federal or state/local policies, programs, and priorities related to math education
* Proficiency applying educational or research methods for implementation research, intervention research, outcome and impact studies, and/or continuous improvement efforts
* Experience managing and contributing to research and evaluation projects and products
* Experience teaching or working with K-12 education stakeholders, such as school districts, educators, or program and professional development providers
* Experience working with or serving racially/linguistically diverse communities or populations historically underrepresented in math
* Prior experience with proposal development or working on contract/grant-based projects preferred but not required


* Excellent interpersonal skills to ensure effective communication with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
* Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy
* Ability to work independently and as part of a team and balance multiple concurrent projects
* Ability to maintain a professional and effective working relationship with project teams, partners, and clients
* Passion for bringing evidence to bear on education policy, practice, and decision-making in math education


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 age, 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.

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AIR's Total Rewards Program, is designed to reward our staff competitively and motivate them to achieve our critical mission. This position offers an anticipated annual salary of $85,000 - $135,000. Salary offers are made based on internal equity within the institution and external equity with competitive markets. Please note this is the annual salary range for candidates that are based in the United States.

Keywords: American Institutes For Research, Arlington , Researcher - Math Education, Education / Teaching , Arlington, Virginia

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