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Quantitative Researcher, Early Childhood Education

Company: American Institutes for Research
Location: Arlington
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Crystal City, Va, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance and capacity building services domestically and internationally in health, social development, education, and workforce to a growing roster of clients and partners.


AIR’s Learning Supports program area is currently looking for a Quantitative Researcher with expertise in early childhood development and early education. The Researcher will work on multiple projects with a focus on high-quality early childhood education and special education in the context of local and state partnerships.

  • Analyze, interpret, and report on complex quantitative data using appropriate statistical and/or psychometric methods (multiple linear regression, HLM, Structural Equation Modeling, IRT, and so on)
  • Design data collection frameworks and/or data crosswalks
  • Lead tasks and projects using rigorous designs such as randomized control trials, regression discontinuity, and quasi-experimental designs with tight controls
  • Contribute substantively, thoughtfully, and creatively to the conceptualization and design of education research studies
  • Write reports, briefs, proposals and other documents that are clear, concise, thoughtful and contribute substantively to the field
  • Monitor, coordinate, and provide direction to assigned project staff; providing advice and guidance to staff in terms of appropriate research methods, analysis, and reporting
  • Develop and manage daily relationships with clients to plan, implement, and present the results of the study while maintaining appropriate professional objectivity
  • Provide assistance to clients for analytical or statistical expertise

  • Ph.D. in education, psychology, sociology, or other related field, or Master’s degree with 4-7 years of relevant work experience
  • Able to apply advanced statistical methods, and able to communicate effectively about these methods to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Highly proficient in STATA or R, and open to learning new statistical tools as required by different projects.
  • Knowledge or experience with the analysis of large-scale data sets, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.
  • Prior quantitative research on policy-relevant topics in education using advanced methods such as fixed effects, regression discontinuity, or instrumental variables.
  • Interest and expertise in content related to early childhood, special education, English learners or MTSS preferred.

Candidates hired for the new position might initially start working remotely but will ultimately have the option to work from one of our offices located in the DC, Chicago, Boston, Oakland, and Austin (TX) metro areas.


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. 



Keywords: American Institutes for Research, Arlington , Quantitative Researcher, Early Childhood Education, Other , Arlington, Virginia

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