Early Childhood Education - Research Specialist Intermediate at EdPolicyWorks at the University of Virginia

We are seeking a Research Specialist Intermediate to work with education policy faculty and other researchers on large-scale, complex research studies related to early childhood education policy. Our projects’ aims are focused on improving access to high quality early childhood opportunities at scale and supporting the early childhood education workforce. EdPolicyWorks is a joint collaboration between the Curry School of Education and Human Development and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy which seeks to bring together researchers from across the University of Virginia and the State to focus on important questions of educational policy. This position is ideal for individuals with interest in conducting rigorous, quantitative policy research. Applicants with the intention of ultimately pursuing doctoral studies in education, public policy, economics, psychology, and related fields are encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate will have expertise conducting social science research and will be capable of conducting complex tasks involving independent decision-making, while reporting to one or more faculty members or senior research personnel. The Research Specialist Intermediate may have the opportunity to:

  1. Work on a variety of projects that involve agencies like the Virginia Department of Education and the Louisiana Department of Education and more.
  2. In partnership with policy-makers and practitioners, conduct rigorous research that will directly inform pressing policy issues in early childhood education.
  3. Be involved with, and often times take a leadership role in, multiple phases of the research process which could include:
    • Reviewing and synthesizing academic and policy research literature.
    • Supporting the dissemination of surveys
    • Collecting, cleaning, and managing data from multiple sources
    • Performing detailed and complex data analyses
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood education interventions and initiatives.
    • Drafting academic papers, reports, and policy memos detailing the results of projects

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong interest in early childhood education policy.
  • The ability to take initiative, work independently, and effectively manage one’s own time.
  • Experience working in teams and with multiple researchers.
  • Experience supervising others.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work across multiple projects at the same time.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.•Strong coding skills in Stata or a related program.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education: Bachelor's degree in economics, public policy, statistics, psychology, computer science, or related field.Experience:3+ years of relevant research experience. Master's degree will be considered in lieu of experience. Experience working with large-scale data with Stata or a similar program.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS: Education: A Master’s degree in relevant field. Experience: Experience collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders. Experience conducting rigorous quantitative research.

More information available here: bit.ly/EPWeceresearchspecialist