Senior Research Associate - Temple University

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, at Temple University is seeking a Senior Research Associate (Sr. RA) to join our growing team. As a mission-driven organization we take seriously the importance of rigorous research, engagement and communication activities, and advocacy. Our diverse team is committed to communities that demand affordable, accessible, high-quality education from high school through higher education and beyond. Our teammates demonstrate why #RealCollege matters: we have collectively lived the challenges of navigating government bureaucracy and cash-strapped colleges, experienced the trauma and perils of living without financial stability, and experienced marginalization along nearly every possible line.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Sr. RA is responsible for conducting research studies within the Center. The incumbent will provide comprehensive senior level coordination and management of the day-to-day research activities, such as: designing and planning research studies, overseeing general data collection and serving as an authoritative source on research practices, precedents, theory, and principles. Most of these studies will be multi-sited, longitudinal studies utilizing multiple data sources and collaboration with both colleges and external agencies. All will be high-profile externally-funded activities.

The Sr. RA will be responsible navigating human subjects and legal approvals, and recruiting study participants. This position will conduct data cleaning, coding, and statistical programming and/or qualitative data collection, coding, and analysis activities. The Sr RA will also work on translating research studies into policy and/or practice and will prepare both public-facing and academic reports on the studies. Delivering presentations and seminars at national meetings and conferences is also an essential function of the role. Performs other duties as assigned.

Too many students leave college without credentials because life, logistics, and a lack of money get in the way. These #RealCollege students are the new majority, but they are often ignored. The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University drives innovative practice, evidence-based policymaking, and effective communications to support #RealCollege students.

It is an exciting and difficult time to be working on creating significant social change. We seek teammates who are committed to our mission and capable and comfortable with working effectively in a fast-paced environment.

Required Education & Experience:
PhD in economics, sociology/demography, political science, psychology, statistics, or educational policy and experience conducting quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods research and analyzing and interpreting the results. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:
*Applied research skills and ability to design, plan and conduct research activities and serve as an authoritative source on research practices, precedents, theory, and principles.
*Strong quantitative skills, including the conduct of experimental and/or quasi-experimental research designs and/or exemplary qualitative skills, including in-depth interviewing and focus groups.
*Strong writing skills and demonstrated ability to write about research in an accessible manner.
*Strong communication and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to work with a diverse population.
*Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, along with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
*Ability to monitor the work of others and provide training, regular feedback and performance management.

Preferred:
*Experience overseeing the work of graduate and undergraduate students
*Programming in STATA and/or R
*Research experience studying higher education and applying research for policy analysis, program evaluation, and planning.
*Experience working on higher education topics or those related to the Center’s work on food and housing insecurity.
*Experience working directly with colleges and universities on research; public institutions preferred.

This is a grant funded position.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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