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Research Analyst
The Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC) conducts and disseminates rigorous, policy-relevant research in partnership with local, state, and federal policymakers and stakeholders to improve educational opportunities and holistic outcomes for traditionally marginalized students. WEPC’s research addresses key policy questions focused on equalizing educational opportunity, improving specialized services for students, and supporting an effective educator workforce.

Reporting to WEPC’s Assistant Director of Policy, the Research Analyst (RA) will be responsible for analyzing state and district data to answer quantitative research questions that inform the policy decisions of WEPC’s partner organizations. The RA’s portfolio of work may include, for example, identifying patterns of racial diversity in the educator workforce, calculating the costs associated with teacher hiring, and studying the impact of state and district policies that affect teachers and students.

Job Responsibilities
  • Cleaning and assembling large student- and teacher-level data sets for analysis (20%)
  • Conducting statistical analyses to answer policy-focused research questions (30%)
  • Presenting findings to internal and external audiences (researchers and policymakers) (20%)
  • Contributing to the development of policy reports and academic papers (20%)
  • Participating in regular project meetings with WEPC staff, faculty, and external partners (10%)
Position: Research Analyst
Organization: Boston University Wheelock Educational Policy Center
Location: Boston,  MA 
United States
Salary: $60,000-$70,000
Posting Start Date: 4/11/2023
Date Posted: 4/11/2023
Requirements Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, public policy, education policy, or a related field
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience, which can include up to 1 year of coursework, internships, or student research assistantships
  • Demonstrated ability to clean and analyze data using Stata
  • Knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistical methods
  • Interest in and knowledge of key issues in education policy
  • Excellent communication, time management, and problem-solving skills
Additional Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in economics, statistics, public policy, education policy, or a related field
  • Experience working with education data from state and/or district longitudinal data systems
  • Experience working in an education-focused organization, such as a school, school district, state department, non-profit organization, or similar
  • Knowledge of causal inference and quasi-experimental evaluation methods (e.g., regression discontinuity design, difference-in-differences, randomized controlled trials, etc.)
  • Ability to interpret research findings and statistical concepts for practitioners and policymakers
  • Data visualization skills
Status: This listing expires on: 7/10/2023
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Organization Information
Boston University Wheelock Educational Policy Center
2 Silber Way

Boston,  MA 02215
United States
Sidrah Baloch