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Researcher, Early Childhood Education


AIR is looking to hire a Researcher to work with leading AIR scholars in the area of early childhood education, joining our Learning Supports Program Area within AIR’s Human Services Division. AIR is seeking a colleague with particular expertise in performing cost, cost-effectiveness, benefit-cost analysis of early childhood programs and in state and federal policy around childcare subsidies.


This position can be remote or located out of any of the following AIR locations: Arlington, Virginia; Rockville, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Waltham, Massachusetts; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; or Sacramento, California.


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 Researcher/Senior Researcher will work on several projects with responsibilities that may include:

  • Managing or leading tasks in the area of early childhood and/or cost studies, with assumption of greater responsibility over time
  • Collaborating with colleagues in the early childhood hub to identify and develop new project opportunities 
  • Supporting the development of research proposals in collaboration with senior AIR scholars or partners
  • Developing conceptual frameworks that guide project work (e.g., logic models, project plans)
  • Applying appropriate techniques to collect, analyze, and report resource and cost data
  • Preparing technical reports and journal articles and presenting findings to diverse audiences, including clients and the public
  • Supervising staff and providing feedback on the work of others


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Doctoral degree in child development, developmental psychology, education, economics, public policy, educational psychology, or a related field OR Master’s degree in child development, developmental psychology, education, economics, public policy, educational psychology, or a related field with a minimum of 4 years of professional experience
  • At least 4 years of experience supporting or managing research projects in early childhood
  • At least 2 years of experience leading or supporting educational cost analyses
  • Familiarity with state and federal policy around childcare subsidies, market rate surveys, and high-quality early childhood programs
  • Experience developing research proposals and grants
  • Experience communicating results of research studies to policymakers, practitioners, and diverse audiences


  • Skills in using state-of-the art cost analysis methods (e.g., the ingredients approach)
  • Ability to effectively manage research projects or tasks
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage competing timelines and multiple projects
Position: Researcher, Early Childhood Education
Organization: AIR
Location: Arlington,  VA 
United States
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 10/25/2022
Status: This listing expires on: 1/23/2023
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Arlington,  VA 22202
United States
Aubrey Simon