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Research Assistant

Company: WestEd
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: October 14, 2019

Job Description:

The ideal candidate has experience and competence analyzing quantitative data, emerging knowledge of education finance, systems change, education policy (early childhood, K-12, and/or higher education). Experience with the collection, analysis, and presentation of data, report generation, and writing for diverse audiences. The ideal candidate also exhibits strong communication (written and verbal) skills and can juggle multiple priorities.
The candidate will have the opportunity to grow as a researcher within WestEd and build expertise in education policy and data analysis.

Responsibilities:
1. Provides direct research assistance within WestEd teams serving state and local education agencies by:
(a) Supporting project leads to engage clients and a broad range of stakeholders
(b) Helping to design data collection protocols, coding and analyzing data, conducting research reviews, writing and formatting summary reports;
(c) Supporting organizational analyses and interpretation under the direction of WestEd colleagues that generate recommendations to improve program quality, organizational structure, staffing, and resource allocation efficiency and effectiveness;
(d) Analyzing program and federal and state compliance requirements to develop policies and protocols to support productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency;

2. Assists with the development and growth of WestEd services by participating in proposal preparation and project management.

3. Prepares high quality written materials in a variety of formats that document, analyze, and explain critical information including, but not limited to, descriptions of collaborative planning processes, complex data, analytical results, and recommendations and reflections based on clients' needs and data.

4. Develops, manages, and facilitates communication among and between program staff, clients, and partner organizations as needed, including meeting scheduling, documentation, and agenda planning.

Qualifications:
* Minimum Bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred (in progress acceptable)
* Experience using Stata
* Professional experience in education research and/or consulting
* Knowledge and expertise collecting, analyzing, and summarizing quantitative data
* Strong writing and analytical skills with the ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences
* Knowledge and understanding of education finance research and research on improving schools and school systems
* Familiarity and interest in education policy analysis and development
* Able to work independently and seek assistance and guidance as additional input and support is needed
* Strong attention to detail to ensure that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully prepare for meetings and presentations; follow up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled
* Experience with project management including the ability to identify and think through all necessary steps of a project, set appropriate personal deadlines and adhere to team deadlines, move seamlessly between prioritized tasks
* A commitment to excellence and equity and having an impact on the lives of children.
* Travel: Ability to travel 25% Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor s legal duty to furnish information.

Keywords: WestEd, Sacramento , Research Assistant, Other , Sacramento, California

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