The Research Analyst I will be part of a growing team at the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University. CEPR is a unique partnership among districts, states, foundations, and university-based researchers designed to leverage the overwhelming amount of newly available school-, teacher-, and student-level data to address previously intractable policy questions in education and improve educational outcomes for all students. The Research Analyst I will be a key member of the CEPR team, helping education leaders around the country to learn what's working and what's not in education. The Research Analyst's primary responsibility is to work, as part of a team, to conduct analyses that support the work of Center, including assessing the effectiveness of school level interventions (e.g., education software, afterschool programs, professional development, etc.). Amongst other work, the Research Analyst I will be deeply engaged in CEPR's Proving Ground project.
Specific responsibilities include:
Data Analysis & Programming:
Assemble, clean, manage, and analyze large longitudinal data sets derived from multiple sources.
Evaluate data quality. Identify data outliers and anomalies that require resolution prior to analysis.
Identify coding challenges and resolve or elevate them within the research team
Execute standard analyses and help develop customized analyses that address questions of core interest to partner agencies
Perform complex programming/analytic tasks with supervision
Partner Relations & Communications:
Participate in presenting key research findings to internal and external audiences.
Contribute to drafting reports and presentations for partner leadership, including school boards, superintendents, and principals
Perform literature and web searches, summaries, and reviews in support of CEPR projects
Collaborate with CEPR leadership, Harvard faculty, and partner agency staff to continually refine analytic work products.
Contribute to the development of new projects and proposals.
Candidates wishing to be considered must submit a resume and cover letter. All candidates invited to interview will be asked to complete a memo based on a case study for their phone interview, and a case study presentation for the in-person interview.
This position is a term appointment for one year from the date of hire, with a strong possibility of continuation.
We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.
About the Harvard Graduate School of Education:
Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community which values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in public policy, economics, statistics, computer science or a related field, prior to starting in the position. One year of related work experience.
Applicants wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to their resume.
Any applicant wishing to be considered for this position must indicate that they meet all of the basic requirements in either cover letter or resume.
Please attach cover letter and resume as one document.
Knowledge of statistics, computation and rationale.
At least one year of experience working with STATA and/or SAS programming and data analysis, which may include data management, cleaning, analysis, and report writing. Relevant coursework may count toward this experience.
Experience working with data of varying quality and from varied source systems.
Ability to communicate technical topics to non-technical audiences.
Proven ability to work under pressure, accurately assess problems, and develop solutions. Knowledge of enterprise data management systems /tools a plus.
Familiarity with SPSS or R programming, Tableau, or Python a plus.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.