The Senior Research Analyst will be part of a growing team at the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University. CEPR seeks to transform education through the power of research and evidence. CEPR and its partners believe all students will learn and thrive when education leaders make decisions using evidence, rather than hunches and untested assumptions.
In pursuit of this end, CEPR both conducts cutting-edge quantitative research on critical topics for the field and develops new and faster models of education research that can better support education leaders. The Senior Research Analyst will be a critical part of the CEPR team, helping education leaders around the country to learn what's working and what's not in education.
We are seeking a Senior Research Analyst to provide advanced statistical analysis to help support CEPR's mission of improving education outcomes with evidence.
Senior research analysts (SRA) will lead the technical and analytic development of multiple projects across CEPR in discussion with faculty and CEPR leadership. Specific responsibilities include independently analyzing data designing new analyses, performing complex programming tasks; contributing to reports and presentations for partners; presenting key research findings to internal and external audiences, developing new research proposals, and creating work plans and managing timelines, SRA will also collaborate closely with CEPR leadership, Harvard faculty, and partner agency staff to continually refine analytic work products and to identify opportunities to leverage cutting-edge methods and technology in generating research evidence. Other duties as required.
This position is a term appointment for one year from the date of hire, with a strong possibility of continuation.
HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.
HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school. We do this by:
Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
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About the Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree in computer science, data science, statistics, economics, public policy, or a related field, prior to starting in the position;
At least 5 plus years of professional work experience; relevant coursework may count towards this experience;
Strong facility with STATA or R;
Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, sample quantitative paper (academic publication or working paper) that you have previously written that demonstrates your analytic and writing skills, and transcript (official or unofficial) if graduated within the past 5 years. Please submit these materials as a single PDF document. Any applicant wishing to be considered for this position should indicate that they meet all of the basic requirements in either the cover letter or resume; and
All candidates invited to interview will be asked to complete an analytic exercise for their phone interview. Finalists will be asked to give a presentation.
Experience working with data of varying quality and from varied source systems;
Knowledgeable of causal and statistical methods and their appropriate uses;
Able to identify methodological challenges and develop or adapt research designs as necessary;
Able to synthesize and present findings to both technical and non‐technical audiences;
Proven ability to work under pressure, accurately assess problems, and develop solutions;
Experience working with (or in) education or the public sector preferred;
Knowledge of data science or enterprise data management systems/tools a plus;
Familiarity with machine learning algorithms, data visualization techniques, or Bayesian estimation a plus; and
Familiarity with 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.
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About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
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