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EdPolicyWorks Research Specialist

Company: University of VA
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: January 17, 2023

Job Description:

EdPolicyWorks at the University of Virginia seeks applicants for one or more Research Specialists to work with education policy faculty on large-scale early childhood and K-12 studies.

EdPolicyWorksisa joint collaborationbetween the School of Education and Human Development and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy which seeks to bring together researchers from across the University of Virginia and the State to focus on important questions of educational policy.Thesepositionsareideal for recent graduates who want to gain hands-on experience conducting applied, quantitative,andeducation research,as well asformore experienced data analysts. Applicants who may ultimately pursue graduate studies in education, public policy, etc. are encouraged to apply.

The Research Specialist will report to one or more faculty members or senior researchpersonnel, andoperate with a degree of independence.

The Research Specialist may have the opportunity to:

1. Work on a variety ofResearcher-PractitionerPartnerships withthe Virginia Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Education,Richmond Public Schools,theDenver PublicSchoolsandmore.

2. Work with leaders in the fields of education policy to conduct rigorousresearch that will directly inform pressing policy issuesrelated to early childhood and K-12policies.

3. Be involved in every stage of a research project by:

  • Meeting withpractitioner andpolicy partnersand stakeholders to discuss research projects
  • Reviewing and synthesizing research literature
  • Contributing to the development of survey instruments
  • Collecting, cleaning, and managing data from multiple sources

  • Performing initial data analyses
  • Assisting indescriptive, quasi-experimental, and experimentalresearch
  • Assisting in draftingpolicyand researchbriefs, reports,and academic papers,potentiallyearning co-authorship status for academic publications on one or more projects

    4. Gain valuable insights into the processes required for securing research funding, building and maintaining partner relationships, and communicating results to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences.

    In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Interest in early childhoodor k-12 policyissues;
  • The ability to take initiative, work independently, and effectively manage one's owntime;
  • Organizational skills and ability to work across multiple projects at the sametime;

  • Established written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.;
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with a diverse group ofstakeholders;
  • Strong performance in quantitative coursework (e.g.,statistics, econometrics); and,
  • Coding skills in Stata or a related program.

    Minimum Requirements

    Education: Bachelor's degree in economics, public policy, statistics, psychology, computer science, or related field

    Experience: Experience conducting rigorous quantitative research, either through coursework, thesis writing, or working as an undergraduate/professional research assistant

    Licensure: None.

    Preferred Requirements

    Education:MA or MPP degree

    Experience: 2+years experienceas a Research Assistant conductingsocial science/educationresearch, either in an academic or professional setting, experience working with education data;anddemonstrated interest in education and or social/policy

    Please note that this is a restricted position and continuation beyond a year is dependent upon the availability of funding and satisfactoryperformance.

    Application Instructions

    Internal UVA Applicants : Please apply through your Workday Home page, search "Find Jobs", and search forEdPolicyWorksResearch Specialist. Complete an application online and attach:
  • Cover letter,
  • CV/resume,
  • Writing sampleand
  • Contact information forthree references (name, email address, telephone number, address)

    External Applicants: Please visit the UVA job board Workday , complete the application and attach:
  • Cover letter,
  • CV/resume,
  • Writing sample, and
  • Contact information forthree references (name, email address, telephone number, address)

    This position is open until filled.For questions about the application process, please contactMargaret Weeks, Academic Recruiter.

    In addition to this posting, our department hasanother related opening available for your application. Should your qualificationsalignand the description piques your interest, we encourage you to apply to be considered in each pool. To preview and apply to these additional postings, visit the links below. If you areinterested, pleaseapply through your Workdayby searchingEdPolicyWorksData ManagementSpecialist.


    This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking to attendmeetings,and programs.

    COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

    Please visit theUVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelineswebpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

    The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Keywords: University of VA, Charlottesville , EdPolicyWorks Research Specialist, Other , Charlottesville, Virginia

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