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American Institutes for Research Researcher, Education Systems (Waltham, MA) in Waltham, Massachusetts

AIR is seeking a Researcher to join our Education Systems & Policy Program Area within AIR’s Human Services Division to aid us with improving outcomes in Education. The Researcher will provide research and technical assistance expertise for several major contract and grant research projects. In this role, the researcher is responsible for data collection and analysis, providing support for project teams in developing and carrying out the work, following sound project management practices to ensure the timely completion of all deliverables within budget, and with high quality research standards that meet client requirements. This position is ideal for someone who has experience working in schools or school districts, as well as with data collection and analysis, and who can present data to stakeholders for the purposes of improving schools, districts, or educational practices.

This position will be located out of AIR's Waltham, Massachusetts office and will have the option to telework three days a week.

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 responsibilities for the position include:

  • Serve as research task leader and/or project director for education systems projects; manage or lead projects or tasks, including associated teams and budgets

  • Develop conceptual frameworks and research designs for rigorous experimental, quasi-experimental, and descriptive studies

  • Apply appropriate qualitative research techniques to collect and analyze data

  • Prepare technical reports and present findings to clients and the public

  • Mentor junior research assistants, sharing approaches to solving concrete problems, and providing feedback on the work of others

  • Clearly communicate with clients, site-base staff, and other stakeholder and represent AIR in a professional manner

  • Write research proposals for Federal, state, foundation, and other clients

  • Maintain excellent relationships, serves as the primary client contact, and actively pursue business development through client relationships, partnership development, and by staying abreast of the direction of the field

Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • A Ph.D. or Masters with a minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience in education, psychology, sociology, or other related fields

  • Experience managing research and evaluation projects for external clients

  • Experience with the analysis and write-up of qualitative data for clients and stakeholders

  • Experience working on proposals, budgeting, and project management activities

  • Experience effectively leading and mentoring junior staff, including managing for work excellence, timeliness, and on-budget execution

  • Experience working with districts and schools or other related stakeholders is a plus but not required

Relevant expertise, experience, and interest in research on one or more of the following topic areas:

  • School accountability and improvement

  • School and district improvement plans and processes

  • High school pathways including early college high schools, PTECH and TSTEM academies

  • College access and readiness

  • School and district finance


  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy when writing

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to ensure effective communication with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds


This position is open to U.S. citizens only. Upon hire, incumbent will be required to obtain clearance through the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) system.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

AIR’s Total Rewards Program, is designed to reward our staff competitively and motivate them to achieve our critical mission. This position offers an anticipated annual salary of $85,000 - $115,00. Salary offers are made based on internal equity within the institution and external equity with competitive markets. Please note this is the annual salary range for candidates that are based in the United States.

AIR maintains a drug-free work environment.

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External Company Name: American Institutes for Research