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If so, RFA may be the place for you. Please see our job openings below. To apply for a position, please read the instructions below. Click on the job title for a detailed description. If you have any difficulties, please contact us at

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Full Time Openings

Research Associate (Summer 2024)

Research For Action (RFA) is looking for a quantitative or mixed-methods researcher to join its team at the Research Associate level. Research Associates are early- to mid-career researchers with strong methodological and content expertise in social science and education research and in applying theoretical frameworks, concepts, and models related to equity in education. Research Associates play a key role in research project development and execution, and project team leadership. They develop and execute intermediate to advanced research designs, direct or co-direct research projects and their teams, manage project partners, develop data collection tools and processes, and lead data analysis and deliverables. Research Associates play a leadership role at the organization by fostering a collaborative and equitable work culture, supporting or initiating efforts that help advance RFA’s mission, actively contributing to business development, and supervising other researchers. Research Associates report to Senior Associate-level researchers or Research Directors. The Research Associate position reflects a broad range of skills and competencies, with advancement within the position reflecting increased job responsibility and independence in the execution of responsibilities in the areas of research design, project team leadership, product development, external communications, and business development.

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Research for Action (RFA) is looking for a mixed-methods researcher to join its team at the Research Analyst level for a one-year position with the possibility of conversion to permanent after one year of employment, dependent on business need. The Visiting Research Analyst serves a critical role in research project execution and support across several projects simultaneously. Research Analysts at RFA engage in data collection, management, and preparation, and conduct data analysis and interpretation/write-up. Research Analysts also support project management activities. This position offers an opportunity to build expertise in research skills and competencies across research and evaluation methodologies, including advanced statistical analyses, program evaluation, and qualitative research activities. The person in this position must be based in or within commuting distance of Philadelphia.

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