Employment

Now Hiring: Transcribers

About the Organization:

Research for Action (RFA) is an independent, non-profit educational research organization that seeks to use research as the basis for the improvement of educational opportunities and outcomes for traditionally underserved students. With over two decades of experience, our work is designed to strengthen public schools and postsecondary institutions; provide research-based recommendations to policymakers, practitioners and the public at the local, state and national levels; and enrich the civic and community dialogue about public education.

Summary:

Research for Action (RFA) is seeking temporary part-time transcribers to contribute to the qualitative research component of mixed-methods research projects. Applicants should have prior experience transcribing interviews, focus groups, meetings, and/or other forms of audio-recorded data. RFA is seeking applicants who can transcribe one hour of interviews in 2-3 hours at a minimum. Transcribers will be compensated on an hourly basis and compensation will be based on prior experience and speed. Hours and days are flexible but all work must be completed at our office in Philadelphia.

To Apply: Send your resume and a brief description of prior transcribing experience to applicants@researchforaction.org. Please include the title of the position in the subject of your email.

Now Hiring: Quantitative Senior Research Associate or Research Associate

About the Organization:

Research for Action (RFA) is an independent, non-profit educational research organization that seeks to use research as the basis for the improvement of educational opportunities and outcomes for traditionally underserved students. With over two decades of experience, our work is designed to strengthen public schools and postsecondary institutions; provide research-based recommendations to policymakers, practitioners and the public at the local, state and national levels; and enrich the civic and community dialogue about public education.

Summary:

Research for Action (RFA) is seeking a Quantitative Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to contribute to policy and evaluation studies in urban educational settings through research, data analysis, and writing. The Research Associate will participate in a variety of team-based research projects across a range of content areas. This is a full-time exempt position located at our office in Philadelphia; salary and title will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the candidates.

Job Qualifications:

  • PhD in a relevant field such as statistics, sociology, education, economics, psychology, or public policy.
  • Quantitative research experience in educational settings.
  • Expertise with quantitative educational research methods including two or more of the following: multilevel modeling, value added modeling, experimental design, propensity score matching and other quasi-experimental methods.
  • Experience with, and/or strong interested in mastering, survey research (i.e., survey design, calculations of statistical power, creation of survey weights, design of survey questions, survey implementation software, analysis).
  • Fluent in Stata and experience with other statistical software such as HLM, R, etc.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to work collaboratively with team members on projects and ease at building rapport with interviewees, clients, and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated research interests in one or more of RFA’s core research areas:
    • K-16 district, state and federal policy
    • Urban school reform
    • Out-of-school programming
    • Youth development
    • Literacy
    • Teacher quality and effectiveness
    • College access and success
    • Educational needs of vulnerable youth (e.g. youth in foster care and/or juvenile justice system)

To Apply: Send your resume, cover letter and a writing sample to applicants@researchforaction.org. Please include the title of the position in the subject of your email.

 

Now Hiring: Quantitative Research Fellow

About the Organization:

Research for Action (RFA) is an independent, non-profit educational research organization that seeks to use research as the basis for the improvement of educational opportunities and outcomes for traditionally underserved students. With over two decades of experience, our work is designed to strengthen public schools and postsecondary institutions; provide research-based recommendations to policymakers, practitioners and the public at the local, state and national levels; and enrich the civic and community dialogue about public education.

Summary:

Research for Action (RFA) is seeking a six month Quantitative Research Fellow from July 2015 to December 2015 to contribute to policy and evaluation studies in urban educational settings through research, data analysis, and writing. The Quantitative Research Fellow will work on a multisite evaluation of out of school learning time. This is a temporary full-time exempt position at our office in Philadelphia and salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the candidates.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in a relevant field such as statistics, sociology, education, economics, psychology, or public policy.
  • Experience with the Stata statistical software package and Excel.
  • Familiarity with coding based statistical packages such as Stata, SAS, or R. Experience with coding in other computer languages is a plus.
  • Quantitative research experience.
  • Detail Oriented.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to work collaboratively with team members on projects and ease at building rapport with interviewees, clients, and colleagues of diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to improving public education.

To Apply: Send your resume, cover letter and a writing sample to applicants@researchforaction.org. Please include the title of the position in the subject of your email.

Interns

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Summer internships run from May – August. Exact start and end dates are based on the needs of the project and the availability of the student. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resumé to applicants@researchforaction.org with the subject of “Summer Intern Application”. In your email, please include the two projects you’d most like to work on selected from the list below.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Research for Action qualifies for work study and PHEAA. Interns may also be eligible for course credit.

 

21st Century Programs Quantitative Interns

Project Description: RFA serves as the local evaluator for twelve 21st Century providers of community youth programs and Out-of-School Time educational opportunities for students in the Philadelphia area.  As the local evaluator, RFA examines the implementation of the 21st Century programs and outcomes related to student attendance, academic achievement, and behavior.

 

Intern Role 1: One intern will mainly work on 21st Century project but will also contribute to other projects. The tasks will include collecting quantitative data for the projects, cleaning data and preparing for analysis. The interns will also work with other team members to conduct basic descriptive analysis, and create graphs, tables, and bullets to summarize and explain data and the results from analyses.

Desired Skills and Experience: Basic knowledge in statistics and education, experience using statistical software packages such as PSSA, SAS, or STATA and desire to learn STATA; proficiency in Microsoft Office Word and Excel, ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Hours: 10 – 20 per week

 

Intern Role 2: Two additional interns will manage a large database of survey information. They will work on scanning in and constructing the teacher survey database for 21C. They will also assist in data entry for student data and basic data preparation and cleaning in STATA.

Desired Skills and Experience: Applicants should be well-organized and detail oriented. Willingness to learn statistical and/or survey software is essential (Excel, Snap, STATA).

Hours: 15 – 20 per week

 

Project LIFT Project Intern

Project Description: Project L.I.F.T. (Leadership and Investment for Transformation), a philanthropic initiative funded by local community and family foundations, recognizes the achievement gap that separates thousands of minority and low-income students from their peers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). Project L.I.F.T. aspires to lift up and accelerate the school district’s efforts to improve academic outcomes for all students, with particular attention to the West Charlotte Corridor. Focusing on the West Corridor student feeder pattern consisting of 9 schools and 7,000 students, Project L.I.F.T. aims to eliminate the educational disparities through support of four key intervention approaches: Talent, Time, Technology, and Parent and Community Support. Additionally, Project L.I.F.T. will promote district and state policy that will advance educational outcomes for students to reduce the achievement gap. This program has potential to serve as a turnaround model to be used in other low-performing CMS zones, as well as other urban school districts throughout the country. As the external evaluator for this initiative, Research for Action is currently conducting a mixed-methods study that will examine implementation and report on student outcomes. The study is beginning its fourth year in September.

Intern Role: The project intern will contribute to project work in multiple ways, including assistance with qualitative data preparation, coding and preliminary data analysis. The intern may also assist in document and policy review.

Desired Skills and Experience: Experience working with qualitative data including coding and analysis; strong writing skills; experience conducting literature reviews and/or policy scans.

Hours: 10 per week

 

Gates & Lumina Foundation Outcomes-Based Funding and Evaluation of New Profit/Pathways Fund 

This intern will support two projects:

Gates & Lumina Foundation Outcomes-Based Funding: In partnership with the Gates and Lumina Foundation, RFA is conducting an analysis of the effects of outcomes-based funding models on post-secondary student outcomes.  Historically, many higher education institutions have received state funding based on how many full-time equivalent students are enrolled at the beginning of the semester. In recent years, states have shifted their funding model to increase the number of students graduated from the state’s colleges and universities – this is called outcomes-based funding.

Evaluation of New Profit/Pathways Fund: RFA was selected in 2011 to conduct a four-year evaluation of New Profit, Inc.’s role as an intermediary of the Social Innovation Fund, supporting six innovative national youth development organizations that comprise the Pathways Fund. New Profit’s mission is to help innovative social entrepreneurs and their organizations dramatically improve opportunities for children, families, and communities. Specifically, RFA will be evaluating New Profit’s engaged investor model applied in the context of federal funding and the goals of the Pathways Fund.

Intern Role: The project intern will help in:

  1. Developing coding scheme for analysis of qualitative interviews and document review based on knowledge of outcomes-based funding models.
  2. Coding and analyzing qualitative data on outcomes-based funding through ATLAS.ti, a qualitative data analysis & research software tool.
  3. Writing a Literature Review on the effects of outcomes-based funding models on student performance measures.
  4. Develop survey instrument and interview protocols for final-year evaluation of New Profit, Inc.

Desired Skills and Experience:

Strong writing skills, interest in research in education and non-profit administration

Hours: 16 – 24 per week