Employment

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.

Policy Analyst

Summary:

Research for Action is seeking a Policy Analyst to examine and distill developments in both K-12 and postsecondary education at the Philadelphia, state, and national levels. The Policy Analyst will participate in a variety of team-based research projects across a range of content areas and disciplines. In addition to policy research, the Policy Analyst will work on a variety of projects to extend the impact of RFA’s research through engagement with education beat journalists, policymakers, and partner organizations.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will have significant experience with policy research and analysis at the state or federal level, including the ability to conceive and develop projects, and to partner with traditional qualitative and quantitative research staff to ensure comprehensive investigation of complex, large scale reforms and initiatives.  Specific expected competencies include:

  • Analyze publicly-available education datasets at the city, state, and national levels.
  • Track state and federal policy developments, and draw from existing academic research to provide policy analysis in a variety of forms (policy briefs, legislative testimony, commentaries).
  • Engage in various stages of the research process, including literature reviews, site visits and other field work, and supporting mixed-methods research teams.
  • Utilize a variety of channels – including social media, policy forums, and interviews with education journalists – to broaden the reach of RFA’s work.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • 3-5 years of experience in an education policy or research setting;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with qualitative, quantitative, and administrative staff; and
  • Interest in one or more of RFA’s core research areas: urban school reform, performance-based accountability, out-of-school programming, youth development and early literacy, teacher quality and effectiveness, college access and success, education needs of vulnerable youth (e.g., youth in foster care and/or juvenile justice system).

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

Transcribers

 

Summary:

Research for Action (RFA) is seeking independent contractors to contribute to the qualitative research component of mixed-methods research projects. Applicants must have prior experience transcribing interviews, focus groups, meetings, and/or other forms of audio-recorded data. RFA is seeking individuals who can transcribe one hour of a standard one-on-one interview in 2-3 hours. Compensation will be based on prior experience and speed.

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.

Quantitative Senior Research Associate or Research Associate

 

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.

 

Interns

Fall internships run from September – December. Exact start and end dates are based on the needs of the project and the availability of the student. Please check our website in early August for Fall opportunities.

Research for Action qualifies for work study and PHEAA. Interns may also be eligible for course credit.