Employment

Do you want to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, collaborative environment? Do you want your research to make a difference? 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. If you have any difficulties, please contact us at HR@researchforaction.org.

Make sure to check back frequently for new opportunities.


Qualitative Research Analyst

Research for Action (RFA) is seeking a full-time Qualitative Researcher at the Analyst level to contribute to policy and evaluation studies in educational settings through research, data analysis, and writing.  The Analyst will participate in a variety of team-based research projects across a range of content areas. Salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. Click here to apply.


Quantitative Research Assistant

Research for Action (RFA) is seeking a Quantitative Research Assistant to contribute to education policy and evaluation studies through quantitative data collection, cleaning, analysis, and the writing of clear internal analytic memos. The Research Assistant will have potential to support multiple research projects on emerging education issues through strong collaboration, time management skills, and a commitment to accuracy and transparency in their work. This position is an opportunity to gain content knowledge and practical quantitative analytic skills in timely, action-oriented education research. Salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Click here to apply. Once you have applied, send a copy of a writing sample to HR@researchforaction.org.


Internships

Intern, Children’s Literacy

The intern will perform a variety of administrative, quantitative, and qualitative tasks. The most pressing administrative task will be data entry and database management. Depending on the intern’s skills and interests, quantitative work may include cleaning and analyzing data in Stata, checking code, and conducting data quality checks. Qualitative tasks may include literature review. The intern will assist with other research and administrative tasks as needed.

Skill Set and Experience

Desired skills include interest in early literacy and/or quasi-experimental studies; experience using a statistical software and excel; highly detail-oriented; flexible; a commitment to acquiring new skills quickly

Hours Per Week

10-15 hours per week

 

Click here to apply. Please include a resume and cover letter with application.


Intern, Human Resources

The Human Resources Intern will provide administrative support to the Human Resources department and the organization. S/he must possess the ability to multi-task, review and audit records, and maintain the utmost confidentiality and integrity.

Skill Set and Experience

General knowledge of HR laws, systems, and compliance

Hours Per Week

20 hours per week

 

Click here to apply. Please include a resume and cover letter with application.


Intern, Policy/Legal

Intern role will be to conduct literature reviews and policy, and media scans; possible help with qualitative interviews; other research tasks as Intern role will be to conduct literature reviews and policy, and media scans; possible help with qualitative interviews; other research tasks as assigned.

Skill Set and Experience

Minimum completed bachelors, preference for masters’ level students, law students also encouraged to apply; candidates should demonstrate interest in education policy

Hours Per Week

20 hours per week

 

Click here to apply. Please include a resume and cover letter with application.


Intern, IT Support

The intern will assist the IT Manager in the support and implementation of technology within RFA. The intern will have an opportunity to be exposed to a variety of technologies and have the opportunity to support, troubleshoot, and maintain RFA technology solutions.

Skill Set and Experience

Knowledge and understanding (hands-on experience not necessary) of enterprise technology solutions such as Active Directory and Group Policy, Exchange, File/Print Servers, Basic Networking, and Cloud Hosted Software.  Strong communication skills, Experience utilizing Microsoft Office products at an advanced level, Hands-on or virtual lab experience with Server and/or Network administration a plus.

Hours Per Week

20 hours per week

 

Click here to apply. Please include a resume and cover letter with application.


Intern, Postsecondary Qualitative

The intern will provide a variety of qualitative and administrative tasks. The qualitative work will involve conducting literature reviews of relevant identified literature within higher education literature, as well as coding interviews with policymakers and practitioners, and drafting analytic memos to convey results. There may also be the opportunity for the intern to participate in policymaker phone interviewers as available. Administrative tasks will consist of supporting project management, data management, records management, and other assignments (i.e. scheduling) as needed.

Skill Set and Experience
  • Candidates should have strong critical thinking and analytical skills, and an expressed interest (and experience with) higher education policy,
  • Attention to detail, timeliness, ability to work in mixed-methods research, flexibility, and strong organizational skills will be essential for this role;
  • Strong candidates will have research or higher education experience and familiarity with the higher education landscape, be self-starters, have experience conducting qualitative interviews, and some experience with state-level legislation.
Hours Per Week

15 hours per week

 

Click here to apply. Please include a resume and cover letter with application.


Intern, Postsecondary Educational Policy Research

Using Stata to clean, verify, and perform descriptive analyses on large datasets. Create tables and graphs for reports and internal memos. May also be asked to help out with qualitative tasks, such as conducting literature reviews.

Skill Set and Experience

Proficiency in Stata, SAS, or R; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; detail-oriented and organized; ability to work independently and as part of a team. Applicants should be interested in education policy or social science.

Hours Per Week

15-20 hours per week

 

Click here to apply. Please include a resume and cover letter with application.


Intern, Afterschool Youth Arts Initiative

Intern will support qualitative and quantitative analyses as needed. Qualitative work might include drafting and/or reviewing internal qualitative analytic memos, conducting document review, and composing review summaries. Quantitative work might include database management, data cleaning, survey design, and some data analysis. Interns will also support administrative and logistical tasks related to data collection and project management.

Skill Set and Experience

Strong writing and organization skills required; required ability to balance multiple tasks and projects; experience with qualitative data analysis preferred but not required; some experience with quantitative data cleaning and basic data analysis a plus; some experience with surveys is preferred; preferred content knowledge of or experience with out-of-school time or arts programming.

Hours Per Week

10 hours per week

 

Click here to apply. Please include a resume and cover letter with application.