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. Click on the job title for a detailed description. If you have any difficulties, please contact us at HR@researchforaction.org.

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Full Time Openings

Strategic Communications Manager

March 2019

Summary:

RFA is searching for a Strategic Communications Manager. The person is responsible for strengthening and managing RFA’s brand and growing its visibility. S/he will oversee RFA’s content strategy, development, and distribution, aligning with the firm’s overall strategy. S/he will engage our team, our clients, and the education sector to identify compelling topics and themes and disseminate high-value content that meets the needs clients and the target market. The manager will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work in close collaboration with program and communications staff in carrying out the work.

RFA is a highly energetic, fast-paced organization that places a premium on responsiveness and flexibility for our clients, while maintaining the highest standards of integrity, quality, and relevance in our work. Our collaborative and fast-paced environment extends to the work of the strategic communications manager.

Job Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in communications or other relevant fields.
  • Bachelor’s degree with relevant experience also considered.
  • 5-8 years of experience developing, managing, and implementing creative communications and marketing strategies that achieve measurable results
  • Ability to develop and implement strategic communications and marketing plans in partnership with senior management and research directors in the organization.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the education and/or education policy fields
  • Demonstrated knowledge using tools and platforms including social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn), website platforms such as Google Analytics, WordPress, and Wix; email marketing programs such as Survey Monkey, Constant Contact, and MailChimp, as well as the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite desired but not necessary to promote branding.
  • Experience developing and maintaining relationships with journalists, especially in the field of education or social justice
  • Exceptional writing, editing, public speaking, storytelling, and facilitation skills, and meticulous attention to detail
  • Team player with strong leadership and interpersonal abilities
  • Highly attuned to the latest technology and trends in the communications and marketing fields
  • Exhibits a high degree of integrity and personal responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrated experience as a problem solver and thought leader
  • Strong leadership and project management skills with excellent organizational and planning background with the ability to manage multiple, often competing, projects
  • Ability to understand, collect, analyze, and evaluate marketing/communications-related data
  • Strong knowledge of website design, development and ongoing management
  • Collaborative, entrepreneurial and proactive work style
  • Self-motivated individual who can excel both individually and as a team player in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Experience at an issue-focused non-profit, research organization, university, or communications firm
  • Excellent work ethic, enthusiasm, and positive attitude

How to Apply:

Please provide your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample such as a blog post, press release, e-news release, or other appropriate communications strategy samples. Click here to apply


Quantitative Research Associate

March 2019

Summary:

RFA is searching for a Quantitative Research Associate to contribute to policy and evaluation studies in educational settings through developing research topics, proposals, budgets, research design, data analysis, and writing. The Quantitative Research Associate will lead and/or participate in a variety of team-based research projects across a range of content areas. The job title and salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the candidates.

Job Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in a relevant field such as statistics, sociology, economics, education, or public policy.
  • Quantitative research experience in educational settings.
  • Expertise with quantitative research and analytic methods including two or more of the following: multilevel modeling, power analysis, survey research, experimental design, and quasi-experimental methods (e.g., regression discontinuity, propensity score analysis, or interrupted time series).
  • Experience with, and/or strong interest in mastering, survey research (i.e., survey design, 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.
  • Experience with supervising and/or participating in data collection;
  • Demonstrated experience in interpreting quantitative data from policy and/or program perspectives
  • Experience or strong interest in supervising more junior research staff.
  • 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.
  • Research interests and experience in one or more of the following content areas:
      • Early childhood education
      • K-12 district, state policy, and federal policy
      • Postsecondary state and federal policy
      • Out-of-school programming
      • Youth development
      • Teacher quality, effectiveness, and professional development
      • Student-center schools and socio-emotional learning
  • This position may require occasional evening/weekend duties, as well as occasional travel

How to Apply:

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As an equal opportunity employer, RFA values diversity. We strive to hire and retain top talent based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. Different makes us better!

 


Internships

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Policy Research Intern

POSITION OVERVIEW:

RFA is currently seeking Policy Research Interns to join our team and to participate in supporting different policy‐oriented projects. As an Intern for RFA, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow interns and researchers to develop your skills and competencies across methodological traditions. This requisition will be used to fill multiple research internships, all provided materials will be reviewed and considered for best fit of the project need. Additional details of the position will be provided prior to an interview.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Interest in public policy
  • Some mixed analytical skills
  • Very strong attention to detail, and ability to draw meaning from complicated documents
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and ability to write in a clear and easy‐to‐understand manner for external audiences
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

How to Apply:

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Qualitative Research Intern

POSITION OVERVIEW

RFA is currently seeking Qualitative Research Interns to join our team and to participate in supporting the qualitative components of different research projects. As an Intern for RFA, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow interns and researchers to develop your skills and competencies across methodological traditions. This requisition will be used to fill multiple research internships, all provided materials will be reviewed and considered for best fit of the project need. Additional details of the position will be provided prior to an interview.

COMPETENCIES

  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Ability to draw meaning from complicated documents
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and ability to write in a clear and easy‐to‐understand manner for external audiences
  • Experience or coursework related to qualitative fieldwork and analysis preferred, but not required
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word

How to Apply:

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Quantitative Research Intern

POSITION OVERVIEW

RFA is currently seeking Quantitative Research Interns to join our team and to participate in supporting the quantitative components of different research projects. As an Intern for RFA, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow interns and researchers to develop your skills and competencies in quantitative methods. This requisition will be used to fill multiple research internships, all provided materials will be reviewed and considered for best fit of the project need. Additional details of the position will be provided prior to an interview.

COMPETENCIES

  • Proficiency in statistical software such as Stata, R, SAS, or SPSS preferred.
  • Some analytical skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Very strong attention to detail, and ability to draw meaning from complicated documents
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and ability to write in a clear and easy‐to‐understand manner for non‐technical audiences
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

How to Apply:

Click here to apply