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.

Make sure to check back frequently for new opportunities.


Full Time Openings

 

Web & Graphic Designer

Research for Action (RFA) is searching for a multimedia specialist to fill its Web & Graphic Designer position. The person in this position will play a lead role in rebranding and developing RFA’s website and online presence, and will lead the production of research deliverables, including report design and data presentation and visualization.

Click here to apply.

 


Research Internships


21st Century Community Learning Center Internship

Project Description: RFA serves as the local evaluator for over a dozen 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) providers of community youth programs and Out-of-School Time educational opportunities for students in the Philadelphia area.  As the local evaluator, RFA produces mixed-methods reports that examine the implementation of the 21st Century programs and outcomes related to student attendance, academic achievement, and behavior.

Intern Role: Interns on this project will engage in qualitative fieldwork and analysis. Duties may also include data cleaning using the statistical software, Stata. Training in Stata is provided.

Skill Set and Experience: The ideal candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, and have strong writing skills. Experience or coursework related to qualitative fieldwork and analysis preferred, but not required. Stata experience is preferred, but not required. Availability in the afternoons at least one day per week preferred.

Hours Per Week: 10-15 hours per week

Hourly Rate: $7.50

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

Children’s Literacy Internship

Project Description: RFA is in its third and final year of conducting an evaluation of the Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) Blueprint for Early Literacy. As part of this intervention, CLI provides teachers with a pre-kindergarten curriculum supplement as well as professional development training and content-focused coaching to educators. RFA’s objective is to evaluate the impact of CLI’s Blueprint for Early Literacy on pre-k achievement as well as on teacher knowledge and quality of instruction. It is a mixed-methods, quasi-experimental evaluation, conducted in two groups of early childhood education centers in Philadelphia: One is receiving the treatment and the other serves as the matched comparison group. In addition, the intern may contribute to other evaluation projects related to early literacy programs and interventions.

Intern Role: The intern will mostly perform quantitative and administrative tasks and might also have the opportunity to support qualitative work. The quantitative work will mostly be data entry and conducting data quality checks. The intern may also program surveys in Qualtrics, clean data, check code, and perform descriptive analyses in Stata. Administrative tasks include supporting project management and database management. Qualitative tasks include literature review and assisting in interviews and drafting memos. The intern may 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 and thorough; flexible; a commitment to and enthusiasm for acquiring new skills quickly.

Hours Per Week: 10-15 hours per week

Hourly Rate: $7.50

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

Policy Internship

Project Description: The Spring Policy/Legal intern will support RFA’s policy-oriented projects. This will include, but not be limited to the following: (1) The Pennsylvania Clearinghouse for Education Research: The Pennsylvania Clearinghouse for Education Research–or PACER–is designed to inform state education policy discussions through rigorous, objective research; regular policy briefs; and research-based commentaries in leading media outlets statewide. (2) Keystone Crossroads collaboration: In collaboration with WHYY, RFA provides research support on four school finance-related topics for the Keystone Crossroads series, which focuses on issues that affect communities across Pennsylvania. (3) Additional policy analysis, research, and writing as needed.

Intern Role: Intern will support these projects through policy analysis and research.

Skill Set and Experience: Interest in public policy, some analytic experience is required.

Hours Per Week: 15-20 hours per week

Hourly Rate: $7.50

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

Postsecondary Education Research Internship

Project Description: RFA is tasked to conduct research on several state-level higher education policies that focus on college access, student achievement gaps, and an institutional funding formula and its effects on student outcomes. RFA’s research uses mixed methods that incorporate qualitative interview, policy synthesis, state longitudinal data system (SLDS) and other postsecondary data, e.g. IPEDS, which allow us to provide a comprehensive and more nuanced evaluation of the policy than previous research. Results of this research will inform current policy debates as well as state-level decisions regarding the design and implementation of these policies.

Intern Role: 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 hours per week

Hourly Rate: $7.50

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


Administrative Internships


Finance Support Internship

Project Description: An intern supporting the Finance Department will help with the development and implementation of policies and practices for financial management, budget control, accounting etc. The intern will have a chance to gain hands-on experience by working under supervision of a Comptroller & CFO. The intern will be able to understand and follow financial trends and apply their theoretical knowledge of financial laws and government policies on day-to-day basis.

Intern Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Follow the accounting and auditing processes.
  • Collect, understand, process, verify and report accounting related-information.
  • Conduct research on various financial information and create finance policies and procedures.
  • Provide professional, analytical and management support in the preparation of monthly or weekly financial reports.
  • Develop and utilize spreadsheets and other computer software and programs.
  • Manage specialized information, reports, billing, tracking of projects and other finance-related information.
  • Prepare information and enter it into the financial accounting system.
  • Perform other financial tasks as assigned.

Skill Set and Experience: Expertise in numbers and excellent math skills are required; knowledge of the basic principles and processes of accounting and financial analysis; ability to collect, evaluate and interpret data, in both statistical and narrative form; capability to prepare files and maintain records, and documentation; other skills required are related to problem solving, entering and verifying data, knowledge of computers, various software applications and standard office equipment.

Hours Per Week: 15 hours per week

Hourly Rate: $7.50

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

Human Resources Internship

Intern Role and General Responsibilities: 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Supports recruitment efforts, filter incoming resumes; may update and maintain resume database.
  • Assist in scheduling interviews and phone screens for the hiring manager.
  • May coordinate and/or participate in various recruiting events, job fairs etc.
  • Assist with reference checking, screening tests and background investigations of applicants and the new hire process.
  • Prepare information packets for new hires, terms, team meetings etc. and assist with new employee orientations and exit interview process.
  • Maintain standardized process for all HR materials and paperwork.
  • May assist in preparing payroll for processing.
  • May assist in the maintenance of personnel files, Human Resource Information System records and compile reports from various databases as directed.
  • May assist in benefits administration.
  • Assist in administering various human resources programs for all company employees, such as company events or initiatives.
  • Prepare reports and materials for the department as needed.
  • Requires regular attendance to report to work per assigned work schedule.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Skill Set and Experience: General knowledge of HR laws, systems, and compliance

Hours Per Week: 20 hours per week

Hourly Rate: $7.50

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

IT Support Internship

Project Description: The role of technology within RFA is to ensure the efficiency, reliability, and success of the technology solutions offered to the research and administrative staff.

Intern Role: 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.

Intern Tasks:

  • Troubleshoot hardware and software issues
  • Configuration of software packages
  • Setup and configuration of new computers or rebuilding older computers
  • Assisting staff with utilizing various office technologies
  • Troubleshooting, maintenance, and set up of printers
  • Creating and maintaining documentation and asset databases
  • Support of conference room AV technology
  • Assist with network and server maintenance, monitoring, and development

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

Hourly Rate: $7.50

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