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

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Allegheny County Education Research (ACER Project) – Policy Research Fellow

RFA is searching for a Policy Research Fellow to assist with our new Allegheny County Education Research project (ACER).  ACER was conceived as a localized version of RFA’s Pennsylvania Clearinghouse for Education Research project (PACER), which is designed to inform state education policy discussions through rigorous, objective research; regular policy briefs; and research-based commentaries in leading media outlets statewide. While the new ACER project focuses on Pittsburgh and Allegheny County schools, the work is also expected to have statewide implications and impact.

The Policy Research Fellow will help RFA’s research team ensure that ACER examines the most important education issues facing Allegheny County in a way that is nuanced and reflective of local context. The individual should be committed to improving access to high-quality education in the area, particularly to students who are traditionally underserved, hold deep expertise in Allegheny County education policy and practice, and have strong connections to public education stakeholders in the Pittsburgh area.

This Research Fellowship is a two-year full-time position, with the possibility of extending into additional years, pending availability of funding. The position involves travel to Philadelphia and/or Harrisburg approximately 4-5 times a year.

Job Qualifications:

  • Pittsburgh-based (preferred).
  • Experience tracking Pittsburgh and Allegheny County education policy developments and familiarity with education policymakers and practitioners in the area.
  • Experience with the various stages of mixed-methods research and with providing policy analysis in a variety of forms (policy briefs, legislative testimony, commentaries)
  • Familiarity with publicly-available education datasets at the city, state, and national levels and general knowledge of the policymaking process and the existing legal framework of public education mandates.
  • 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.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with academic, policy, and practitioner audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to eliminating inequity and improving public education.

How to Apply:

Please provide one PDF document, including your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample. Click here to apply.

Human Resources Manager

Position Overview:

RFA is searching for a Human Resources Manager, who can hit the ground running and quickly integrate into RFA’s operations and engage with staff. The manager is responsible for strengthening and managing RFA’s Human Resources Department and capacity. S/he will manage all functions of HR, to include payroll and benefits administration, as well as the administrative functions of the intern committee. The manager will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work in close collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer and other administrative staff.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in human resources or related field. Equivalent education and experience considered.
  • 3-7 years of Human Resources experience; specifically, in the areas of full-lifecycle recruiting and employee relations.
  • Holds broad knowledge of federal, state, and local employment laws, recruiting, compensation, organizational planning, employee relations, and training and development.
  • Always maintains strict confidentiality of all personnel and Human Resources issues.
  • Possesses unquestioned personal integrity and reliability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a 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
  • Excellent work ethic, enthusiasm, and positive attitude

How to Apply:

Please provide your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample such as a policy. Click here to apply.

Administrative Operations Assistant (Part-Time to Full-Time)

Position Overview:

RFA is searching for an Administrative Operations Assistant, who can hit the ground running and quickly integrate into RFA’s operations and assist the administrative team. The assistant provides business administrative support to ensure office processes run smoothly. S/he is the first point of contact for all guests, maintains vendor relationships, and is responsible for facilities management. Performs other duties as assigned by the Administrative Manager.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in business administration or related field. Equivalent education and experience considered.
  • 1-3 years’ clerical, office administration, or similar experience.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, specifically working in Outlook, Excel and Word
  • Experience working with financial systems a plus
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize competing tasks
  • Superb communication skills, both in person and email

How to Apply:

Please provide your resume, cover letter, and three references. Click here to apply

Internships

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Policy Research Intern (ACER Project)

Position Overview:

RFA is currently seeking an Alleghany County Education Research (ACER) Intern, to join our Policy team and to conduct background research, policy scans, and other assigned research responsibilities. 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.

Skill Set and Experience:

Policy research experience; experience with policy writing or quantitative analysis is a plus.

How to Apply:

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Research Intern (Detroit Wolf Trap Project)

Position Overview:

RFA is currently seeking a Research Intern to join our team to participate in supporting the Detroit Wolf Trap team members in data entry, data request support, interview support, and survey programming using Qualtrics. 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.

Skill Set and Experience:

Attention to detail, good communication skills, Qualtrics, Stata (a plus, but not required).

How to Apply:

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Qualitative Research Intern (21C Project)

Position Overview:

RFA is currently seeking two 21C Interns to join our Qualitative team, to participate in supporting the 21st CCLC qualitative team members in observations, interviews, and focus groups with OST providers offering programming across the city of Philadelphia. 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.

Skill Set and Experience:

The intern for this project must be organized, curious, detail-oriented, and have strong writing skills. We are seeking a candidate that possesses experience or coursework related to qualitative research, fieldwork, and analysis is preferred but not required.

How to Apply:

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Qualitative Research Intern (Wallace BGCA Project)

Position Overview:

RFA is currently seeking a Wallace BGCA YAI Research Intern to join our Qualitative team and to participate in supporting a multi-year mixed-methods study. The qualitative intern will support qualitative data management and qualitative analysis tasks.

Skill Set and Experience:

Prior coursework in qualitative research, particularly at the graduate level, desired. Prior experience in qualitative research (e.g., coding interview and/or focus group data; determining themes; writing analytic memos) strongly preferred.

How to Apply:

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IT Support Intern

Position Overview:

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.

How to Apply:

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