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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

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Full Time Openings

Higher Education Policy Researcher

Research for Action (RFA) is seeking a full-time higher education policy researcher to contribute to RFA’s substantial body of research and evaluation work focused on state policies and programs designed to advance equity in college access and success in both the two-year and four-year sectors. Our current portfolio of mixed-methods research studies spans topics including college pipeline programs based in K-12; academic coaching and mentoring programs for community college students; statewide and local College Promise (i.e. free college) campaigns; state higher education funding formulas; developmental education reforms; initiatives for engaging adult learners; policies for credentialing experiential learning; and efforts for closing racial attainment gaps in higher education.

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Research for Action (RFA) is seeking an experienced, full-time qualitative researcher to contribute to RFA’s substantial body of research and evaluation work, which spans topics including K-12 education, out-of-school time programming, literacy, and educational initiatives aimed at closing racial attainment gaps in public education. Salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

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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. This position is an opportunity to gain content knowledge and practical quantitative analytic skills applied to timely, action-oriented education research. The Research Assistant will have potential to support multiple research projects on emerging Pre-K, K-12, postsecondary education, out-of-school time and juvenile justice issues, through strong collaboration and time management skills, and a commitment to accuracy and transparency in their work.

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