Posting Number PG191829EP
Internal Recruitment No
Working Title Research Associate
Anticipated Hiring Range $65,000 - $72,000
Work Schedule Monday - Fri;day hours may be flexible as needed
Job Location Raleigh, NC
Department Friday Institute
About the Department
The mission of the Friday Institute is to advance education through innovation
in teaching, learning, and leadership. Bringing together educational
professionals, researchers, policy-makers, and other community members, the
Friday Institute is a center for fosteringcollaborations to improve education.
We conduct research, develop educationalresources, provide professional
development programs for educators, advocate toimprove teaching and learning,
and help inform policy-making.
The Friday Institute's Program Evaluation and Education Research (PEER) team
is a dynamic group of researchers from diverse professional backgrounds who
collaborate to provide exemplary evaluation services. We conduct evidence-
based research with a commitment to mixed research methods that employ the
most up-to-date tools and techniques. As part of the Friday Institute for
Educational Innovation, a unit of North Carolina State University's College of
Education, we capitalize on the broad resources available to members of a
highly respected university research community. We value honesty and accuracy
in our data collection, analysis, and reporting, and we conduct research with
integrity. Through our collective professional and personal experiences, we
have gained a deep respect for the hard work of educators at all levels, and
we have developed a unique and comprehensive understanding of innovations in
K-12 public education in North Carolina and nationally. Our strong working
relationships with national, state, and local education leaders, stakeholders,
and policymakers position us to contribute to effective, data-driven decision-
making for the continuous improvement of teaching and learning.
Essential Job Duties
The Friday Institute welcome applications for the position of Research
Associate (RA) to assist with work on several projects for the Program
Evaluation and Education Research (PEER) Group to evaluate the
implementation and impact of educational initiatives focused on innovation,
equity, and capacity building.
This individual will contribute to the research and evaluation planning
process and day-to-day operations of evaluation projects. The RA will serve as
a contact between school personnel, project team members, graduate assistants,
and the faculty members. The RA will be responsible for collecting, inputting,
editing, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, as well as creating
and managing databases and online surveys. This person will conduct site
visits, classroom observations, focus groups, interviews.
In addition, the RA will contribute reports for the LEAs and schools
participating in the study, the funding agencies, and interested educators,
researchers, and policymakers. The RA will be responsible for preparing papers
for publication and presentation at professional meetings and will contribute
to proposals for additional evaluation projects.
While a research associate is expected to contribute in many ways to PEER
group projects, typical responsibilities include:
Conduct literature reviews
Collect, manage, clean, and organize datasets
Prepare interview questions
Recruit and/or interview subjects
Maintain accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality
of subjects, as necessary
Perform qualitative coding and analyses using qualitative data analysis
Design and administer online surveys and prepare online survey reports
Provide descriptive statistics and charts/graphs for quantitative data
Request or acquire equipment or supplies necessary for the project
Manage and respond to project related email
Attend project meeting
Summarize project results
Prepare reports for funders and research partners
Prepare other articles, reports, and presentations
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree, or relevant Bachelor's degree plus 3 or
more years of independent research experience. May require terminal degree and
Other Required Qualifications
Understanding of mixed-method research approaches
Willingness to take initiative and learn new skills
Ability to work with a team toward a common goal
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
Strong writing and oral presentation skills
Ability to communicate effectively to academic and practitioner audiences
Skilled in planning, organization, coordination of research activities
Strong desire to learn new skills and be adaptable
Skill in both verbal and written communication
Skilled in the use of personal computer and related software applications
(i.e. MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Google Apps for Education)
Teaching, research and/or evaluation experience in K-12 educational
Technical Proficiency in one or more of the following software
applications (or equivalent):
Tableau (Data Visualization & Dashboards)
Qualtrics (Survey Software)
Atlas.ti or NVivo(Qualitative Data Analysis)
R or Stata(Statistical Analysis & Data Cleaning)
Required License(s) or Certification(s)
Valid NC Driver's License required No
Commercial Driver's License required No
Recruitment Dates and Special Instructions
Job Open Date 06/22/2022
Anticipated Close Date Open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter, CV, and the contact information for at least
three (3) professional references.
Position Number 00109406
Position Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.0
Appointment 12 Month Recurring
Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather
Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Non Mandatory - Emergency Event
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Department ID 139001 - Friday Institute
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regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age,
sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a
disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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