Research Associate

North Carolina State University

United States

July 24, 2022


Posting Details

Posting Information

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 software
  • 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
  • Other Responsibilities

    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 licensure.

    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)
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching, research and/or evaluation experience in K-12 educational settings.
  • 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 Details

    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 AA/EEO

    NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without 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.

    If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

    Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

    NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • How did you learn of this opportunity?
  • NCSU Website
  • Job Alert (automated email from our system)
  • NCSU Executive Search Services
  • Other Online Job Board
  • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
  • Job / Career Fair
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Professional Journal
  • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
  • Radio / Television Advertisement
  • Professional Organization
  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
  • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
  • NCSU Employee Referral
  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
  • Other
  • If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Please describe your experience in education policy.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Please describe your experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • (Open Ended Question)

    Application Materials Required

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Contact Information for References
  • Optional Documents

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