Full-time

US Division

Office: New York

Not disclosed

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)

Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.

 

EDC is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

 

The Center for Children and Technology in EDC’s US Division has an opening for a Research Associate (II), reporting to the Project Director, in the New York office.  

EDC’s New York Office (Center for Children and Technology) is seeking a full time researcher to support two projects that explore and support the role of literacy in children’s lives.  One project investigates the learning connections between early literacy skills and computational thinking, and the other through supporting engagement with informational text in the context of public media resources.  The position is ideal for an individual with both research expertise and practitioner experience, as well as an interest in exploring the role of technology and media to support learning and literacy. Experience working with children and proficiency in Spanish is preferred, and experienced with mixed methods or qualitative research is also preferred.

The Center for Children and Technology (CCT) is a research and development center within EDC’s technology portfolio and is based in New York City.  CCT conducts basic, applied, causal and formative research, working in collaboration with educational, corporate, government and research institutions. CCT also designs and develops prototype software and instructional resources that support engaged, active learning.

                                                                                                 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures. 

The Research Associate (II) independently provides support to complex or multiple qualitative &/or quantitative investigation efforts, including:

• research & analysis, with increasing methodology expertise and independent judgment

• documenting & cataloguing

• maintaining records

• preparing recommendations

• drafting, revising plans

• writing, editing materials

• developing presentations

• disseminating information

•  contributing to multiple aspects of design of research studies through

•  regular communication with development partners

•  review of current literature on study design and assessment approaches and instruments

•  collaboration with research partners to design and implement research studies

• independently drafting proposals or sections of proposals; coordinating proposal development

• assisting Principal Investigator with achieving key deliverables

• performing, coordinating, and supervising fieldwork

• providing expertise and advisement regarding literacy assessments, instructional strategies and related content

 

The Research Associate (II)

• Coordinates administrative and logistical tasks

• Coordinates quality assurance

• Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges

• Troubleshoots complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions

• Trains, supervises, and provides guidance or administrative direction to less experienced staff

• May be responsible for leading components of diverse, small to mid-size  projects, or coordinating sections of larger projects

• Will be required to travel

 

QUALIFICATIONS

This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements: 

• Bachelor’s degree required

• Master’s degree or PhD in a related field strongly preferred

• With Bachelor’s degree, 7–10 years related research, education, public health or administrative coordination, requiring solid experience with computer applications (including databases), psychometric or statistical measurement techniques, and Internet research

• With Master’s degree, 5–8 years related experience (as above)

• Post-Doc experience in a related field preferred

• Prior experience working with young children preferred

• With PhD, 0–3 years related experience (as above)

• 1–3 years prior project leadership or supervisory experience preferred

• Proficiency in Spanish preferred

 

 

CONTACT

No phone calls, please

 

Posted:  10/5/18

 

EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.