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Job Opportunity: Graduate Research Assistant

ExpandED Schools is a leading afterschool organization that advances educational equity for students from under-served communities across New York City. Founded in 1998 with a catalytic $125M grant from the Open Society Foundations, ExpandED designed the nation’s first city-wide, publicly-funded system for afterschool programming. Today, through advocacy, research, and program development, ExpandED continues to build the capacity of the NYC afterschool field to address the educational inequities that prevent far too many students from reaching their full potential. 

Now more than ever, under-served students need access to innovative, engaging ways of learning to help them deal with the trauma of the pandemic and racial injustice and make up for lost learning time due to the public health crisis. In the face of remote learning and cuts to city and state budgets, ExpandED is designing online programming, organizing and uniting partners across the afterschool field, and leading the fight for urgently-needed public funding to ensure kids from communities most affected by COVID-19 will continue to have access to a robust public education, whether in-person or remotely.

Purpose of the Position: ExpandED Schools’ Research Department is seeking a part-time Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) to support its evaluation efforts in the winter and spring of 2022.  The Research Department conducts external evaluations of a large number of federally funded afterschool programs as well as internal evaluations of specific literacy and STEM initiatives. The Research Department also engages in research projects with nonprofit partners to best serve the needs of the NYC K-12 field. Using research-based tools and methods, we undertake a systematic process to regularly monitor quality and program results. We are seeking GRAs to assist in qualitative data collection and analysis and to assist with other research tasks as needed. 

This is a part-time, temporary position (15-20 hours per week) running through June 30, 2022 with the possibility to extend through September 30, 2022.

Duties & Responsibilities: The GRA will support Research Team projects and tasks as needed, primarily focused on external evaluations of NYC K-12 out-of-school time (OST) initiatives. These include: 

  • Conducting focus groups and interviews with both youth and adults. 
  • Coding focus group and interview transcripts using thematic analysis techniques. 
  • Other data and research tasks as needed, to be determined in collaboration with the Director of Research, with consideration for GRA preference. 

Qualifications: GRAs are expected to:

  • Be dependable and organized, with excellent time management skills.
  • Have strong communication and writing skills.
  • Have previous qualitative data analysis or coursework in qualitative methods. 
  • Be professional at all times through quality of work, punctuality, attendance, and attitude.
  • Display the initiative and ability to learn knowledge of the field.
  • Experience with NVivo preferred but not required.  
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus. 

This is a part-time position that offers some scheduling flexibility. GRAs must be available at least 5 hours per week during work hours (9am – 5pm EST) to attend meetings and/or conduct focus groups and interviews. The remaining 10-15 hours per week can be completed outside of regular work hours. 

Location: ExpandED’s current reopening policy offers significant remote flexibility. 

Compensation: GRAs are paid at a rate of $25 per hour. This GRA role will include 15-20 hours per week through June 30, 2022 with the possibility to extend through September 30, 2022. Research or training tasks will be determined in collaboration with the Program Director, Data Strategy and Director of Research.  


ExpandED Schools believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students.  

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: employment@expandedschools.org, Subject: Graduate Research Assistant. No faxes or phone calls, please. ExpandED Schools will only contact candidates selected for an interview.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.