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Job Opportunity: Senior Research Associate

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.

ExpandED is looking for a Senior Research Associate, who will be responsible for managing a portfolio of research and evaluation projects to drive policy and practice that improves the quality of learning experiences for children in New York City. Reporting to the Director of Research, the Senior Research Associate plays a key role in managing and implementing both internal and external evaluation projects, leading the development and implementation of field research activities and translating evaluation findings into useful practitioner-focused information and recommendations. The Senior Research Associate works collaboratively with the research team and practitioners to advance educational equity. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement multi-method research designs and identify analyses to answer targeted programmatic and policy questions; proactively ensure that all data collection tools align to research questions.
  • Manage all data collection activities for multiple external evaluations concurrently.
  • Develop, test, and use data collection tools and protocols (survey instruments, interview guides and observation protocols).
  • Manage relationships with evaluation clients, internally and externally, including progress toward goals, making sense of research findings, and developing steps for improvement
  • Assist in the submission of Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and take responsibility for ensuring that all evaluations are conducted according to appropriate human subject’s regulations.
  • Conduct interviews and site visits/observations with city and organization leaders, program administrators, program staff, youth participants, and other key stakeholders.
  • Analyze, write, and disseminate evaluation results in a variety of formats to funders, policymakers, practitioners, and education researchers through written reports and oral presentations in meetings and at conferences
  • Contribute ideas for new projects based on finding from prior evaluations.
  • Conduct quantitative data analyses, as needed.
  • Supervise staff and manage cross-departmental project teams, as appropriate

Required Qualifications

  • Passion for research and connections to policy and practice.
  • Deep commitment to ExpandED Schools’ vision of an equitable public education system that prepares young people for long-term success in the 21st century economy.
  • Experience in social sciences or education (Master’s degree preferred, but experience will be evaluated for a similar level of knowledge and skills). 
  • Experience and interest in evaluating programs in the fields of youth development, after-school and/or education, including meeting administrative requirements.
  • Knowledge of field research, qualitative and quantitative research techniques.
  • Strong working knowledge of SPSS or other statistical package, advanced Excel skills (pivot tables, vlookup), and data visualization tools such as Tableau.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and meet multiple, fast-paced deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to appeal to a variety of audiences (lay, practitioner experts, and scientific/academic audiences).
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to conduct research in diverse communities and the ability to relate to program staff.

Our office is currently fully remote. When New York City is fully reopened, the position will require regular use of public transportation and visits to school buildings that may require climbing stairs. This position may also include some domestic travel approximately twice a year once it is safe to do so.

Salary: Salary is in a range starting at $57,000 based on minimum qualifications


ExpandED Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.  Our benefits package includes:

  • Full-time and eligible part-time employees receive medical, dental and vision plans for employees and dependents, largely subsidized by ExpandED Schools
  • Health, dependent care and transit pre-tax accounts
  • Employer-paid life insurance and supplemental disability coverage
  • A generous paid time off package which includes 24 vacation days, 8 sick days, and 12 paid holidays (prorated for part-time staff)
  • 403b retirement plan with eligibility for employer contribution of 5% of annual compensation after one year of employment (no match requirement)
  • Commitment to work-life balance
  • Partial tuition reimbursement offered to employees after six months of service
  • Professional development opportunities, including funds to participate in external training and coaching opportunities 

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 candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: employment@expandedschools.org, Subject: Senior Research Associate.  No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer