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Job Opportunity: Temporary Senior Researcher

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.

Opportunity

ExpandED is looking for a Temporary Senior Researcher, who will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of  2-3 research and evaluation projects designed to drive policy and practice that improves the quality of learning experiences for children in New York City and advances educational equity. 

This is a part-time, temporary position (20-30 hours per week) running through June 30, 2022 with the possibility to extend through September 30, 2022. All candidates must be able to commit to the role through June 30, 2022. ExpandED’s current reopening policy offers significant remote flexibility and hours are somewhat flexible, though candidates are expected to be available for meetings during traditional business hours (9am-5pm EST).

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Implement mixed-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 2-3 projects concurrently.
  • Develop, test, and use data collection tools and protocols (survey instruments, interview guides and observation protocols).
  • Conduct quantitative data analyses
  • 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 policymakers, practitioners, and education researchers through written reports and oral presentations in meetings 
  • Manage relationships with clients, including progress toward goals, making sense of research findings, and developing steps for improvement

Required Qualifications

  • Strong, demonstrable project management skills
  • Experience in social sciences or education (Master’s degree preferred, but experience will be evaluated for a similar level of knowledge and skills). 
  • Experience evaluating programs in the fields of youth development, after-school, and/or education
  • 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 
  • Experience with the New York City Department of Youth Development (DYCD) and/or Department of Education (DOE), or comparable large urban districts, a plus

Salary: Hourly wage is commensurate with experience, estimate $50 - $60 per hour 

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

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 Researcher.  No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer