Job: Policy Research

Job Posting: The American Institutes for Research

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leading behavioral and social science research organization. We are a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects from early childhood development to adult education. AIR prides itself in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for significant federal, state, and private organizations. Our vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people.

We are seeking a Senior College and Career Readiness Specialist with a thorough grasp of research, policy, and practice in career and technical education. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated capacity to work in collaboration with federal, state, and local policymakers; K-12 schools and higher education institutions; workforce, business, and industry partners; and firms or associations that are committed to innovative and high quality career pathways programs. We’re open to candidates working from one of our offices in either Washington, DC, Waltham, MA, Chicago, IL, or San Mateo, CA.


The ideal candidate will have a national reputation and demonstrated expertise in research as well as some combination of experience in developing policies and delivering technical assistance in career and technical education and other college and career readiness focus areas (e.g., secondary to post secondary pathways and transitions, re engagement, dropout prevention).

1. Lead large projects and direct project teams dedicated to helping states, districts, and schools to be highly effective in increasing students’ preparedness to succeed in careers and postsecondary training and education
2. Design and facilitate technical assistance related to improving career and technical education and college and career readiness
3. Develop publications, resources, and materials for various educational stakeholders, including state education departments, school districts, schools, and teachers
4. Draw upon and contribute to research on CTE and other college and career pathways, using it to inform policies and practices. Bring evidence of best practice and field-based problems to bear upon research, practice, and policy deliberations.
5. Lead efforts to develop new CTE and college and career readiness and success work, including grant writing

1. PhD/EdD degree in Education, Public Policy or related field preferred, but will consider MA degree with at least 7 years experience
2. Preferred experience in designing, writing, and facilitating the use of research-based materials and resources for states, districts and schools promoting readiness and success in college and careers
3. Experience working in or with schools, districts, or colleges serving diverse student populations, including students at risk of not being ready for careers and postsecondary education
4. Ability to work with a variety of educational stakeholders and audiences at the district and state levels
5. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage large projects and teams, including ability to provide guidance and feedback to staff
6. Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presenting to and facilitating various-sized groups
7. Strong training and experience in descriptive statistics, data presentation, and research design
8. Availability to travel up to 25% time locally and nationally*LI-KS1

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