job: Research Assistant – The American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Job description


The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading social science research organizations in the world, specializing in public policy research, evaluation and application. Our mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation towards improving peoples’ lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged. Our vision is to be the preeminent organization domestically and internationally that: produces improvements in education, health, and the workforce; addresses the needs of individuals, organizations, and communities; designs and advances statistical and research methods; causes practitioners and organizations to adopt evidence-based practices; and informs public understanding and policy making with the best evidence.

We are currently seeking a Research Assistant to join our team in Washington, D.C.


You will support a range of research projects related to K-12 or higher education, which will include using either quantitative or qualitative methods. You may assist in data collection and documentation, enter and verify accuracy of data, collect web-based extant policy data, produce basic analyses, develop presentations for professional audiences, review and write reports and correspondence, revise manuscripts in response to editorial and technical comments, and support implementation of education-related applied research or technical assistance projects. Some data collection activities may include interviews and focus groups, and may require some domestic travel.


Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts field, education, or public policy is required.
Research experience desirable
Strong organizational skills, clear writing, attention to detail, thorough, self-starter.
Ability to travel occasionally

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