Research Associate - Education

Employer
Westat
Location
Rockville , MD
Posted
May 17, 2022
Closes
Jun 24, 2022
Function
Analyst, Research
Industry
Research
Hours
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.
 

Job Summary:
Westat is seeking a research associate to work as a member of a team that trains and supports staff in state and local education agencies to implement a national assessment of students. You will be joining a team of education and measurement researchers, educators, survey methodologists, and data and evaluation specialists to develop and implement a training and support program for adult learners in all aspects of a large-scale national assessment.  

This position supports a hybrid work schedule arrangement. 

Job Responsibilities:
•    Design, develop, and conduct webinars, web-based, and in-person training in data collection, data management and quality control, and analysis, interpreting, and reporting for a national assessment program.
•    Provide analytical, technical, and operational leadership and support to the project team and to staff in state and local education agencies.
•    Manage and perform sampling and data collection quality assurance activities.
•    Conduct quality control reviews of data and other products and procedures.
•    Coordinate with information technology staff on data collection software systems.
•    Contribute to the evaluation and improvement of ongoing training and support programs.
•    Support the design of processes and systems that enhance the assessment of students with special needs.
•    Develop products and analytic tools that support improving the value of assessment results to various stakeholders.
•    Contribute to content creation for the intranet for state education staff.

Basic Qualifications:
•    A master's degree in education, research or measurement, or a related education or social science field, with 5 years of relevant experience.
•    US Citizenship is required by contract.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Experience with technical writing and developing training materials and implementing/delivering instructional programs.
•    Experience with large-scale assessments of school-aged children. 
•    Experience working in or with public state or local education agencies.
•    Experience analyzing and reporting assessment data to various audiences.
•    Demonstrated knowledge of the K-12 education system.

Minimum Qualifications: 
•    Strong written and oral communication skills, problem-solving skills, and ability to work collaboratively in teams.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

 

Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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