Research Assistant/Project Coordinator - Ed Studies - REMOTE

Rockville , MD
Mar 28, 2023
Apr 12, 2023
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.

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 is seeking a Research Assistant/Project Coordinator to join our Education Studies Practice and National Comprehensive Center teams, and work directly with the Project Coordinator and Senior Project Manager in supporting day-to-day activities for the Center. You will interface frequently with project directors and key members of project teams, providing critical operational support and participating in designing and implementing operational processes and procedures.

Successful candidates will bring diverse perspectives and varied experiences (whether from school, life, or past jobs). We value curiosity, innovation, and systems-level thinking to contribute to projects that drive improved outcomes for our clients and internally as well. We are passionate about inclusiveness, diversity, and cultural competency in the work we do within our team and in services for our clients.

Job Responsibilities:
•     Work closely with the Project Coordinator and Senior Project Manager to assess and address operational needs for the National Center and its project teams.
•     Coordinate and schedule project meetings and support meeting facilitation needs during virtual and in-person events.
•     Assist the Project Coordinator in managing the schedules and travel arrangements for National Center leadership.
•     Coordinate with operations teams to develop and monitor implementation of project management tools/resources such as policy and procedure manuals, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and process documents.
•     Maintain agendas, notes, and minutes of various team and client meetings.
•     Coordinate interactions with project teams, colleagues, and clients.
•     Other activities, as required.

Basic Qualifications:
•     A bachelor's degree and 1-2 years of experience in project or event coordination.
•     Advanced experience with Microsoft Office suite. 

Preferred Qualifications:
•     Previous experience with Box, Smartsheet, and/or Microsoft Teams/Zoom.
•     Previous experience managing calendars and travel bookings for corporate executives.
•     Previous experience developing policy manuals, SOPs, and onboarding materials.
•     Previous experience in the education sector and a basic understanding of commonly used terms in education.

Other Required Qualifications:
•     Demonstrated time management skills with an ability to prioritize tasks.
•     Well-developed organizational skills and adherence to naming and filing conventions.
•     Attention to detail with an ability to edit and refine written materials.
•     Communication skills.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Subject to plan requirements, 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


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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