Senior Research Associate-Technical Assistance Specialist-Remote

Rockville , MD
Jul 22, 2023
Oct 11, 2023
Analyst, Research
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.

Job Summary 
Are you passionate about technical assistance and improving the quality of state and local special education data? If so, you might just be who we're looking for. Become a member of Westat's Education Studies Practice team and work directly with state education agencies to build their capacity around data collection, analysis, reporting, and use. 

Job Responsibilities 
• Provide technical assistance to state education agencies (SEA) regarding the collection, analysis, reporting, and use of special education data (e.g., SPP/APR indicator data, EDFacts data, significant disproportionality). 
• Build relationships with SEA staff to understand contexts and identify areas of need. 
• Develop resources to improve the quality of state special education data. 
• Contribute content to blogs and newsletter articles related to special education data quality. 
• Present at national, regional, and state conferences on data-related topics. 

Basic Qualifications 
• Typically requires a bachelor's degree with 10 or more years of relevant experience, a master's with 6 or more years of relevant experience, or a PhD and 2‐4 years of relevant post‐doctoral experience.
• Experience with technical assistance related to disability, education programs, or data. 

 Preferred Qualifications 
• Experience working in state or local education agencies.  
• Specific experience with data required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and an interest in advancing educational equity.
Other Required Qualifications 
• Demonstrated communication skills. 
• Collaboration with teams, managers and/or clients 
• Organization skills, including time management ability. 
• Detail oriented

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 (15 days per year)
  • Sick Leave (10 days per year)
  • Holiday Leave (7 government holidays and 2 floating holidays)
  • 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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