Research Specialist, Edunomics Lab - McCourt School of Public Policy

Washington D.C.
May 07, 2018
Jun 19, 2018
Analyst, Research
Full Time
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Research Specialist, Edunomics Lab - McCourt School of Public Policy

The Edunomics Lab, a Research Center in the Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy was established thanks to a Sl.9M grant from the Walton Family Foundation, studies education finance, and provides timely, relevant, and insightful analysis to inform education policy and practice. Since its establishment at Georgetown in November 2012, the Edunomics Lab has received additional grant and contract funding to complete research vital to strengthening American education system, the need for which is especially pronounced during difficult budget times.

The Research Specialist assists in ensuring completion of critical grant and contract milestones and creating thorough, rich, and insightful work that tackles difficult and systemic problems facing public education today. S/he is involved in a range of functions critical to conducting research, analyzing data, and the reporting and dissemination of research findings. Experienced in collecting and analyzing education data, the Research Specialist completes portions of a federally funded research study the center is managing, and coordinates portions of research projects managed by the Principal Investigator (PI).  Duties include but are not limited to:

Conduct and disseminate timely research to identify, evaluate and promote a financial structure that supports systemic continuous improvement, equitable allocation of public funds, and more customized learning options for students:

  • Conducts research tracking public funds through the K-12 and/or higher education systems to the point of service to examine the different policy decisions and their effects on the allocation of resources across students and services.
  • Coordinates data collection for all Edunomics Lab efforts related to its current weighted student funding study.
  • Analyzes data and draws implications and conclusions from findings.
  • Conducts general research activities to support the work, such as conducting literature reviews, qualitative interviews, and data analyses; and schedules interviews or other meetings.
  • Acts independently and collaboratively on complicated work.
  • Provides additional expert research and analysis support to PI as requested.

Equip decision makers (education leaders and federal, state, and local policymakers and community stakeholders) on ways to better align education resources with improving student outcomes and building sustainable budget models:

  • Identifies and secures outreach opportunities to promote research findings
  • Compiles quantitative and qualitative data and assists with describing the data for various internal and external audiences.
  • Designs presentations and participates in webinars with key audiences.
  • Writes and co-authors publications, issue briefs, or presentations disseminating research findings.


  • Advanced degree preferred (MPP, MBA, MPA), but will consider any candidates with a strong undergraduate academic record and demonstrated quantitative analysis ability
  • 2 years working in education or education policy
  • 1 year working with relevant large data sets and policy analysis
  • Demonstrable familiarity with U.S. education system
  • Demonstrable understanding of fiscal policy and current trends in education finance
  • Fluency with Excel and proficient with various data base software, analytical process, and data mining tools
  • Demonstrably exceptional writing and editorial skills for the preparation of policy briefs, program materials, manuals, research reports, correspondence and program text.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with internal team well as with key audiences (e.g., policy-makers, funders and school officers
  • Strong analytical skills and quantitative abilities sufficient to complete complex data analysis
  • Willingness work independently within a team
  • Exceptionally strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to independently establish objectives, and to plan, direct, and evaluate logistics/training activities
  • Knowledge of a variety of software applications, including spreadsheets, databases and presentation software

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