Research Analyst, Edunomics Lab - McCourt School of Public Policy
Research Analyst, 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 McCourt School of Public Policy's Edunomics Lab is a research center focused exploring and modeling complex education finance decisions - the full range of policy decisions and their effects on the allocation and use of schooling resources across students and services, at the federal, state, district and school levels. Public education faces a difficult decade ahead with multiple pressures including constrained resources amidst intense pressure to adopt improvements - many of them through reforms that require substantial changes in the way resources have been deployed or applied.
The Research Analyst assists in ensuring the completion of critical grant and contract milestones and to create thorough, rich, and insightful work that tackles difficult and systemic problems facing public education today. S/he engages in a range of functions critical to conducting research, analyzing data, and the reporting and dissemination of research findings; and manages portions of research projects managed by the Principal Investigator (PI), and may lead and direct the work of others (e.g., consultants), allowing PI to focus on data analysis and presenting research findings to stakeholders. Reporting to the Associate Director, the Research Analyst has duties that 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
- Manages research projects 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.
- Designs and manages data collection for all Edunomics Lab efforts, including collecting and assembling large data sets from states, districts and schools; cleaning data sets; and locating missing or incomplete data.
- Analyzes data and drawing implications and conclusions from findings.
- Conducts general research activities to support the work such as conducting literature reviews, qualitative interviews, and data analyses; as well scheduling interviews or other meetings.
- Acts independently and collaboratively on complicated work.
- Assists PI in general research organizational efforts.
- Provides additional expert research and analysis support to PI as requested.
- Identifies and supports applications for additional grant funding.
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.
- Participates as presenter at national/regional/local conferences and meetings promoting research findings.
- Writes and co-authors publications, issue briefs, or presentations disseminating research findings.
- Advanced degree preferred (MPP, MBA, MPA), but any candidates with a strong undergraduate academic record and demonstrated quantitative analysis ability will be considered
- 3 years of experience working in education or education policy
- 3 years of experience working with relevant large data sets and policy analysis
- Familiarity with U.S. education system
- An understanding of fiscal policy and current trends in education finance
- Fluency with Excel and proficiency with various data base software, analytical process, and data mining tools; and knowledge of a variety of software applications, including spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software
- Exceptional writing and editorial skills for the preparation of policy briefs, program materials, manuals, research reports, correspondence, and program text
- Ability to clearly communication 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 to work as both an independent and as a team member
- Exceptionally strong organizational and time management skills
- Ability to independently establish objectives, plan, direct, and evaluate logistics/training activities
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