Technical Assistance Specialist (Virtual)

Employer
Westat
Location
Rockville , MD
Posted
Sep 01, 2020
Closes
Oct 13, 2020
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.

Westat has an immediate opening for a Technical Assistance Specialist (Research Associate) to support its clients and customers, including federal, state, and local education officials, in their efforts to implement and improve program performance related to individuals with disabilities.  This person will join our Education Practice and focus on technical assistance.

Job Responsibilities:
• Provide technical assistance to state and local agencies regarding the collection, analysis, reporting, and use of special education data. 
• Build relationships with state and local agency staff to understand contexts and identify areas of need.
• Develop resources to improve the quality of state and local special education data and services.
• Work with a team to plan, implement, and deliver services to states and others.
• Direct junior staff and manage multiple tasks in a team-oriented environment.
• Contribute to Westat efforts to develop and maintain work, including efforts focused on study design, research methods, survey operations, measurement, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and technical reporting.

Basic Qualifications:
• Master's in Education or a related social science field and 8 years of experience with technical assistance related to disability, education programs and policy; 
• Or a Ph.D in Education or related social science field and 2 years of experience with technical assistance related to disability, education programs and policy.

Preferences:
• State and Local education agencies experience, preferably as part of large Federal contracts or grants 
• Experience with special education or early intervention issues and policy. 
• Specific experience with data required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as an interest in the advancement of educational equity.

Westat offers competitive benefits with ESOP, 401k, Health, Dental, paid vacation, sick and holiday leave, professional development as well as other benefits.

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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