Research Assistant

Rockville , MD
Oct 08, 2020
Oct 19, 2020
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.

Job Summary:
We have an immediate opening for a research assistant who will work with operational, design, and systems staff to support the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2022-23 (ECLS-K:2023), a comprehensive study that provides data on child development, early learning, and school progress. This position is based onsite at our office in Rockville, Maryland.
Job Responsibilities:
• Support study staff in the development of web survey specifications, paper surveys, and child assessment materials.
• Create training materials, including developing and writing training procedures manuals and support material.
• Conduct in-person training sessions for adult learners.
• Support data collection staff and monitor data collection quality.
• Contribute to OMB packages and data collection reports.
• Other relevant job duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications:
• A bachelor's degree, preferably in the social sciences or education, and 1 year of experience in a research or education setting is required.
• U.S. Citizenship is required by contract.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with large-scale surveys, web survey design, and/or development of content for adult learners.

Strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills,  problem solving skills, computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word and Excel), time management skills, as well as an ability to exercise independent judgment, work collaboratively in teams, and demonstrated attention to detail are essential.

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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