Research Assistant

Rockville , MD
May 05, 2021
Jul 01, 2021
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:
Westat has an immediate opening for research assistants who will work with a project team to train and support staff in state education agencies to implement a national assessment of students and to develop data analyses and reports.

Job Responsibilities:
•    Provide analytical and operational support to the project and to staff in state education agencies.
•    Develop and manage training materials; conduct web-based and in-person trainings.
•    Provide secondary support to project Support Desk and project intranet website on an as-needed basis.
•    Develop and maintain project schedule of web-based trainings.
•    Review and manage data for quality control purposes and project evaluation, maintain and enhance databases of project information. 
•    Monitor the productivity and quality of the data collection effort.
•    Work with IT and project staff on system requirements.

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 web survey design and development of eLearning content, and familiarity with software such as SharePoint, InfoPath, Captivate and Camtasia.

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 demonstrate attention to detail are essential.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • 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.