Technical Assistance Specialist - Education Studies - Telework

Rockville, VA
Oct 26, 2021
Dec 09, 2021
Analyst, Research
Education, 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.

Westat has an immediate opening for a Technical Assistance Specialist 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.  You 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience working with State and Local education agencies, 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) 
• Interest in the advancement of educational equity.

In this role you will use your excellent writing, presentation, facilitation, and communication skills.  You will also be comfortable managing multiple tasks in a collaborative team environment. 

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


Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire or prior to December 8, 2021, whichever is later, and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

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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