Senior Research and Policy Associate

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The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE), at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, seeks applications for a Senior Research and Policy Associate at 100% time. The incumbent will work across multiple CSCCE projects, and under the general supervision of and in collaboration with academic staff, will undertake and lead key aspects of research and policy projects. The incumbent is expected to apply expertise in early childhood workforce and/or related areas in order to perform complex tasks related to research and analyses, making significant and original contributions, including authorship or co-authorship of published findings.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage key aspects of research and policy projects, including human subjects protocols, survey implementation and data collection, and external partner/vendor activities.
  • Develop new and modify existing surveys and research protocols for large-scale research.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative workforce data, including original research and extant data.
  • Apply research findings to complex policy issues; develop and co-author policy-oriented publications such as reports, briefs, peer-review manuscripts, fact sheets, and infographics
  • Participate in, and lead some aspects of dissemination of research and policy analysis, including, professional presentations, media interviews, participation in sector-based workgroups and committees, and other spokesperson activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in research related to the early care and education workforce or relevant issues such as K-12 workforce development, wage and/or labor policy, and/or issues facing low wage workers.
  • Ability to manage competing deadlines with attention to high level of detail and accuracy.
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative social science research processes, including, but not limited to developing research protocols, developing online surveys, and analyzing extant and original datasets.
  • Solid interpersonal skills and communication skills, including exceptional writing skills required.
  • Excellent computer skills including data management, bibliographic and spreadsheet software, in addition to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Drive, and gather information from electronic resources.
  • Skills associated with specific survey administration such as Qualtrics.
  • Demonstrated quantitative skills, knowledge, and experience in data/statistical analysis, including analyzing large, complex data sets, preferrably using SPSS or similar (e.g., STATA, SAS, R, Python).

How to Apply

Review the full job description and application instructions here (Job#19001).

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