Research and Policy Research and Impact Analyst
Who We Are
At Student Achievement Partners (SAP), we design and share evidence-based literacy and mathematics guidance and resources that center students, particularly those who are marginalized. We share these resources with educators across the country through our website www.achievethecore.org. Our goal is to influence all levels of the system to ensure that:
- states, districts, and school leaders design coherent instructional systems and policies;
- teachers apply a vision of rigorous, equitable teaching and learning; and
- students experience improved understanding of grade-level content and joyful, relevant learning.
We are a diverse team that works in partnership with other passionate change-makers to design tools and resources, professional learning, and other supports, grounded in research and the realities of the classroom.
SAP’s internal structure is designed to support employees to thrive in a collaborative, remote environment that centers equitable design practices. All staff work together to support each member of the team and elevate their talents, skills, and lived experiences. We do this so that each of our skill sets, voices, and personal and professional journeys contribute to the work of ensuring students experience improved understanding of grade-level content and joyful, relevant learning. We value and provide growth opportunities to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to learning about equitable literacy and mathematics instruction, and its impact on the broader education ecosystem.
We use team collaboration software such as Zoom Video Conference, Microsoft Teams, Dropbox and Google Docs to facilitate communication and collaboration while working remotely.
How We Work
We work in project-based design teams that include internal staff and external consultants and co-designers. Working collaboratively, these teams employ an equitable design approach to identify, define, investigate, and address challenges that education stakeholders (systems, educators, and students) are experiencing in the field. To do this work effectively and impactfully, there are nine principles that guide our organization, our work, and our relationships.
About the Position:
The role of the Research and Impact Analyst will be to collaborate with the Research Fellow and SAP team members to support the implementation of project-based embedded research and evaluation methods that will better equip us to engage in continuous learning by measuring and evaluating the impact of our work. SAP is particularly interested in prioritizing equitable research and evaluation models, especially ones that employ mixed methods approaches.
The Research and Impact Analyst will play a key role in supporting the development and implementation of project evaluation plans, including the collection, analysis, and dissemination of qualitative and quantitative data. They will be embedded in projects across SAP’s portfolio contributing expertise and capacity as project teams engage in these evaluation methods. In addition, they will be involved in increasing the skills and knowledge of SAP staff so that they are better equipped to measure and evaluate the impact of their own work. This may include developing and leading workshops, engaging in one-on-one coaching, and/or project embedded support. Finally, the Research and Impact Analyst will also contribute to written communications, such as research and evaluation reports or online articles. As a team member of Student Achievement Partners, the Research and Impact Analyst also contributes towards our commitment to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural organization.
The Research and Impact Analyst contributes to SAP by:
- Supporting and the design and implementation of a new organization-wide systematic approach to project design, which includes embedded equitable evaluation methods that will better equip us to engage in continuous learning by measuring and evaluating the impact of our work.
- Leading and/or co-leading the design, planning, and implementation of research and evaluation activities at the project level. This includes developing and managing research and evaluation plans and timelines, and monitoring integrity of data collection and use of protocols and procedures.
- Designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments (such as surveys and one-on-one and focus group interview guides), data collection processes and procedures, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and working with SAP team members to reflect on learnings, and write up findings.
- Supporting efforts to increase the skills and knowledge of SAP staff so that they are better equipped to measure and evaluate the impact of their own work. This may include developing and leading workshops, engaging in one-on-one coaching, and/or providing project-embedded support.
- Collaborating with SAP staff to disseminate project findings internally and externally. This includes scholarly reports, briefs, blog postings, and other products for a variety of audiences, along with presentations to internal and external groups.
Travel will be required quarterly.
- 2+ years of experience applying quantitative and/or mixed methods research approaches, preferably in the context of K-12 education and equitable research designs and models
- A master’s degree in education, psychology, sociology, or a closely related field
- Deep understanding of K-12 education issues, particularly with regards to instructional practice and educational equity
- Proficiency with statistical programming software such as STATA or R
- Proficiency or a willingness to learn qualitative analysis software such as NVivo or Dedoose
- Excellent writing and analytical skills
- Welcoming of feedback and a commitment to continuous improvement
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently in a remote environment
- Ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals having varying degrees of technical knowledge.
- High level of initiative, sound judgment, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail
- Prior experience with Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions and FERPA compliance for school districts preferred
- Prior experience with database management and data pipeline design preferred
- Prior experience with executing user experience (UX) research preferred
- Prior K-12 teaching experience preferred
Compensation and Benefits
Student Achievement Partners offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. The salary range for this position is $70,000-90,000, depending on experience. Additionally, Student Achievement Partners provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes unlimited vacation time and sick days, professional development funds, medical, dental, and vision insurance, FSA, and an employer-sponsored 401k retirement plan.
All employees at Student Achievement Partners work remotely. We use team collaboration software such as Zoom Video Conference, Microsoft Teams, Dropbox and Google Docs to facilitate communication and collaboration.
Student Achievement Partners is an equal opportunity employer, committed to reflecting the diversity of the students we serve. We welcome applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds.
This position is available immediately.