The Research Alliance for New York City Schools, an independent research center housed at the New York University, invites applications for a Technical Research Analyst. The Research Analyst will be responsible for processing and analyzing data from school administrative records and surveys as part of a study of New York City’s Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. In addition, the Analyst will assist the Principal Investigator in managing the project and may be called upon to interview school personnel about the characteristics of their CTE programs.

About the Research Alliance for New York City Schools

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools, formed in 2008, is an important and growing part of NYC’s education community. Our mission is to conduct rigorous studies on topics that matter to New York City’s public schools. We strive to advance equity and excellence in education by providing evidence about policies and practices that promote students’ development and academic success. Our work relies on access to longitudinal data from both the NYC Department of Education and the City University of New York, coupled with our strong relationships with educators and policymakers. Our work environment provides staff with a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences.

Job Description

The Technical Research Analyst will spend a majority of her/his time assisting with our mixed-method studies of the implementation and impact of NYC’s CTE programs. The work of the Analyst involves complex data processing and analysis in SAS as well as interacting with schools, the school district, and other stakeholders. Specific tasks include the following:

  • Manage data transfers and collection, prepare administrative and survey data files for analysis, and assist with design and execution of descriptive and statistical analyses.
  • Coordinate data access and analysis tasks among multiple analysts, in and outside of the Research Alliance.
  • Assist with general project management and coordination.
  • Oversee production of tables, figures, and other displays for analysis and, ultimately, for publications.
  • Assist with selected field-based data collection efforts which may include conducting structured interviews with school personnel to obtain information about the characteristics of their CTE programs.
  • Assist with preparation of reports on research findings that meet the highest standards of education science and that provide information relevant to policymakers and practitioners.
  • Fact-check reports and review SAS code for accuracy.

Requirements and Skills

The most competitive candidates will have strong coding skills in SAS, an interest and ability to interact with multiple stakeholders, and some knowledge of CTE. Specific requirements and skills include the following:

  • Manage data transfers and collection, prepare administrative and survey data files for analysis, and assist with design and execution of descriptive and statistical analyses.
  • BA/BS degree or higher in education policy, public policy, economics, statistics, applied psychology, sociology, or related social science field.
  • Demonstrated experience with applied programming, data management, and statistical analysis with widely used statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, Stata or R. SAS proficiency highly preferred.
  • Must be willing to develop a high level of proficiency in SAS.
  • Experience working on education or related social science research projects.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and use available resources to learn new skills, work independently, and collaborate in a team environment.
  • Ability to manage competing demands and complete tasks within time constraints.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience and interest in data visualization is preferred.
  • Knowledge of New York City Department of Education and its data systems is desirable.
  • Training, coursework, or experience in field-based data collection (e.g., interviews, focus groups, observations) is a plus.
  • We seek applicants who carry diverse perspectives. Strong candidates are able to recognize how potential social/cultural biases may impact research and policy.

Salary

  • $48,000 annually with a generous benefits package including tuition remission (more information here: 2019 Benefits Guide).

Application Process

  • Submit resume or curriculum vitae and cover letter discussing interest in the position and qualifications.
  • Provide one coding example, preferably in SAS. If you are proficient in SPSS, STATA, or R, please provide samples for this as well. Other languages may include R, Stata, or SPSS. Please provide your programming example files in a pdf format only.
  • References will be requested after initial interview.
  • Application materials must be submitted through our online application.
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. The preferable start date is March 1, 2019.
  • This job description can be found online here.