Junior Research Analyst (Technical)

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools, an independent research center housed in the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, invites applications for a Junior Research Analyst (Technical). The Junior Research Analyst will be responsible for processing and analyzing data, conducting focus groups and interviews, and interacting with practitioners.  The Analyst’s work will contribute to specific Research Alliance projects as well as policy- and practice-oriented research about NYC’s public schools. 

About the Research Alliance

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 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, allow Research Alliance staff to investigate meaningful questions about education and equity. This Junior Research Analyst will spend a majority of his/her time assisting with our iMentor and Student Success Network (SSN) projects.  Both of these projects involve collaborating with practitioners and measuring and analyzing students’ non-cognitive skills.  The most competitive candidates will have strong coding skills, interest and knowledge of non-cognitive skills, as well as the ability and interest in interacting with stakeholders.  

Job Description 

  • Support the iMentor and SSN projects to design surveys and interview protocols, manage data transfers and collection, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data.  
  • Assist with the development, design, management, and execution of data cleaning, processing, and analysis tasks associated with research projects.
  • Assist with field-based data collection efforts which may include conducting structured interviews, focus groups and program observations.
  • 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

  • BA/BS degree or higher in education policy, public policy, economics, statistics, applied psychology, sociology, or related social science field.
  • Demonstrated programming and statistical analysis skills in SAS and Microsoft Excel is required. Proficiency in R and Stata is desirable.
  • Experience working on education or related social science research projects and talking with practitioners.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and work in a team environment.
  • Ability to manage competing demands and complete tasks within time constraints.
  • Training, coursework, or experience in field-based data collection (e.g., interviews, focus groups and observations) is a plus.
  • 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.
  • We seek applicants who carry diverse perspectives. Strong candidates are able to recognize how potential social/cultural biases may impact research and policy. 


Application Process

  • Submit resume or curriculum vitae and cover letter discussing interest in the position and qualifications.
  • Provide one SAS coding example. If you are proficient in additional languages, please provide samples for these as well. Other languages may include R, Stata, or Python. Please provide your programming example files in one of the following formats: .do, .r, .txt, .sas, .py
  • References will be requested after initial interview.
  • Application materials must be submitted online at the following link: https://nyu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_br5auhfEFTCYhGl
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. The start date is September 1st, 2017.


New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.