Research Assistant

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Very competitive with recognition of experience/education level.




1800 Diagonal Road
Suite 600
United States


Would you like to work with an organization deeply involved in the core issues of national education policy? Are you energetic, organized, efficient, and able to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously? Are you eager, curious, and able to adapt to changing circumstances and duties with flexibility and willingness? Can you keep pace in a demanding work environment? If so, you might be perfect as a Research Assistant in our Alexandria, VA office (accessible to D.C. via King Street Metro station). This is a great opportunity for someone interested in launching their career in a research and public policy-focused organization. 



edCount, LLC is a woman-owned small business with multiple long-term contracts serving federal and state governments, universities, associations, and other nonprofit clients. Primary topics of interest at edCount are: education standards, assessment, and accountability systems; curriculum and pedagogy; education of students with special needs and English language learners; and the role of the federal government in K-12 education policy. We are seeking individuals with a background or interest in the education field who are not only organized and detail-oriented, but also can write clearly and convincingly. They will have the opportunity to gain experience assisting staff with high-quality research and technical assistance to states and districts. 

edCount’s staff, located throughout the U.S., are constantly connected through collaboration software such as Skype for Business, Box, SmartSheets, Adobe Connect, and Nitro PDF. For further insight into the nature of the firm go to

Job Description: 

The successful candidate will participate in research/project management tasks including, but not limited to:  

  • Conducting background research and creating outlines to help guide the development of reports, presentations, and other deliverables; 
  • Conceptualizing, synthesizing, and summarizing information to highlight key points related to a deliverable (e.g., key requirements, findings, conclusions, etc.);   
  • Assisting senior staff with writing tasks for reports, presentations, and other deliverables; 
  • Compiling reports, presentations, and digital media for client presentations; 
  • Formatting and editing deliverables in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe PDF using established style guidelines; 
  • Recording and reporting on meetings; 
  • Developing bibliographies and summarizing articles for literature reviews; 
  • Assisting in the preparation of proposals; 
  • Organizing research data and running preliminary analyses; 
  • Preparing research materials to support focus groups, workshops, and other assemblies; 
  • Managing logistics and providing onsite support for panels, studies, focus groups, and meetings; 
  • Hosting and managing online meetings and calls; and 
  • Assuming responsibility for reviewing pre-publication materials for typographical, grammatical, and computational errors. 


A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in one of the social or behavioral sciences. An interest and experience in education reform, research, or public policy is highly desired. In addition, the ideal candidate will: 

  • Be flexible, resourceful, intelligent, detail-oriented, hard-working, and capable of excelling in an intellectually stimulating and often intense work environment; 
  • Have the patience and professionalism to respectfully handle a wide range of client requests; 
  • Possess strong writing skills and have the ability to adapt writing style for a variety of purposes (e.g., for proposals, technical reports, presentations, etc.); 
  • Be proficient with the more common MS software applications (experience with more diverse communication technologies such as Box, Adobe Connect, Skype for Business is a plus); and 
  • Be willing to work hard, to learn, and to do everything necessary to support your colleagues. 



Very generous – allowance for health care costs, 20 days paid time off, 10 holidays, annual 401 (k) contribution after 6 months vesting.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply: In a single package, send a resume, cover letter that not only explains why edCount might be a good fit for you but also serves as an excellent sample of your writing capabilities, and three references to with “Research Assistant – Generalist” in the subject line. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the successful candidates are selected, so please apply as soon as possible.

edCount is an equal opportunity employer.  

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