Research Analyst (20-Month Grant Funded Position)
District of Columbia
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
NAEYC seeks an effective candidate to work on a 20 month, grant funded position. The Research Analyst will help NAEYC leverage its national data sources regarding early learning programs for young children and higher education programs preparing early childhood professionals to better understand the characteristics of these programs and the impact accreditation has on the quality of programs.
The work of this position will build stronger relationships across the research, policy and practice arms of NAEYC to advance the organizations commitment to ensuring that all young children have access to high quality early learning. This work will also support deliberations in Power to the Profession and the implementation of the consensus framework developed by Power to the Profession.
Major Responsibilities and Essential Functions
- Work with Early Learning Systems staff to identify the key research questions related to accredited program productivity and quality that need to be answered using data from NAEYC’s accreditation systems, the higher education directory, and other NAEYC data sources.
- Create and populate research databases that house data on programs in the accreditation systems.
- Analyze data on the productivity and quality of accredited programs to identify trends in characteristics of accredited programs and to consider the impact of accreditation on program quality.
- Contribute to the Early Learning Systems Division Annual Report on the State of Accreditation, including, but not limited to:
- Gathering data on the productivity and quality of NAEYC’s accreditation systems for the report.
- Drafting narrative for the Annual Report.
- Recommend ways in which NAEYC might make its research databases publically available or available to the research community.
- Leverage other publically available data to answer research questions that contribute to HAEYC’s advocacy population estimates, occupational and industry data, as well as state level data from licensing and QRIS.
- Leverage NAEYC’s relationships with the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, the National Workforce Registry Alliance, the BUILD initiative, and others to answer research questions.
- Collaborate in a close and collegial manner with the Senior Director and other Early Learning Systems Division staff to carry out job responsibilities and to advance the mission of NAEYC.
- Represent NAEYC at professional meetings and participate in cross functional project groups and other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
- Master’s degree required. Doctorate preferred
- Degree and work experience in education/early childhood development strongly preferred
- Experience creating research databases
- Experience working with SPSS and/or other statistics software
- Ability to mine data from online platforms as well as through review of Word and PDF documents
- Politically astute and capable of developing positive professional relationships based on dependability and honesty
- Sound analytical thinking used to inform decisions
- Develops and delivers clear and concise messages in public speaking and writing
- Contributes to a work environment that fosters teamwork and effectively draws on the strengths of all team members
- Assumes responsibility and displays a strong personal commitment to NAEYC and to the Early Learning Systems Division work and mission
- Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to move throughout the building; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - NAEYC is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, matriculation, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran's status, or any other factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law.
Minimum Education Required