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Research Fellow (Remote)

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Who We Are

Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit organization that designs for the students whose potential is not currently being realized by the American public education system. We believe that addressing this issue, which is most persistent for Black students and students who are English learners, is critical to supporting all students. We stand firm in the belief that effective educational leadership and instruction persistently takes action to eradicate racist systems and policies so that all students can thrive academically.

Core to our work is the notion that challenging K-12 academic standards, in the context of culturally relevant teaching and equitable classroom practice, are non-negotiable when it comes to improving student outcomes. In partnership with other passionate change-makers, we design tools and resources, professional learning, and other supports, grounded in research and the reality of the classroom. We share these resources freely with educators across the country through our website www.achievethecore.org.

Student Achievement Partners is committed to becoming an anti-racist, multi-cultural institution. 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.

Candidates should thrive in a collaborative, remote environment that emphasizes equitable design principles, excellence, attention to detail, analytical rigor, and critical thinking. We use team collaboration software such as Zoom Video Conference, Microsoft Teams, Dropbox and Google Docs to facilitate communication and collaboration while working remotely. We value and provide growth opportunities to individuals who are eager and self-motivated in learning about equitable literacy and mathematics instruction and education. 

About the Position:

The role of the Research Fellow will be to collaborate with SAP team members, including Directors and the Senior Research Fellow, to design and implement project-based embedded research 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 designing and implementing new, innovative approaches that prioritize equitable research models and theories, especially ones that employ qualitative or mixed methods approaches.

The Research Fellow will play a key designer role in developing and implementing models and methods for evaluating effectiveness and efficacy, based on the design, collection, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. The Research Fellow will be embedded in projects across SAP's portfolio contributing research expertise and capacity as project teams engage in these evaluation methods. The Research Fellow's experience and expertise will be utilized in both leading and co-leading capacities, depending on the needs of the project and project team. 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. The Research Fellow may also contribute to proposals for project funding as well as written communications, such as research and policy reports, online articles, and blog postings. As a team member of Student Achievement Partners, the Research Fellow also contributes towards our commitment to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Play a leadership role in the design of a new organization-wide systematic approach to project-based embedded research/evaluation methods that will better equip us to engage in continuous learning by measuring and evaluating the impact of our work, with a particular focus on equitable research models and designs. The design process will utilize the Equity By Design approach.​
  • Lead and/or co-lead in the design, planning, and implementation of research and evaluation activities. Conceptualize, develop, and manage research and evaluation plans and timelines, and monitor integrity of data collection and use of protocols and procedures. Create logic models, develop qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments (such as questionnaires and one-on-one and focus group interview guides), design qualitative and quantitative data collection processes and procedures, collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, work with SAP team members to reflect on learnings, and write up findings.
  • Assist 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 providing project-embedded support. 
  • Collaborate with SAP staff to disseminate project findings. This includes scholarly reports, briefs, blog postings, and other products for a variety of audiences, along with presentations to internal and external groups. Additionally, collaborate in developing proposals for external funding aligned with organizational priorities. 

 Qualifications

  • Substantial experience with utilizing qualitative and mixed methods research approaches, preferably in the context of equitable research designs and models
  • Deep understanding of K-12 education issues, particularly with regards to educational equity
  • Knowledge and experience in applying quantitative and qualitative research methods and proficiency with data analysis software
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently in a remote environment 
  • Ability to use discretion and sound judgment when dealing with confidential information
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals having varying degrees of technical knowledge
  • A master’s degree in education, psychology, sociology, or a closely related field 
  • At least two years of prior work experience in K-12 education (strongly preferred)
  • Prior K-12 teaching experience (preferred)

Who We Are

Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit organization that designs for the students whose potential is not currently being realized by the American public education system. We believe that addressing this issue, which is…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Benefits

Student Achievement Partners offers a competitive salary commensurate with experiences. Additionally, Student Achievement Partners is a remote organization that provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes 3-weeks vacation time, unlimited sick days, professional development funds, medical, dental, and vision insurance, FSA, and an employer-sponsored 401k retirement plan.

Student Achievement Partners offers a competitive salary commensurate with experiences. Additionally, Student Achievement Partners is a remote organization that provides a…

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
228 Park Avenue S #96810, New York, NY 10003

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