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Auto req ID 28443BR
Business Title Research Analyst II
School/Unit Harvard Graduate School of Education
Location USA - MA - Cambridge
Job Function Research
Time Status Full-time
Department Center for Education Policy Research
Salary Grade 056
Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Duties & Responsibilities The Research Analyst II will be part of a growing team at the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University. Launched in 2008, the Strategic Data Project (SDP) housed at CEPR partners with some of the nation''s largest school districts, school networks, and state education agencies to bring high-quality research methods and data analysis to bear on strategic and policy decisions. The Strategic Data Project’s mission is to transform data use in education to improve student achievement. SDP endeavors to do this in three primary ways: 1) conducting rigorous diagnostic analysis on teacher effectiveness and college-going success using partner agency data; 2) placing top-notch analysts as data fellows in each agency for two years; and 3) widely disseminating key findings and helpful tools to non-SDP partners.
Key analyst responsibilities include:
The Research Analyst’s primary responsibility is to work, as part of a team, on all stages of executing the SDP Diagnostic Analyses on teacher effectiveness and students’ college-going success. Specific responsibilities include:
* Assemble, clean, manage, and analyze large longitudinal data sets derived from multiple sources:
* Evaluate data quality. Identify data outliers and anomalies that require resolution prior to analysis.
* Identify methodological challenges and resolve or elevate them within the research team
* Transform and combine data files
* Execute standard analyses and help develop customized analyses that address questions of core interest to SDP’s partner agencies
* Perform complex programming/analytic tasks with limited supervision
* Participate in presenting key research findings to internal and external audiences, such as SDP partner agencies
* Draft reports and presentations for partner leadership, including school boards, superintendents, and principals. Contribute to the development of new projects and proposals
* Perform literature searches, summaries, and reviews in support of the SDP Diagnostics and other CEPR projects
* Build strong relationships with the staff and leadership of partner agencies. Provide problem-solving, technical, and research support to partner agency staff
* Collaborate with CEPR leadership, Harvard faculty, and partner agency staff to continually refine analytic work productsThis position is a term appointment for one year from the date of hire, with strong likelihood of extension.
Basic Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, statistics, computer science or a related field; 1-2 years of professional experience in statistical programming, including data management and cleaning, analysis, and report writing. Experience with statistical programming and analysis in Stata and/or SAS required.
Additional Qualifications Robust knowledge of statistics, computation, and rationale. Experience working with data of varying quality and from varied source systems; demonstrated preparation and cleaning skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate technical topics to non-technical audiences. Proven ability to work under pressure, accurately assess problems, and develop solutions. K-12 sector or university research experience, as well as knowledge of enterprise data management systems/tools (e.g., MS SQL, Oracle) a plus. Familiarity with SPSS or R programming a plus.
Additional Information Please attach your resume and a cover letter as one document.
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About the Harvard Graduate School of Education
We believe education is the single most powerful ingredient for a better world. This is why we spend every day pushing the frontiers of education practice, policy, and research. It is why we make it our mission to prepare future leaders who can transform education in profound ways – in America and across the globe.”Kathleen McCartney, HGSE Dean
Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership,
and we are a strong community which values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu
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