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Researcher, Education Systems


Established in 1946, with headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, AIR is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance and capacity building services domestically and internationally in health, social development, education, and workforce to a growing roster of clients and partners. Our mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.
AIR is currently seeking Education Researchers with backgrounds in qualitative and quantitative methods. The Researcher positions can be remote or located out of any of the following AIR locations once offices are reopened: Crystal City, VA, Rockville, MD, Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Chapel Hill, NC or Waltham, MA.


  • Analyze, interpret, and report on complex quantitative data using appropriate statistical and/or psychometric methods (multiple linear regression, HLM, Structural Equation Modeling, IRT, etc.)
  • Lead the design and planning of research studies using quasi-experimental or experimental research designs
  • Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative analysis of data sets
  • Contribute substantively, thoughtfully, and creatively to the conceptualization and design of education studies, including research proposals in response to funder requests or for grant competitions
  • Managing or leading projects or research tasks, with assumption of greater responsibility over time
  • Develop and maintain daily relationships with clients and funders to plan, implement, and present study results while maintaining appropriate professional objectivity
  • Write reports, including briefs, charts, and graphs that describe and interpret findings of analyses for clients
  • Clearly communicate with clients and represent AIR in a professional manner
  • Communicate effectively, orally or in writing, with clients, site-based staff, and other stakeholders
  • Manage project and team organization, including taking notes during internal meetings, and making and updating project timelines


  • Ph.D. in education, psychology, sociology, or other related field, or Master’s degree with 4-7 years of relevant work experience
  • Expertise or experience in at least one of the following:
  • Equity and improving outcomes for racially and linguistically diverse students
  • Course taking and high school to post-secondary transitions
  • College and career readiness
  • Improvement science
  • High school counseling
  • Improving educational outcomes for students
  • Strong methods knowledge (prefer What Works Clearinghouse certification) and experience with course design and delivery
  • Able to apply advanced statistical methods, and communicate effectively about these methods to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge or experience with the analysis of large-scale data sets, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs
  • Ability to communicate research findings both in writing and orally
  • Demonstrated proficiencies in writing, conceptualizing, analyzing, and consulting
  • Knowledge of various analytic and data management software (e.g., SPSS, EXCEL, STATA, NViVO and Access)
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills including strong communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to produce concise, high-level summaries and briefings
  • Experience managing the details of research projects and leading small teams preferred
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.
AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.