Research Asst Job Opportunity w/ WestEd's Health & Justice Program

Sep 12, 2018

WestEd's Health and Justice Program ( is currently seeking applications to fill a Research Assistant position in our Los Alamitos, CA office. 
  • Prepare annotated bibliographies to provide a research base for evaluation designs. 
  • Assist with instrument development (e.g., surveys, observation tools, and rubrics) and with the preparation of IRB materials and applications. 
  • Conduct web searches and download data from state data sources. 
  • Coordinate and schedule meetings and data collection activities such as interviews, focus groups, and survey administrations. 
  • Perform field research with minimal supervision. 
  • Request information of schools, districts, and state departments of education. 
  • Manage large data sets, effectively summarize descriptive data, have demonstrated experience with SPSS or Stata or similar software. 
  • Develop coding schemes for qualitative data such as interview, observation, and text comments. Experience using qualitative analyses software (e.g., ATLAS.ti) preferred. 
  • Conduct literature reviews. 
  • Assist with writing and proofreading reports, including preparation of graphic (i.e., data tables and charts) and written (i.e., bulleted or narrative text) summaries of findings. 
  • Prepare nonevaluative and nonanalytic sections of reports (e.g., methodology, appendices, references) for small- to medium-sized projects. 
  • Be able to work in educational settings by showing respect for and understanding of the structure of how teachers and administrations function. 
  • Perform other tasks that support the research and evaluation projects.
  • Bachelor's degree education or the social or behavioral sciences, specifically coursework in quantitative and qualitative methods and data analysis. Master's degree preferred. 
  • Experience designing or administering surveys, preferably with web based survey systems and HTML programming. 
  • Experience in conducting interviews and observations. 
  • Experience managing data sets and using descriptive statistics in SPSS or Stata. 
  • Experience with content analysis of qualitative data. 
  • Experience compiling and organizing qualitative data sets (narrative text and documents) for efficient analyses in ATLAS.ti or Dedoose. 
  • Ability to develop charts, tables, and other graphics for reports and presentations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies for data collection, analysis, and reporting of findings. 
  • Ability to work across multiple projects, manage multiple tasks, and report to multiple project directors and coordinators simultaneously. 
  • Strong writing and communication skills. 
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 
  • Excellent organizational skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player and to treat staff and clients respectfully. 
  • Ability to travel throughout the country for site visits and onsite interviews. 
  • Ability to provide and accept constructive criticism. 
  • Must be authorized to work in USA (visa sponsorship not available).

For more information and to apply, please go to WestEd's Career Page:

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