Sponsor Funded Professional | Research Associate II

Job description


The Georgia Policy Labs (GPL) is a collaboration between Georgia State University and a variety of government agencies to promote evidence-based policy development and implementation. Housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, GPL works to create an environment where policymakers have the information and tools available to improve the effectiveness of existing government policies and programs, try out new ideas for addressing pressing issues, and decide what new initiatives are promising enough to scale up. The ultimate goal is to help government entities more effectively use scarce resources and make a positive difference in people’s lives. GPL comprises three labs: The Metro Atlanta Policy Lab for Education works to improve K-12 educational outcomes in metro Atlanta; the Career and Technical Education Exchange focuses on high-school-based career and technical education in multiple U.S. states; and the Child and Family Policy Lab works with state agencies to improve outcomes for children and families. In addition to conducting evidence-based policy research, GPL will serve as a teaching and learning resource for state officials and policymakers, students, and other constituents.

The Georgia Policy Labs seeks a talented and team-oriented Research Associate to contribute to a growing portfolio of applied, rigorous research projects. These projects will directly inform public policy changes related to the safety, education, and economic well-being of children and families. The Research Associate will be involved with projects that range from descriptive reports about existing data to social policy randomized controlled trials. A key component of this role is serving as an interpreter among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

The Research Associate will write reports, analyze data, produce data visualizations, and give presentations on research projects for the purpose of improving outcomes for children and families. A Research Associate must be able to understand, interpret, and easefully discuss statistical techniques and basic economic theories in a variety of settings.

The Research Associate will work closely with faculty, a research director, post-docs, and graduate research assistants in a team environment. This position is designed for someone who enjoys a fast-paced team environment and who wants to be an active and contributing member in a young, mission-led organization. Candidates should not only show competencies in the job duties but also want to grow their skills. Training opportunities will be encouraged and supported for this position; travel commitments are limited.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepares project memos, summaries, presentations, and manuscripts targeting both policymakers, academic researchers, and other stakeholders, which includes writing and data analysis

  • Generates tables and graphs for academic papers, reports and presentations; writes, proofreads and fact-checks academic papers, reports and presentations

  • Review and synthesize academic and policy research literature

  • Performing detailed and complex data analyses

  • Develops and disseminates necessary project materials to research team and partner agencies

  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with research partners and all participating partner organizations

  • Contributes to study design and coordinates implementation options with program partners; manages subject selection and randomization process; travels to program sites to monitor and assess implementation for RCTs

  • Perform other professional duties as assigned or requested


Master's degree and one year of related experience; or a combination of education and related experience.

College/Business Unit04/10/19, 10:59:00 PM

College/Business Unit: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Location: Atlanta Campus
Job Posting: 03/20/19, 2:47:55 PM




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Posted: 3/22/2019
Application Due: 4/11/2019
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