Senior Research Associate - Hope Center

Job description

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, at Temple University is seeking a Senior Research Associate (Sr. RA) to join our growing team. As a mission-driven organization we take seriously the importance of rigorous research, engagement and communication activities, and advocacy. Our diverse team is committed to communities that demand affordable, accessible, high-quality education from high school through higher education and beyond. Our teammates demonstrate why #RealCollege matters: we have collectively lived the challenges of navigating government bureaucracy and cash-strapped colleges, experienced the trauma and perils of living without financial stability, and experienced marginalization along nearly every possible line.


Reporting to the Director of Research, the Sr. will provide comprehensive senior level coordination and management of the day-to-day research activities, such as: designing and planning research studies, overseeing general data collection and serving as an authoritative source on research practices, precedents, theory, and principles.  Most studies involve randomized-control trials and will be multi-sited, longitudinal studies utilizing multiple data sources and collaboration with both colleges and external agencies. All will be high-profile externally funded activities.

The Sr. RA will be responsible navigating human subjects approvals and preparing deliverables for funders. S/he will conduct data cleaning, coding, and statistical programming and/or qualitative data collection, coding, and analysis activities as well as may supervise junior researchers on these tasks. The Sr RA will also work on translating research studies into policy and/or practice through writing and engagement with our other team members. Delivering presentations, seminars, media interviews nationally are also part of the role.

It is an exciting and difficult time to be working on creating significant social change. We seek teammates who are committed to our mission and capable and comfortable with working effectively in a fast-paced environment. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

Master’s degree and two to three years’ experience in economics, sociology/demography, political science, psychology, statistics, or educational policy and experience conducting quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods research and analyzing and interpreting the results. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:

*Strong applied research skills and ability to design, plan and conduct research activities and serve as an authoritative source on research practices, precedents, theory, and principles

*Strong quantitative skills, including use of experimental and/or quasi-experimental research designs

*Strong programming skills in Stata, SAS, and/or R (at least 5 years)

*Strong writing skills and demonstrated ability to present research in an accessible manner

*Strong communication and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to work with a diverse population

*Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, along with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously

*Ability to monitor the work of others and provide training, regular feedback, and performance management


*Exemplary qualitative skills, including in-depth interviewing and focus groups

*Experience overseeing the work of graduate and undergraduate students

*Research experience studying higher education and applying research for policy analysis, program evaluation, and planning

*Experience working on higher education topics or those related to the Center’s work on food and housing insecurity

*Experience working directly with colleges and universities on research; public institutions

This is a grant funded position.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)-Jones Hall
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular




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Posted: 4/24/2021
Application Due: 7/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time