Research Officer

New York City, New York (Manhattan) County
Jun 04, 2014
Jobs Outside Higher Education
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Purpose of Position: Design and conduct research on U.S. study abroad in support of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad. Coordinate Project Atlas activities and perform research and analysis of international academic mobility. Work is carried out independently under general supervision. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Generation Study Abroad: •Conduct research on study abroad of U.S. students, including research design, instrument drafting, data collection and analysis, reporting and writing. •Coordinate evaluations/metrics of Generation Study Abroad. •Present research at local, national, and international conferences. Project Atlas: •Coordinate Project Atlas network of 25 member organizations; serve as key liaison between IIE and the network and coordinate all activities relating to Project Atlas. •Collect and analyze Project Atlas mobility data from member countries; use data to prepare relevant reports and publications. •Represent Atlas at relevant meetings and conferences. Job Requirements Education/Experience: •Master’s degree in education or the social sciences, with a preferred specialization in research methodology and knowledge or training in international education/international affairs. •Minimum of two years of research and/or evaluation internship experience or relevant experience as a research assistant. •Experience conducting social science research, especially in higher education or international education, including designing research studies, survey design and administration, and data collection. •Experience with data management is required and prior experience with large-scale data sets is preferred. •Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis is preferred. •Presentation and report writing experience. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: •Excellent research and analytical ability and knowledge of various research and evaluation approaches and methods. •Strong writing skills; clear and concise writing style; ability to synthesize complex informational materials and data for preparing reports. •Excellent presentation skills and the ability to convey complex information to a wide array of audiences. •International experience, knowledge of an additional United Nations official language preferred (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish). •Excellent communication ability in English, both written and verbal. •Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders, including study participants, research partners, and global stakeholders/collaborators. •Experience with internet software and database software knowledge. •Ability to work independently to complete assigned tasks as well as the initiative to anticipate project needs and respond accordingly. •Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and commitment to producing high-quality deliverables in a timely manner. • Ability to successfully implement simultaneous projects and competing demands in a fast-paced work environment. •Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel); familiarity with data analysis software: quantitative, for example SPSS, Stata, or SAS is required and qualitative, for example MaxQDA, Atlas TI is preferred. Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.