Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. For students who are excited to investigate the biggest issues of the 21st century, Harvard offers an unparalleled student experience and a gen...erous financial aid program, with over $160 million awarded to more than 60% of our undergraduate students. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.
The research assistant (RA) will work on a range of issues related to education and achievement gaps. The main project will be a study of community-level systems for children and families in the Midwest. This study will require some travel and approximately five days per month away from Cambridge, on site in the study city.
In addition, the RA will contribute to and provide support for a variety of ongoing projects and initiatives at the Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI). The RA will work closely with the director of the AGI, related staff, and affiliates.
Primary research-related tasks:
Contribute to literature review on how foundations can conceive and support out-of-school time systems (OST).
Develop interview protocols.
Conduct in-depth interviews with foundation officers and other experts around the nation.
Survey and conduct interviews with foundation grantees.
Conduct relevant research to inform a conceptual framework for the project.
Summarize findings in memos and other written products. The RA will write, edit and proofread a variety of deliverables for the project in conjunction with the AGI's director.
Establish and maintain relationships with a variety of internal and external partners including foundation staff, OST providers, and members of the AGI team.
Coordinate site visits and schedule meetings.
Provide regular and thoughtful feedback to AGI director and foundation staff.
Manage email correspondence.
Supervise temporary research assistants, work-study students and other AGI affiliates on a variety of projects.
Teaching support: Assist with the preparation of course syllabi, handouts and presentations; find relevant online materials; request copyright permissions, as necessary; and post course material to class web page.
Other tasks: Plan and coordinate AGI events; conduct outreach and provide support for AGI student group t
Please upload your cover letter and resume as one document. Please submit a writing sample as an attachment with your application.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.
Finalists may be asked to provide a copy of transcript.
This position is a fully benefits eligible term appointment ending 5/31/2015, with the possibility of renewal. Note: The AGI staff work hours are from 10:30am- 6:30pm.
Salary Grade: 053
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
One to two years of administrative and/or research experience. Demonstrated computer literacy (including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and computer research skills are required. Basic knowledge of research methods is required.
Applicants will be required to submit writing samples as part of the application process.
College background required. One year of coursework or experience related to economics, statistics or policy is required; more is desirable. Master's degree preferred. Coursework or experience related to education, social policy or collective impact approaches is highly desirable, but not required. Some statistical background in regression analyses and experience using STATA is also desirable.
An ideal candidate will be someone who pays attention to detail, has the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, has exemplary oral and written communication skills, a demonstrated ability to translate analyses into insights and recommendations, and highly effective organizational skills. The individual will also be flexible, personable, proactive, creative, professional, and have a sense of humor.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.