P-12 Research Associate or Senior Associate


The Education Trust seeks a P-12 Research Associate or Senior Associate.

About the Organization

The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college; increase college access and completion, particularly for historically underserved students; engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity; and increase political and public will to act on equity issues.

Major Responsibilities

Reporting to the Research Director, the Research Associate (or Senior Associate) will help to shape and execute The Education Trust’s P-12 research agenda each year, with an eye toward “usability” for equity advocates and policymakers. This research will support the organization’s policy advocacy agenda at the federal, state, and local levels. We work to ensure success for students of color and students from low-income families, by closing gaps in access to, among other things:

  • Strong, diverse educators
  • College and career readiness
  • School funding
  • Equity-centered social, emotional, and academic development
  • Evidence-informed school improvement efforts
  • High-quality early childhood education

Projects will include use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches to identify and highlight:

  • Inequities in opportunity (that can be paired with policy recommendations at the federal, state, and local levels to make the case for change)
  • Best practices/bright spots that help us understand what success looks like, why we see success, and how it can be replicated
  • Voices and experiences of students, families, and educators of color and students and families from low-income backgrounds

To execute those projects, the Associate/Senior Associate will:

  • Identify key research questions
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses, including:
    • Use of existing national and state data sources
    • Collection of new data (developing and administering interview and focus group protocols as well as national or place-based surveys)
  • Conduct literature reviews on education and policy research from academic and public sources to inform Ed Trust positions
  • Translate complicated research topics and methods into actionable briefs, reports, and position papers, as well as accessible tools, including explainer videos, webinars, and other advocate-friendly materials
  • Give external presentations on Ed Trust research to education practitioners, policymakers, advocates, members of the media, and others
  • Support senior leadership in communicating research and recommendations by drafting talking points and statements (in collaboration with the communications team).

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 1 year of relevant experience and a doctorate, master’s degree, or equivalent in education, psychology, or related field for the associate position (note that the 1 year of relevant experience could have been obtained during school or before entering the program – recent graduates are welcome to apply); at least 4-6 years of relevant experience and a doctorate, master’s degree, or equivalent in education, psychology, or related field for the senior associate position
  • Knowledge of research methodology and design
  • Demonstrated proficiency with statistical analysis and statistical software (e.g., R, Stata, SAS, or SPSS). Analysis with nationally representative samples a plus.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with qualitative analysis and related software (e.g., Dedoose or nVivo)
  • Ability to translate and communicate results of complex, nuanced research findings to diverse audiences, as well as the ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively planning research projects, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a passionate commitment to expanding opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds and students of color, and a belief that each student can achieve academically and deserves a high-quality education
  • Seeks and appreciates feedback on his or her own work, strives for self-improvement and self-reflection
  • Takes initiative
  • Thrives in a highly collaborative work environment


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.