Fall 2015 RA Position in the Center on Reinventing Public Education

Application deadline: September 1, 2015

Notification: September 10, 2015
Start Date: September 16, 2015

The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) is a research center at the University of Washington Bothell. The Center engages in research and analysis aimed at developing focused, effective and accountable public schools and systems that support them. The Center’s work seeks to inform community leaders, policy makers, school and school system leaders, and the research community. The Center pursues a national program of research and development on policy proposals such as charter schools, school contracting, equitable district budgeting policies, choice, and school system decentralization. It also conducts research into reform initiatives in Washington State and the Seattle Public Schools. More information on the Center’s work is available at http://www.crpe.org.

CRPE is seeking a Research Assistant for the 2015 Autumn Quarter, with the potential for continued employment, depending on funding and performance.

CRPE is located in an off-campus office in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood (a short bus trip from the Seattle Campus and accessible with University Transit Service).

The CRPE Research Assistant will support a research project that examines the characteristics and implications of different governance arrangements in urban areas where parents can choose to send their children to a range of publically funded schools, including traditional public schools, charter schools, and, in some cases, voucher schools. The array of school choice in these cities raises important questions about how to oversee and support public education when it is co-produced by many different organizations. The project uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine governance models in a variety of cities with the goal of better understanding how government can productively oversee and support a dynamic system of publically funded schools.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties and responsibilities include…

Assisting with administrative project tasks, specifically:

  • Building quantitative datasets using public and confidential data (e.g., student achievement data, data on school choice and governance)
  • Building qualitative datasets using confidential interview data
  • Creating and maintaining documentation on datasets and procedures
  • Assisting staff with IRB and data licensing requirements
  • Analyzing quantitative data from various sources using advanced correlational techniques (e.g., logistic regression, time series analyses)
  • Assisting staff in generating reports, tables, and graphical displays

Assisting with research papers, presentations and analyses, specifically:

  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Providing accurate references and methodology descriptions for research papers
  • Analyzing data using econometric/statistical analyses
  • Creating presentation slides using PowerPoint

Other duties as assigned.

The Research Assistant will report to Dr. Betheny Gross, CRPE Research Director & Sr. Research Analyst, and will consult closely with the Center’s research staff.

Applicants must be a UW student currently enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program in Political Science, Policy Studies, Sociology, Statistics, Education, or other related field.

Additional minimum requirements:
Candidates must possess excellent organizational skills, at least one year of demonstrated research experience, a minimum of two years of experience with R and/or Stata, and familiarity with Microsoft Excel, and PowerPoint. Also required are excellent written and oral communication skills, and an ability to work independently and as part of a team. Some background in education policy is preferred.

How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and CV/resume to: Allison Saville at asaville@uw.edu by COB Tuesday 9/1/15. Please include “CRPE RA APPLICATION” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled.

This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/apl/union-info.html