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Organization: Clayton Early Learning
Job title(s): Senior Research Associate
Description: POSITION SUMMARY: Clayton Early Learning is seeking a creative and experienced individual to serve as a Senior Research Associate (SRA). This person will bring significant expertise and experience working on projects within educational research. Using rigorous qualitative and quantitative social science research methods to assess program implementation and performance, the position partners with programs to design and carry out evaluation strategies needed to identify, improve, and ultimately reach key project and organizational goals. Current projects occur within early childhood educational settings, public and private preschools, public schools within K-12, library districts, and family homes. Research and evaluation findings are shared with a range of stakeholders including program leadership, external program partners, and a national audience of educators, researchers, and policymakers.

Full Description:

Conduct and oversee evaluation projects that apply qualitative and quantitative methods to assess programs and initiatives within and outside of the organization, drawing upon primary and secondary data including administrative data housed at Clayton, Denver Public Schools, and other sites.
Lead evaluations and perform major project tasks, including formulating research questions, writing evaluation plans and scopes of work, designing data collection and analytic plans, establishing and managing project timelines, and leading project deliverables.
Engage in collaborative relationships with partners and stakeholders to design and conduct implementation and outcome evaluation projects. This includes involving others in planning and design, as well as collecting, processing, managing, and sharing student-, classroom-, and organizational-level data. Demonstrate responsible professional behavior by participating effectively within and across teams.
Present evaluation findings and recommendations in briefings, reports, and presentations to lay and academic stakeholder audiences such as program staff, directors and executive leadership, professional associations, and other external organizations; prepare manuscripts for publication in academic journals.
Contribute to efforts that identify and respond to RFPs that align with and advance the organization's research and evaluation agenda.
Create effective systems (electronic and hard copy) for the gathering, quality assurance, and storage of all project data. Monitor and provide regular feedback on staff use of these systems.


We are looking for candidates that have strengths in three or more areas (in priority order):

1: Quantitative Analysis

2: Data Systems and Programming (e.g., databases, programming)

3: Implementation Science and Research (e.g., isolating effective program practices, conducting fidelity studies.)

4: Data Utilization, Visualization and Design (e.g., educator rapport, data dialogues, graphics, and web design)

5: Qualitative Analysis


Promote strong client relationships, professional networks and collaborations on high-visibility, public-facing projects.
Completion of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Basic Course on Human Research. Knowledge of and skill in preparing materials for institutional review.
Ability to build and maintain collaborative working relationships with community and Clayton program staff, children, and their parents.
Participate in statewide and Clayton-wide committees and task forces aligned with Clayton's strategic goals.
Occasional in- and out-of-state travel may be required.


Minimum education:

Master's degree required. Degree in Education, Educational Research Methods, Human Development & Family Studies, Psychology or a related field preferred. Doctoral degree preferred.
Work experience and qualifications:

Skilled in advanced quantitative research methods, with expertise in several of the following areas: survey methods, propensity score matching, regression discontinuity design, survival analysis, multi-level modeling, stratification and weighting.
Minimum of 5 years of experience designing and managing research projects with a minimum of three of the five years in applied research or program evaluation setting.
Significant experience in the field of early childhood education, particularly as it relates to research, evaluation, implementation science, policy, and/or data utilization.
Statistical and data management expertise required (i.e., the general linear model, multivariate procedures, sampling, weighting, merging and linking databases). Competency with at least one statistical package (e.g., SPSS) is required. Knowledge of Microsoft Access required and SQL or Tableau preferred.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with ability to interpret and communicate research findings to a variety of audiences including funders, Board members, program leadership, service providers and families.
Proficiency in Spanish (both written and spoken) is preferred.

Experience in relating to others who represent various backgrounds. May involve interaction with persons whose first language is not English. Work with other people taking into consideration, among the dynamics, their needs, personal styles, and job responsibilities.
Ability to develop and track project timelines, deadlines, and deliverables. Able to apply good time management and organization skills.
Must be able to speak, read, and write in fluent English.
Must be able to travel within Colorado to project locations and nationally to conference or training sites.
Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualification associated with the job.

Clayton Early Learning provides national leadership to advance the field of early childhood education by researching, implementing and disseminating innovative teaching models. Join our highly-skilled team as we promote educational equity for young children through family engagement, teacher preparation, and effective early education policy.


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