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Organization: WestEd
Job title(s): Research Assistant Job#5698
The Health & Justice Program (HJP) seeks a Research Assistant to contribute to our growing portfolio of research and evaluation projects. The candidate will support Project Directors and other research team members in carrying out our research and evaluation activities on multiple projects across various justice and prevention subject areas. The Research Assistant will work as part of a team to assist with study design, data collection, data analysis, report-writing, and dissemination. Central to this role will be the ability to work with a broad range of individuals (e.g., researchers, study participants, school administrators), willingness to learn and take on new tasks and the ability to adapt in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. This position may be located in any of HJP's office locations, including: Alameda, CA; Boston, MA; Los Alamitos, CA; Washington, D.C.

Full Description:
Position Title: Research Assistant
Reports to: Senior Research Associate
Program: Health & Justice
Salary: Level E
Location: Alameda, CA; Boston, MA; Washington, DC
Time Base: 100%
Position No: 5698

WestEd - a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency - works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd has offices nationwide, from Massachusetts, Vermont, and Georgia, to Arizona and California, with headquarters in San Francisco.

The Health & Justice Program (HJP) promotes health, well-being, and safety across the lifespan through high quality assessment, research, evaluation, and technical assistance. For over 30 years, HJP staff have helped stakeholders apply the best research-based knowledge and practice to create safe, supportive, equitable, and healthy environments and to promote positive development, deep engagement in learning, college and career readiness, and physical, social, and emotional wellness, especially among youth, adults, and families in the most challenging circumstances.

Staff work directly with clients to provide formative and summative evaluation services employing a variety of evaluation research methodologies including randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental designs, survey research and case studies.

Linking research and practice, HJP helps clients assess their strengths and needs, use data to guide decision-making, develop action plans that implement evidence-based practices that address identified needs and foster systems change and continuous program improvement, and monitor and evaluate program implementation and outcomes.

Prepare annotated bibliographies to provide a research base for evaluation designs.

Assist with instrument development (e.g., surveys, observation tools, and rubrics) and with the preparation of IRB materials and applications.

Conduct web searches and download data from state data sources.

Coordinate and schedule meetings and data collection activities such as interviews, focus groups, and survey administrations.

Perform field research with minimal supervision.

Request information of local and state agencies (e.g., schools, law enforcement, health agencies, community providers).

Manage large data sets, effectively summarize descriptive data, have demonstrated experience with SPSS or Stata or similar software.

Develop coding schemes for qualitative data such as interview, observation, and text comments. Experience using qualitative analyses software (e.g., ATLAS.ti, Dedoose) preferred.

Conduct literature reviews.

Assist with writing and proofreading reports, including preparation of graphic (i.e., data tables and charts) and written (i.e., bulleted or narrative text) summaries of findings.

Prepare nonevaluative and nonanalytic sections of reports (e.g., methodology, appendices, references) for small- to medium-sized projects.

Be able to work in educational settings by showing respect for and understanding of the structure of how teachers and administrations function.

Perform other tasks that support the research and evaluation projects.

Bachelor's degree in social or behavioral sciences (e.g., public health, criminology, psychology), or education, with coursework in quantitative and qualitative methods and data analysis. Master's degree preferred.

Experience designing or administering surveys, preferably with web based survey systems and HTML programming.

Experience in conducting interviews and observations.

Experience managing data sets and using descriptive statistics in SPSS or Stata.

Experience with content analysis of qualitative data.

Experience compiling and organizing qualitative data sets (narrative text and documents) for efficient analyses in ATLAS.ti or Dedoose.

Ability to develop charts, tables, and other graphics for reports and presentations.

Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies for data collection, analysis, and reporting of findings.

Ability to work across multiple projects, manage multiple tasks, and report to multiple project directors and coordinators simultaneously.

Strong writing and communication skills.

Strong knowledge of MS Office, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

Excellent organizational skills.

Demonstrated ability to work as a team player and to treat staff and clients respectfully.

Ability to travel throughout the country for site visits and onsite interviews.

Ability to provide and accept constructive criticism.

Must be authorized to work in USA (visa sponsorship not available).

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Human Resources
730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

WestEd is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veterans' status or other status protected by applicable law.
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