Position Title: Research Associate
Immediate Supervisor: Researcher
Salary Range: $30,000 – $45,000
Full-time availability preferred. Less than full time may be an option depending on funding and candidate availability
A BA/BS in any field is required. Excellent communication skill, both written and verbal is also a must. This position requires comfort with the use of technologies such as video teleconferencing, the ability to think analytically with attention to detail, and to listen carefully and ask clarifying questions. The candidate must also have the ability to write or type quickly enough to capture the main points of a meeting. It is preferred that the candidate has a background or interest in education, especially in STEM as well as experience with qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis. The familiarity with Excel as well as statistical software packages (R, SPSS, Stata) and/or qualitative packages (NVivio, ATLAS.ti) is also preferred.
The Research Associate will assist with many aspects of research and evaluation studies, including data collection and analysis. Such studies typically have the goal of determining the appeal and effectiveness of existing MMSA programs, as well as providing feedback to the project team about how programs might be improved, and determining the overall impact of such programs. Studies use a range of data collection methods, including surveys, phone calls, focus groups, and in-person interviews with youth and adults.
The Associate will:
- Work with MMSA staff to create and refine appropriate data-collection tools;
- Conduct interviews with youth and adults, by phone, online, and in person;
- Take detailed notes and ask clarifying questions where needed;
- Code, organize, and analyze data;
- Contribute to the designing and refining of survey, interview, and observation instruments;
- Write and edit reports;
- Create and maintain simple data storage and documentation systems;
- Other duties as assigned.
The Associate will be expected to attend at least weekly team meetings at the MMSA offices in-person and will be expected to travel occasionally (including rare overnights) to collect data at locations elsewhere in Maine. They will be able to work from home for part of their time if desired.
Please send a letter of interest that includes your availability, resume and three academic or professional references by email to HR@mmsa.org or by regular mail to:
Maine Mathematic and Science Alliance
ATTN: Human Resource Director
219 Capitol Street, Suite 3
Augusta, ME 04330.
Materials should be submitted by February 24, 2017, to ensure full consideration.