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Research & Analytics Associate

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Possible Project (TPP) is looking for a research and analytics associate who has the passion and skills to help improve our educational programming. This role calls for someone who is dedicated to supporting students by conducting rigorous evaluation and using data to strengthen programming. Under the guidance of TPP's Vice President of Evaluation and Learning, the research and analytics associate will play a pivotal role collecting and analyzing data to improve our educational programming. This role provides opportunities to develop multiple quantitative and qualitative skills, such as program analytics and survey design.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Coordination

  • Coordinate meetings of an advisory team of national experts, including drafting agendas and meeting minutes.

Data Collection

  • Administer surveys and use observation rubrics to measure social-emotional competencies, job-readiness skills, and science/technology/engineering/art and design/math (STEAM) interest and skills.
  • Collect, clean, organize:
    • Partner school administrative data (student attendance, grades, and behavior).
    • Curriculum and pedagogy implementation data.
    • National Student Clearinghouse data (alumni postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion).
  • Use surveys to collect data on the TPP student experience, student attrition and alumni employment.
  • Periodically rate student engagement during classes using observations and surveys.

Analysis and Reporting

  • Working with the Vice President of Evaluation & Learning, analyze observational, survey, and program administrative data and report findings to TPP leaders, the TPP board, and externally.
  • Analyze data on student engagement, report findings to program teams, and support use of data for program improvement and design
  • Help vice president conduct qualitative case studies of students and report findings to TPP leaders, the TPP board, and externally..

Research and Publishing

  • Connect with and learn from relevant educational organizations.
  • Review and summarize relevant educational literature.
  • Co-author academic journal submissions.

QUALIFICATIONS & MINDSETS

While there is no perfect resume, we will likely be most interested in your application if you fulfill most or all of the following:

  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of youth, particularly those who are underserved, recent immigrants, and/or face barriers to success;
  • Proficiency with Excel; familiarity with statistical software (such as R or Stata) a plus;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • 1+ years of quantitative and/or qualitative research experience preferred;
  • Highly organized;
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to work;
  • Sincere interest to work collaboratively with an energized, committed and creative team;
  • A true team player, with an upbeat personality and a good sense of humor;
  • Ability to anticipate and identify problems putting forward solutions that are creative, innovative and flexible; and
  • A bachelor's degree or commensurate experience is required.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrates the organization’s key values:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

RESPECT

TEAMWORK

RESILIENCE

INTEGRITY

FUN


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The Possible Project offers a robust compensation and benefit package including high quality health benefits and an employer contribution to your 401(k) plan.


ABOUT THE POSSIBLE PROJECT

For the past eight years, The Possible Project  has built, implemented, assessed and refined a model for after-school programming that provides high school students in Cambridge and Boston with an opportunity to: a) create and take products to market, b) partner with local businesses for real-work design and business operations projects, c) have access to industry and professional mentors who can help hone their skills and grow their access to networks of supportive adults, and d) receive pathways counseling for post-secondary opportunities.

Through our program, students have the opportunity to dream up, design and create real products for sale in our cutting edge Makerspace and to create custom design and fabrication projects for external clients through TPP’s Made Possible enterprise.  Our impact stretches beyond the skills learned by the students who participate; we use entrepreneurship as a mechanism for bolstering creativity, fostering perseverance, harnessing optimism and revealing the possible.

The Possible Project is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please visit possibleproject.org.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Possible Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.

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We believe in the power of positivity, and that people deserve to be happy both at home and at work.  That's why we focus on three key components to find the right match for each of our current openings: aligning your individual strengths with the requirements of the role, finding work you feel passionate about, and ensuring your values match those of the organization.

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