Research Associate

Posted on7/31/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toAssociate Director of Research
Reports in officeEducational Content and Policy
Application due dateOpen until filled
Job start dateAs soon as 8/14/2017
InstitutionNational Association for College Admission Counseling
Institution descriptionNACAC is an education association of more than 16,000 postsecondary and secondary schools, organizations, counselors, and college admission and financial aid officers that work with students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education.
Job dutiesCollect and analyze data for the annual Admission and Counseling Trends surveys

Draft research reports, issue briefs, and other publications using research from NACAC surveys and other sources.

Monitor and summarize research on college admission counseling in various media, including academic journals, association periodicals, annual reports and publications, and other sources; develop content based on research.

Analyze data from national data sources, such as the Common Data Set and IPEDS, and draft research reports for the association in conjunction with other public policy staff.

Assist the associate director of research on major research projects, including quantitative and qualitative studies.

Attend meetings and conferences of higher education/admission professionals where college admission counseling research is discussed.

Other duties as necessary or as assigned.
Master’s degree preferred. Bachelor’s degree required.

Prior experience in education research or other social science research preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to design, administer, and analyze survey research

Strong writing skills

Ability to process current research and summarize for a practitioner audience

Basic proficiency with SPSS (or similar) statistical software, including exploratory and descriptive data analysis, variable recoding, and merging data sets

Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills

Attention to detail

Willingness to work without direct supervision.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsNACAC offers competitive compensation, an excellent benefits & retirement package, and a convenient location situated between the Clarendon and Courthouse metro stations in Arlington, Virginia.
Application procedureTo apply, candidates are required to submit a cover letter, salary requirements, and résumé. Applications may be submitted via email to or via NACAC’s Career Center website. Applications submitted without all three requirements (cover letter, salary requirements, and résumé) will not be considered.