Graduate Research Associate

Posted on1/4/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toJonathan Gagliardi
Reports in officeCenter for Policy Research and Strategy
Application due dateMarch 16 (for priority consideration)
Job start dateSeptember, 2018
State/ProvinceDistrict of Columbia
InstitutionAmerican Council on Education (ACE)
Institution descriptionThe American Council on Education's (ACE) Graduate Research Associate Program is housed in ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS) and is designed to provide graduate students a ‘real-world’ policy research experience within a leading national higher education association. Representing the interests of campus executives and leaders of higher education associations and organizations, ACE provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy, institutional strategy, and practice through advocacy, research, and programmatic initiatives.

CPRS collaborates with other ACE divisions (e.g., the Center for Educational Attainment and Innovation, the Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, Leadership, and the Division of Government and Public Affairs) and broader stakeholders to produce original reports, issue briefs, digital content, and convenings that provide policy audiences and institutional leaders with acute insight and rigorous analysis. Key areas of research include: 1) diversity and equity in higher education in the twenty-first century; 2) dynamic and resilient institutions; 3) transformational leadership; and 4) internationalization and global engagement.
Job dutiesThe primary responsibility of a Graduate Research Associate is to support and work with CPRS to conceptualize, design, produce, and disseminate research in support of ACE’s mission, programs, and services. Graduate Research Associates are expected to attend internal ACE meetings when necessary as well as policy conferences and events outside the organization. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have recently completed an accredited master’s or doctoral degree program.
QualificationsKnowledge of current issues in higher education, specifically related to CPRS’ themes and work
Strong analytical skills
Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative methods with advanced training and research experience in one of the two
Excellent written and oral communication skills and propensity to thrive in a team environment
Self-motivated with the ability to multi-task competing projects and priorities and work independently
Salary range$20,000 - $40,000
Salary benefitsThe salary is $3,250 per month. The position is a 9 month commitment (35 hours/week) beginning in September, 2018.
Application procedureTo apply, please submit the following materials:

Cover letter (no more than 2 pages)
Current resume/CV
Short answer essay questions (described below)
Unofficial transcript from graduate program
Two letters of recommendation (1 from a recent professor and 1from an advisor or supervisor)

Application materials should be submitted to ACE’s employment website.

The cover letter should describe areas of research interest, experience, and current expertise and how they relate or contribute to CPRS’ key areas of research (for descriptions of ongoing/past projects, please see the Graduate Research Associate Program webpage General questions should be sent to If you wish to send letters and/or other application materials in hard copy, send via post to, Center for Policy Research and Strategy, American Council on Education, c/o Elizabeth Howard, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 1B, Washington, DC 20036.