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Research Assoc/Sn Research Assoc Coll Excellence Prg.

Application Procedure:

Please click the following link to fill out the application for the Research Associate/Senior Research Associate position at the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. 

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Job Duties

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Qualitative and Quantitative Research:

  • Conducts background research for literature reviews 

  • Designs qualitative research interview guides, conducts research interviews with higher education executives and practitioners, and records interview findings into organized notes 

  • Uses Microsoft Excel or other data tools like Tableau to conduct basic data analyses using sources such as the National Center for Education Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the American Community Survey—works with the director and other teammates to determine the right questions to ask

  • Synthesizes qualitative and quantitative information into summaries and/or literature reviews

  • Translates findings of data analyses and qualitative research into compelling narratives and action-oriented products for higher education executives, such as slide decks, short case studies, frameworks, and infographics

  • Contributes to short (e.g., blog posts, case studies) and long-form research products (e.g., The Transfer Playbook, The Workforce Playbook)

Project Management:

  • Lead the project management of the research process (e.g., setting project timelines; scheduling virtual research interviews, in-person site visits to campuses, project check-ins with collaborators and research team; managing deadlines)

  • Manage the editorial, design, and publication processes for written products

Job Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (or 4 years of work experience in qualitative and quantitative research)

  • More than 1 year of relevant experience (including experiences during school) for associates, more than 3-4 years of relevant experience for senior associates. We will determine your seniority based on your experience level in both research and project management. 

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; ability to write and edit research deliverables suitable for executive-level audiences or consumption by the general public 

  • Strong project management skills, and ability to set and meet deadlines across multiple multi-part projects

  • Ability to navigate data sources such as the National Center for Education Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the American Community Survey

  • Ability to perform beginner-to-intermediate-level analyses in Microsoft Excel (e.g., weighted averages, parse large datasets by different variables)

  • You are excited by the idea of harnessing the complexities of collaboration and truly believe that collaboration produces a better product than you could have achieved on your own

  • Reputation for internalizing feedback to take your work to the next level.

  • Animated by CEP’s mission to improve higher education outcomes for historically marginalized communities through institutional excellence

Institution Description

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.


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Application Due Date: 2022-07-25
Job Start Date: 2022-08-15
Salary: $60000 - $85000
City: Washington
State/Province/Region: DC
Institution: Aspen Institute College Excellence Program
Reports To: The Director of Bachelor's Attainment: Transfer
Staff # Reporting to Position: 10
Reports In Office: (Remote) Aspen Institute College Excellence Program

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