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Research Associate (Research Development and Philanthropy)

Application Procedure:

Please apply directly on our career site, and be sure to include a resume and cover letter.

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Are you looking for more than just a job and want to make difference? If so, then join the National Student Clearinghouse talent community and discover your impact today!  

We are a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization and the leading provider of educational reporting, data exchange, verification, and research services. Serving the education, workforce and learner communities has been at the heart of our mission for over 25 years. Our work — performed in a trusted, secure, and private environment — provides numerous time- and cost-saving benefits to students, schools, administrators, and requestors. 

About the Role:

As the Specialist II, Research and Data Analytics on the Research Development and Philanthropy team, no week will be quite the same. This group works with a wide variety of clients, each with their own particular questions about the state of education in the United States. This position plays a core role in custom research work, translating project designs into code which captures both the specs and intentions of the project. Just as important, the position must also be able to translate the outputs of their findings into formats that are understandable and usable by the client.

The Specialist II is responsible for working closely with team members and outside contacts to refine questions and ideas into usable forms that can arrive at meaningful answers. This position is  comfortable in the creation of their own data sets from the National Student Clearinghouse’s data collection, designing the logic and code necessary to work through the client’s questions, and the close attention to detail required for the Clearinghouse’s reputation for accurate and actionable results.

Currently, this position is 100% telework, however, as our company starts to return to our new normal, a hybrid work pattern, this position may be required to periodically work on-site at our office, and the frequency would depend on the department/division's requirements. Therefore, candidates must either reside within a reasonable distance to commute to our office, or be willing to travel to our office in Herndon and/or Pittsburgh, when required.

How You Contribute:

  • Demonstrate NSC’s competencies, which align with our corporate value Manager will provide more detail to candidates as needed.
    • Core Competencies include: Customer Focus, Optimizes Work Processes, Collaborates, Communicates Effectively, and Be Open and Authentic.

Job Qualifications

What You Bring to the Table:

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, Information/Data Science, Social Sciences, Statistics, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in conducting quantitative research projects, including manipulating, and analyzing large-scale data, administering quality assurance processes, and writing research findings.
  • Experience with SAS programming or other command line driven programming (Python, R, STATA, SPLUS, or SPSS syntax).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the demonstrated ability to communicate technical terms to a diverse audience.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, time management, and analytical skills.
  • Team player and the demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage projects, prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Demonstrates the Clearinghouse’s core competencies: customer focus, optimizes work processes, communicates effectively, collaborates, and is open and authentic.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and other collaboration tools.
  • Live within a commutable distance of Herndon, VA or may be performed remotely from any of the following states: AL, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, KY, ME, MD, NV, NJ, NM, NC, NY, OH, PA, TN, TX, VA, WV, WY. 
  • Are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a good faith basis for seeking an exemption from this requirement.

Additional Desired Requirements:

  • Strong research planning and project management capabilities with a demonstrated ability to conceptualize the design and develop the implementation plans to complete work timely.
  • General knowledge of the educational environment in the United States.
  • Experience working with large SAS databases.
  • Familiarity with national and state data sources in secondary and postsecondary education.
  • Working knowledge in Tableau or other data visualization software.

Physical Demands:

  • Use of a computer for 8 or more hours a day.
  • Use of a copy machine and telephone.
  • Frequently required to sit for 7 or more hours per day in close proximity to others in an open office environment.
  • Occasionally required to use hands and fingers to operate, handle, and reach.
  • Vision abilities include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Travel via car and airplane when needed for training or professional development (up to10%).

Institution Description

Founded in 1993 by the higher education community, the National Student Clearinghouse® relieves the administrative burdens and costs related to student data reporting and exchange. We are a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization and the leading provider of educational reporting, data exchange, verification, and research services. Our work — performed in a trusted, secure, and private environment — provides numerous time- and cost-saving benefits to students, schools, administrators, and requestors.

In addition, education leaders rely on the Clearinghouse’s unique national student data resources to better understand student pathways and outcomes in order to help students succeed.

Our research arm, the National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works with higher education institutions, states, districts, high schools, and educational organizations to better inform practitioners and policymakers about student educational pathways and enable informed decision making.


The National Student Clearinghouse provides a robust benefit program designed to help meet the needs of each employee and their family, both now and in the future. We offer comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as life and disability insurance benefits, for employees and their qualified dependents. Health care, dependent care, and limited purpose flexible spending accounts, as well as a health savings account, are options available for employees to set aside pre-taxed dollars for certain qualifying expenses. We offer a very generous 401k matching contribution program with the opportunity to defer pre-tax and Roth contributions, as well as catch-up contributions for those who are eligible! We are proud to offer a competitive paid leave program consisting of vacation, sick, and personal time, as well as paid holidays. Vacation time will accrue based on length of service, and new full-time hires can accrue up to 13 days of vacation and up to 10 days of sick time per year. On an annual basis, new employees may use up to 32 hours of accrued sick time as personal time. Additionally, the Clearinghouse observes at least 11 paid holidays per year.

Another perk is that employees have the option to get reimbursed for basic wholesale company and roadside assistance memberships (e.g., Costco and AAA) and to request a buy back on portions of unused accrued vacation based on tenure and certain other qualifications. Employees can further their education and professional development by using our Employee Education Assistance Program, which establishes reimbursement for qualified education expenses upon successful completion of the program, and leveraging the enterprise-wide LinkedIn Learning subscription. There are additional employee benefits, to find out more, please request a copy of our complete benefit package!

We reasonably believe that the salary range for this position is between $62,000 - $83,000.

Application Due Date: 2023-05-31
Job Start Date: 2023-05-31
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Herndon
State/Province/Region: VA
Institution: National Student Clearinghouse
Reports To: Managing Director, Research Development and Philanthropy
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Herndon, VA

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