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Research Assistant, Youth, Family, and Community Development

Company: American Institutes For Research
Location: rockville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Established in 1946, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world. AIR works with federal, state, and local government agencies, philanthropies and other organizations to conduct research and evaluation and provide technical assistance in the areas of education, health and workforce development, in the U.S. and abroad.

AIR's Youth, Family, and Community Development program area is seeking Research Assistants to join us as we work to foster equitable pathways for youth, families, and communities to thrive through cross sector collaboration with programs, providers, and systems. Our program area includes projects that address a variety of content areas in community, school, and justice settings:

* Public Health, Schools, and Communities (e.g., community engagement, comprehensive safety in schools and in communities, mental health promotion and school-based mental health services, school discipline, social determinants of health, suicide prevention, trauma-informed care and approaches, and violence prevention), * Thriving Youth & Justice Systems (e.g., adolescent science, criminal justice and policing, intergenerational supports for families impacted by the justice system, juvenile justice, re-entry and supports, restorative justice, social justice, youth engagement, and youth led movements), * Whole Child Learning & Development in K-12 Educational Settings (e.g., conditions for learning, mindsets and mindfulness, restorative practices, school climate, science of learning and development, and social and emotional learning and related frameworks), and * Youth Development & Family Engagement (e.g., arts, community schools, family engagement, nature and environmental education, out-of-school time, sports, youth engagement, and youth leadership development).

This position can be located out of any of the following AIR locations once offices are reopened: Crystal City, VA; Rockville, MD; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; or Chapel Hill, NC.


* Conduct literature reviews to support projects and proposals * Assist in the identification, review, and development of scholarly information to inform and/or describe project findings and deliverables * Conduct data collection (e.g., via interviews, focus groups, surveys), qualitative and/or quantitative analysis, and review of research and evaluation data * Summarize findings for project reports * Assist with the development of tools and resources for the field * Develop and disseminate communications (e.g., via websites, social media) * Support the planning and implementation of national and/or project meetings and events * Provide managerial support on projects (e.g., preparing materials, note-taking during meetings, budgeting and invoicing)


We seek enthusiastic, creative, and committed critical thinkers to join our program area. Specific qualifications include:

* Bachelor's degree in such fields as economics, psychology, sociology, statistics, computer science, public policy, public health or other social science related fields * Passionate about topics related to youth, family, and community development (see program area description above) * Interest in and commitment to learning new and/or applying existing skills in research and evaluation, technical assistance, and/or policy work (prior experience a plus but not required) * Intern, volunteer, or work experience in organizations that support youth, family, or community development a plus but not required * Excellent written and oral communication skills * Comfortable working independently under supervision while committed to details and quality * Strong teamwork skills and positive contributor to team efficiency * Strong time management, organizational skills, and the ability to multitask * Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite or the equivalent (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software) * Commitment to working in a culturally competent work environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Keywords: American Institutes For Research, Rockville , Research Assistant, Youth, Family, and Community Development, Other , rockville, Maryland

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