About: The Student Social Support R&D Lab uses data and behavioral science to develop and prove scalable, high ROI interventions that mobilize and empower students’ social support systems to improve achievement. It is a diverse, public-minded, and collaborative team. For more information, visit www.studentsocialsupport.org.
Positions: We are hiring one person for each position. Both positions can begin late spring or summer (as late as August). They are located at Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, MA.
Research Fellow (Project Manager) - www.studentsocialsupport.org/project-manager
Research Fellow (Data Analysis) - www.studentsocialsupport.org/data-analysis
The Research Fellows will join professor Todd Rogers and his team in the Student Social Support R&D Lab (S3 R&D Lab) at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School. The S3 R&D Lab works on projects at the intersection of education, psychology, judgment and decision-making, and behavioral science. Most of the S3 R&D Lab’s research projects explore the impact on student achievement of mobilizing the support of students' family and friends. This education intervention research takes place in a range of educational settings, including K-12 schools and districts, online universities, state and community colleges, and MOOCs. These educational settings are primarily based in the United States.
Research Fellow - Project Manager
The position entails managing a portfolio of research projects from start to finish, which includes study design, implementation, managing school/district partnerships, collection of data, and final reporting. Project Managers work closely with Data Analyst Research Fellows on all aspects of data management and analysis (experience/expertise in data analysis is not required for the Project Manager position). The position also involves responsibilities related to supporting the overall operations of the lab, such as attending meetings with Institutional Review Board (IRB) staff, tracking project expenses, and working with mailing and phone vendors. This S3 Lab team is collaborative, which means that all members support projects in other Project Managers' portfolios by assisting with implementation of in-school surveys, troubleshooting project challenges, etc. Some travel in the domestic US is required. The Research Fellow position is an excellent opportunity for those interested in eventually pursuing advanced degrees and/or careers in research.
Research Fellows (Project Manager) should have a combination of the following skills:
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, which involves:
- collaborating with multiple key stakeholders
- communicating with a variety of audiences about each project
- managing multiple work streams and timelines per project
- Strong attention to detail and ability to problem solve on the spot
- Comfort in, and familiarity with, K-12 schools and/or colleges (preferably experience teaching or working with under-resourced communities)
- Strong writing, editing, organization, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work with and manage a small, diverse, and highly collaborative research team
- Enthusiasm for learning new skills quickly on the job
- Understanding of experimental design
- Experience conducting field research useful but not necessary
- Comfort with statistical analysis and software useful but not necessary (e.g., SPSS, Stata, or R)
Basic Requirements: BA/BS degree. MA or PhD a plus
Applicants should submit résumé and cover letter as PDF attachments to Adan Acevedo (Adan_Acevedo@hks.harvard.edu). Please put “Project Manager Application” in the subject line. Finalists may be asked to submit writing samples or transcripts and may be asked to perform a task simulation.
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Note: We are only able to hire people who are eligible to work in the United States without needing the University's visa sponsorship.