Career Opportunities

Education Research Associate

Flexible: Part-Time or Full-Time

Location: Illinois

Application Due Date: February 15th

About EduDream

EduDream is a Latina owned research and consulting firm that partners with schools, foundations, and nonprofits working to ensure educational equity for racially and economically diverse students and communities. We advance our mission by engaging in research and program evaluation, data analytics and insights, community needs assessments, and strategic planning that uncover systemic issues, explain program impact, and leverage evidence to drive strategy and decision-making. Our team has worked with leading philanthropic and education organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Teach for America, The Aspen Institute, and Partnership for College Completion.


Position Description

EduDream is seeking a research associate to support current projects while allowing them to broaden professional skills and experiences. The research associate will be instrumental in ensuring successful client engagements and will have the opportunity to engage across multiple aspects of EduDream’s efforts to advance educational equity. This position is a junior-level role designed for someone eager to learn what it takes to run a high-functioning, mission-driven organization. The successful candidate will bring research, evaluation, and project management experience to support both long- and short-term projects as needed.


Our Culture

At EduDream, we believe that a great workplace is one where you are inspired by your colleagues and deeply engaged in your work every day. We believe in mutual respect and trust, and value diversity in informing our views and work. We move nimbly, iterating quickly to improve, and collaborating constantly to deliver useful solutions that advance educational equity.


As we grow, we seek new team members who possess the following core characteristics:

  • You are committed to continuous learning and growth.

  • You want to co-create and be a part of a high-functioning team.

  • You are able to engage others in pursuit of our mission to advance educational equity.

  • You thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.

  • You approach work as a dedicated and self-driven professional.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct literature reviews and policy scans on key educational issues.

  • Develop research databases.

  • Assist in the design and management of evaluation tools, such as surveys, interview protocols, and focus group protocols. This includes data instrument development, online programming of surveys, data entry, and quality control.

  • Support qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, including gathering data, cleaning data, and conducting analysis.

  • Prepare documents (i.e. memos, slide decks, briefs) and sections of reports (including charts and graphs) that describe and interpret research findings.

  • Provide project support, including but not limited to client communication, outreach, and follow-ups; scheduling support; monitoring and revising work plans, etc.

  • Communicate effectively, orally or in writing, with clients, site-based staff, and other project stakeholders.


Position Qualifications

Interested applicants should possess many of the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred

  • At least two (2) years of relevant work experience, preferably in nonprofit or education settings

  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods

  • Willingness to learn and expand quantitative and qualitative skills

  • Experience with data analysis (proficiency in Excel and/or statistical software such as STATA or SPSS)

  • Accuracy with work, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail

  • Strong communicator who is responsive to feedback, collaborative, and a team player

  • Ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with others

  • Ability to work productively in a web-based environment, both independently and in teams

  • Flexibility to handle multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadline pressure

  • Effective time management skills

  • A sense of initiative and willingness to ask questions and self-advocate in the work environment

  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to educational equity

  • Interest in learning more about key education issues and collaborative research and data


To Apply:


In lieu of a cover letter, please send responses to the questions below, along with your resume, to: In the email subject line, include: First and Last Name followed by “Research Associate.”

  1. Why do you want to work with EduDream?

  2. What experience do you have supporting or conducting education research?

  3. Describe your approach to coordinating and managing multiple projects with competing deadlines.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the due date.

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