Open Position

Research Scientist


AnLar has a lot of internal talent among our staff and our subcontractors. For this reason, this job posting is for current AnLar staff or subcontractors only. Because of our work together, we know you are passionate about expanding educational opportunities for underserved communities, and you are a problem solver with strong critical thinking and communication skills.

AnLar’s research team is looking for a team player to work on evaluations of STEM programs in rural Tennessee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Ideally, you already have knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards (or are interested in gaining this knowledge) and enjoy conducting education research in schools.

AnLar’s benefits package is a reflection of our commitment to putting our people first. Our benefits include generous paid vacation time; competitive medical, dental, and vision insurance; a monthly wellness stipend; annual professional development stipend; a volunteer matching program; and a 401K match, among others. The salary range for this position is $80-100,000. This position will begin June 1, 2023.

We’ve also implemented a no negotiation policy. We don’t believe in “low balling” candidates or making a game out of negotiations. Instead, we make data-driven offers based on a candidate’s skills and related experience, aligned with our company-wide salary structure. To keep AnLar’s compensation equitable, we ask that you only apply if these salary practices and range align with your preferences!

Opportunities you’ll get to take on:

  • Identify research questions and define outcomes for priority evaluations in collaboration with clients. Develop study designs detailing background, research questions, methods, and analysis plans. Develop theories of change and select appropriate evaluation methods to address evidence gaps. Create quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments.
  • Use knowledge, methods, and tools for planning, scheduling, coordinating, managing, providing oversight, and quality control for evaluation projects and contracts, including people, processes, resources and time.
  • Collect, compile, validate, analyze, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data to identify patterns, outliers, and relationships, and to generate evaluation findings.
  • Perform simple to moderately complex analyses using standard software packages, such as STATA, SAS, R, or other specialized applications.
  • Lead qualitative data collection and analysis by drafting data collection protocols; conducting focus groups, interviews, or site visits; taking notes or creating interview transcripts; and coding and summarizing interview data.
  • Identify appropriate methods of data collection to answer formative questions and measure fidelity of implementation.
  • Summarize, write, and present research and evaluation findings to varied audiences (practitioner and researcher, internal and external, technical and non-technical, etc) through materials including reports, presentations, journal articles, and short summaries.
  • Advise and consult with technical and nontechnical stakeholders on evaluations and evaluation activities (e.g. logic models, methodology, defining fidelity of implementation, etc.). 
  • Translate, disseminate, and support use of actionable evaluation findings through charts, graphs, and other data visualizations.
  • Conduct literature reviews using internet and database search techniques, and summarize relevant information for projects and proposals.
  • Train and supervise research assistants and interns on research and analysis tasks.
  • Participate in business development efforts by identifying opportunities and contributing to the proposal development process.
  • Help to co-create an inclusive team environment by welcoming discussions on diversity, equity, and inclusion at AnLar.

Who the right candidate is:

  • Has a Master’s degree in sociology, psychology, economics, public policy, demography or other social science field and 3+ years of demonstrated job experience applying mixed-methods research with human subjects, ideally in an educational setting. 
  • Is comfortable and confident proposing and conducting quantitative data analysis using Stata, SAS, R, or other specialized statistical software applications. 
  • Has 3+ years of experience working with education stakeholders conducting needs assessments, developing logic models, designing evaluation plans, developing and implementing data collection protocols, conducting evaluations, and communicating results.
  • Is passionate about working to improve educational opportunities, especially for historically marginalized communities. We are looking for someone who is excited and eager to engage and support schools that serve students of color and students from households with low incomes.
  • Has strong writing skills and tailors writing to different audiences — from email communication to publications for clients. 
  • Wants to work in and develop a learning culture; is open to new ideas and making mistakes.
  • Is an active listener who is able to remain responsive and flexible in challenging situations.
  • Is able to build genuine relationships with clients and the project team. Is driven to figure out what the client needs (not just what they want) in collaboration with the team. 
  • Is organized and able to keep track of shifting priorities and stay on top of deadlines.
  • Is proactive in communication by raising issues and proposing solutions early and often. 
  • Is comfortable working collaboratively in Google applications.
  • Is legally authorized to work in the United States on an ongoing basis without sponsorship (sorry, we are too small to sponsor at this time!).

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter. The letter should describe an area of interest and how the applicant plans to bring their skills and experience to the teams evaluating the FirstHand program, the STEM.LD program, and working with the SPACE-IT team. Describe how you would like to grow your skills over the next few years with the team and opportunities you might want to pursue. Please submit application materials by March 6th, 2023. 

Diversity is valued and inclusion is reflected in our efforts to recruit, develop, and engage the diverse staff needed to accomplish our mission. 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.

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