Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Project Assistant for the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Reporting to the Assistant Director/Assistant PI of the New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System, this position is responsible for assisting in the execution of workforce development, education and training research activities, studies, technical assistance activities, and program evaluation projects.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Assists in preparing meeting agendas, meeting summaries, research briefs, and other research or evaluation project materials, producing timely and high-quality writing, tabular and visual materials for research reports and presentations, and assisting in research project management activities such as monitoring project budgets, preparing financial and progress reports as well as communicating with study sponsors on study progress.
Conducts and writes literature reviews.
Processing, cleaning, and verifying the integrity of data used for analysis.
Developing research designs for studies and evaluations involving quantitative and qualitative methods.
Assists in the development of data collection protocols and IRB packages.
Assists in data collection, including conducting interviews and focus groups, developing transcripts, and supporting data analysis.
Provides governance, maintenance, and data analysis support to the New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System (NJEEDS).
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree preferably in public policy, social work, education, sociology or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to work independently.
Excellent verbal, writing and analytical, organizational and attention to detail skills, computer literacy and general Internet and electronic communication skills.
Master's degrees and three years of relevant work in academia, government or a nonprofit research or social services agency, and/or experience working in prior social science research studies.
Experience with using one or more statistical programming languages (especially R or Python) and/or experience in working with SQL databases.
The position is expected to have a strong command of Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint. Position requires training in a tool for used quantitative analysis or querying data (SQL).
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.