Research Associate

Who We Are 

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is a national organization that conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape education policies and improve learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, LPI connects policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the pre-k to grade 12 education system and address the complex realities facing public schools and their communities. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others who care about improving public schools, the Institute advances evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for all children.​

The Position

LPI seeks a Research Associate to join its team of research, policy, and communication staff. The ideal candidate will have a graduate-level degree and 1 or more years of relevant experience. The ideal candidate will also have experience with both qualitative and quantitative methods and be committed to ensuring that all children have a high-quality education.

The Research Associate will be based in Palo Alto, CA or Washington, DC, and will contribute to research teams in one or more of our focus areas: educator quality, early childhood education, deeper learning, and equitable resources and access. Our research agenda is shaped by policymakers’ needs, our commitment to an equitable education for all, and policy opportunities. Since all of our work is meant to inform policymaking, typical projects are focused on answering current or anticipated policy questions and conducted on a fairly intensive timeframe.

The Research Associate will work collaboratively with research staff, communications and policy staff, and LPI leadership. The successful candidate also will work well with external organizations.

Major Responsibilities

  • Contribute to research planning and organizing tasks and events
  • Draft relevant research-based rationale to support policy recommendations
  • Apply content knowledge and appropriate research procedures to carry out data collection and analysis tasks through both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Lead tasks within larger projects under the direction of senior staff
  • Manage and organize multiple tasks across various projects
  • Write well-structured, clear, and concise sections of reports and policy-related documents
  • Contribute to findings, conclusions, and recommendations
  • Attend and represent LPI at relevant meetings, symposia, and conferences, which includes making public presentations on behalf of the organization related to content/research areas

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in the social or behavioral sciences with 1 or more years relevant experience
  • Experience cleaning and analyzing quantitative data using statistical softward, Stata preferred
  • Excellent and persuasive written and oral communication skills
  • Possess basic content knowledge in one or more relevant content areas in education (deeper learning, early childhood, educator quality, equitable resources and access)
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)


  • Passion for ensuring that all children receive empowering and equitable learning, especially historically underserved students
  • A commitment to supporting the learning of other team members
  • Demonstrated ability to plan effectively and the flexibility to handle the unexpected
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to both work independently and foster collaborative working relationships, and to work well in a team-setting
  • Ability to execute and exhibit good judgment
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature
  • Desire to work in an organization committed to creating and fostering an inclusive working environment

Specialized Role Note

In the event that two hires are made at the associate level, one position will work on the Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab). This position requires all the qualifications, experience, and dispositions above. In addition, the ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience of teacher and/or leader preparation and development. The major responsibilities mirror those above, focused on supporting all programming, research, and policy work associated with the EdPrepLab. For questions about this specific position, please contact Maria Hyler at

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and three professional references here by September 29, 2019. Candidates invited to continue through the interview process will be asked to complete a job-related task/performance assessment at that time. 

The Learning Policy Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, but must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.