Senior Researcher: Quantitative Expertise

Who We Are

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape education policies and improve learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the Institute 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 Senior Researcher, preferably based in Palo Alto, to join its team of research, policy, and communication staff to support LPI’s growing portfolio of quantitative and mixed methods projects that use national datasets such as those from the National Center for Education Statistics, state-level educational data such as student and teacher datasets from the California Department of Education, and survey datasets collected by LPI or partner organizations. This position will involve leading data analyses of these and other datasets and may also involve supplemental qualitative research.

Major Responsibilities

  • Lead and serve on a variety of LPI research projects in one or more of LPI’s areas of focus: early childhood education, educator quality, equitable resources and access, and deeper learning
  • Serve as a reviewer of other LPI research projects using quantitative methods, particularly those that rely on national, state, or survey datasets
  • With the LPI Research Director, refine LPI’s systems for data security, review of data analysis, and management of documents related to data sharing
  • Serve as an advisor for researchers with interest in honing their quantitative data analysis within mixed methods projects
  • Assist researchers and policy advisors in translating quantitative and mixed methods research into actionable policy
  • Present and facilitate conversations that help policy makers and other education leaders understand quantitative and mixed methods research


The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Doctoral degree in the social or behavioral sciences
  • Demonstrated experience (minimum 10 years) conducting and managing quantitative or multi-method policy research studies
  • A track record of scholarly publications, preferably in one or more of our four focus areas: early childhood education, educator quality, equitable resources and access, or deeper learning
  • Strong methodological skills (particularly quantitative and mixed methods)
  • Knowledge of and experience conducting surveys (including online surveys)
  • Experience conducting policy-oriented research and communicating it to policy audiences
  • Knowledge of and experience working in state and federal education policy arenas
  • Passion for and commitment to LPI’s mission
  • A strong knowledge of PK–12 education issues and existing relationships in the field
  • Excellent and persuasive written and oral communication skills


  • Passion for ensuring that all children receive empowering and equitable learning, especially historically underserved students
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to both work independently and foster collaborative working relationships, and to work well in a team-setting
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence and equity
  • Ability to execute and exhibit good judgment
  • The intellectual strength and curiosity to understand and appreciate the varied and complex educational policy landscape, and the ability to translate that understanding to policymaker and lay audiences
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature

To Apply:

  • Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and three professional references here. 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.