Job Opening: SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH ASSOCIATE @ Stanford Univ.
- STANFORD UNIVERSITY / JOB DESCRIPTION
JOB TITLE: SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities
505 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford
University is seeking a Social Science Research Associate (SSRA) to
conduct qualitative and quantitative research with an emphasis on
policy-relevant and actionable topic areas. The SSRA will lead and
contribute to quantitative research; s/he will link data across large
administrative data sets, assist community partners in formulating
research questions and exporting data, perform statistical analysis
and write policy briefs and other products focused on topics related
to youth development and education. The SSRA will also lead and
contribute to qualitative research projects, conducting formative
assessments of community-based programs, including data collection,
coding, analysis and writing reports and briefs. For all research and
analyses, the SSRA will present research findings to community
partners and other stakeholders on a regular basis. The SSRA will
supervise graduate level research assistants and potentially some
staff; work collaboratively with other John W. Gardner Center staff;
and report to the Executive Director.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
% Time Duty and Responsibility Statements
20% 1) Work in partnership with community entities to design and
conduct policy-relevant research related to youth development in a
- Collaborate with JGC staff and community partners to identify key
research needs in the community and design and carry out research that
responds to these.
- Design research projects that respond to community questions and
needs using a variety of tools, including the JGC’s Youth Data Archive
(a longitudinal database that links data on youth across schools,
human services, health services, and other service providers); youth
and adult surveys; secondary data analysis; and qualitative data
collection and analyses.
- Conduct primary research and produce written products and
presentations that are appropriate for community audiences and
parallel materials that inform academic debates and audiences.
20% 2) Conduct Statistical and other analyses:
- Use matched longitudinal data drawn from administrative databases
from a wide range of public and private agencies, including school
districts, social services, probation, and community-based agencies in
several Bay Area communities.
- Contribute to data cleaning, verification and documentation.
- Develop descriptive statistics and conduct multivariate analyses to
address research questions and policy outcomes.
- Collect qualitative data (interviews, focus groups, observations).
- Contribute to discussions about coding and analysis schemes. Code
data and conduct analyses.
20% 3) Write, Present and Otherwise Communicate Research Findings to a
Wide Range of Stakeholders and Entities
- Write reports and briefs of findings for partners and broader academic field.
- Write and present academic articles, issue briefs, summaries,
conference paper and other products to a variety of audiences.
- Meet with partners on an ongoing basis to review and evolve analyses.
- Work with JGC Communications Manager on additional communications
opportunities for analyses, including newspaper articles, blogs, panel
discussions and more.
20% 4) Provide technical support to community partners to facilitate
their participation in the Youth Data Archive:
- Provide technical assistance to partners on database development,
data collection, and data export
- Provide technical assistance to partners on performance measurement
- Engage partners in the development of an ongoing analysis agenda for
the YDA initiative
20% 5) Participate actively as a collaborative member of the JGC team,
and connect JGC to the greater Stanford community and the broader
• Attend regular staff meetings and retreats.
• Supervise graduate students and junior staff on specific projects.
• Where appropriate, contribute to grant development.
• Assist the Center in developing processes, tools, and products to
enhance the future direction of the Center.
A doctorate in a relevant field (education, public policy, sociology,
psychology, or related field) is required as is capacity to oversee
graduate students as they design, carry out, and write about their
research projects. Excellent oral, statistical, analytic,
organizational, and interpersonal skills are required; writing as
demonstrated in the candidate’s own writing and publications is
essential. Ability to write for multiple audiences, including policy
makers and practitioners, is preferred. Demonstrated experience with
quantitative analysis is also required, as is proficiency with data
analysis software such as SAS (preferred), STATA, or SPSS.
Proficiency in longitudinal analysis and/or hierarchical modeling
preferred. Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis
is also required. The candidate must have strong interpersonal and
collaboration skills in working with researchers and practitioners as
well as organizational skills that demonstrate her/his ability to
handle multiple tasks, timelines and priorities in a team environment.
Familiarity with California K-12 education data, including test
scores, attendance, school discipline, and English language
proficiency is preferred. This may be substituted with familiarity
with juvenile justice, mental health or foster care data and programs
or a related youth policy issue. Familiarity with school enrichment
and youth development programs, such as after-school programs is a
Advanced degree required in:Education, public policy, sociology,
psychology, or related field
Please apply for this position on the Stanford website at
http://jobs.stanford.edu, position number 46371. Email or call the
JGC at larissa.collins@... or (650) 723-3099 with any
questions. Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer.