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Research Assistant, Early Childhood Development
Child Trends in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date Posted 05/05/2021
Research Assistant-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Child Trends is seeking a Research Assistant in its Early Childhood research area. We strongly prefer to hire someone who could work in one of our offices, after the offices reopen: Bethesda, MD; Chapel Hill, NC; or Minneapolis, MN. Research Assistants are expected to work on multiple projects simultaneously to support project teams. Under the supervision of Early Childhood staff, the Research Assistant supports social science research projects by helping to gather data and other information from study participants and stakeholders; helping to develop project materials and data collection tools; administering surveys and questionnaires, conducting interviews, and compiling results; helping organize meetings; note taking; and performing other duties as necessary.

The Early Childhood team at Child Trends studies programs and systems affecting young children from birth through early elementary school. Our team works with the federal government, state agencies, communities, and foundations on research, evaluation, and policy projects that address important issues for policymakers, practitioners, and families. We develop resources and reports that address complex topics in easy-to-understand terms. We are strong thought partners in addressing a range of early childhood issues and help policymakers and practitioners translate research into actions that can improve the lives of young children.

This position requires strong writing and organization skills, logical thinking, great attention to detail, excellent communication skills, a commitment to ethics and equity in research and the workplace, and an interest in access to high-quality early care and education, the early childhood workforce, home visiting, child care licensing, early childhood assessment, family engagement and support, and state-based early childhood data systems.

Our team values equity and recognizes that systemic discrimination has negatively impacted the well-being of individuals, families, and communities who also are underrepresented in the research field. As researchers, we aim to be accountable for promoting equity by centering the lived experiences of these individuals in our research. As researchers, we also commit to ensuring that we are contributing to Child Trends’ work culture in an equitable way. We strongly encourage individuals from the Latinx communities and populations that are historically underrepresented in research and academic fields (e.g., first-generation college students, first-generation immigrants, people of color) to apply.

Expected start date: sometime between June 1, 2021 and October 1, 2021.

Research Assistant Responsibilities:
  • Conduct literature reviews on specified topics and synthesize information according to instructions.
  • Recruit and follow-up with study participants.
  • Conduct data collection through observations, interviews, surveys, and other methods as needed.
  • Tabulate and maintain study data; assist with data entry; clean data and perform quality checks; develop tables and graphs.
  • Conducts research with an equity lens.
  • Commits to continuing their own learning and growth to being a more equitable employee and researcher.
  • Take notes during meetings with clients or other project stakeholders. Summarizes notes to distribute to team, clients, and others.
  • Process and analyze quantitative data using SAS/SPSS or other statistical packages.
  • Analyze qualitative data using tools such as Dedoose or NVivo and basic thematic coding methods.
  • Organize project files and track important project deadlines.
  • Assist with administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings, photocopying, filing.
Research Assistant Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in one of the social sciences, and the demonstrated ability to perform beginning level research in a social science field. Two to three years of applied research experience outside of college courses may be considered for a Senior Research Assistant position.
  • Strong detail-orientation, written and verbal communication skills, and experience with literature reviews.
  • Experience with early childhood research or policy.
  • Experience conducting research in applied settings preferred.
  • Ability to speak Spanish and conduct research in Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Experience with a statistical package such as SAS, SPSS, or Stata preferred

How to Apply:
Please follow the “apply” link to submit your application. When asked by the system to upload resume, please upload one document that includes your resume, cover letter, transcripts, a writing sample and contact information for three professional references. Materials must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any difficulties with this process please email the requested materials to recruitment (at) and make sure to reference the position in the subject line. No phone calls please!

Child Trends, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children. With annual revenue of $23 million and 192 employees, our clients include federal, state and local government agencies, foundations, and service providers. Our headquarters is located in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices in Minneapolis and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2018, we were recognized as a Great Place to Work for Women, Best Workplace in Consulting & Professional Services and Best Small & Medium Workplace.

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