Benchmarking Research Associate

Job Opening

Position and Project Description

The research associate works with the director, assistant director and other staff to carry out the tasks of the Benchmarking College- and Career-Readiness Standards project.

This project is part of SREB’s work funded under a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This project centers on developing research goals, plans and tools in collaboration with states, SREB stakeholders and experts; conducting in-depth research on the effort of states, districts, schools and educators to implement K-12 college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms in public education; disseminating research findings through published reports and other media; and working with states through strategic communications, technical assistance and convenings to foster collaboration among states to promote continuous improvement.  


  • collect, organize and analyze complex information about state policies, plans, actions and outcomes pertaining to specified project topics (Data are primarily qualitative, although some may be quantitative. Qualitative data may be collected from internet searches, document reviews, interviews and direct observation of practice.)
  • assist the director and assistant director with refinement of research plans and tools
  • prepare information for reporting, dissemination and communication. This may include organizing, analyzing and summarizing data; writing reports; and developing presentations in order to convey extensive, complex information in ways that are concise and engaging.
  • plan meetings and conferences
  • respond to inquiries from SREB stakeholders about the project
  • other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • master’s degree required, Ph.D. preferred in education, education policy or a related field
  • training and experience in qualitative research required ― in particular, conducting interviews, internet research, document analysis, thematic analysis, policy analysis and direct observations 
  • proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access 
  • proficient in qualitative data analysis software (for example, Nvivo, Dedoose)
  • excellent analytical, writing and communication skills 
  • experience writing qualitative research findings and policy reports 
  • familiar with current education reform issues and policy, including college- and career-readiness standards
  • ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others
  • strong interpersonal skills and a collegial demeanor
  • commitment to SREB’s goal of supporting state leaders and practitioners in improving education

Qualified applicants are encouraged to send a letter of application, current resume and the names and contact information (preferably, email addresses) of three professional references. All positions are open until filled. You may apply by: fax: (404) 872-1477 or email: