Research Associate- K12 Education Practice Area
Hanover’s K12 Practice Area works with over 300 school districts, state and regional education agencies, and independent schools across the country. The K12 Research team synthesizes academic and practitioner research to drive our clients’ most consequential decisions. Hanover’s K12 Practice Area helps K-12 leaders educate stakeholders, make research-informed decisions, and implement best practices.
As a Research Associate, you will support research projects that include literature reviews, policy briefs, peer profiling/case studies, and research briefs. The RA works under the guidance of Research Directors and other senior research staff to execute individual projects for K-12 clients. In addition, the RA will have the opportunity to contribute to Hanover’s proprietary online library of research on key topics in education, as well as the opportunity to work with other members of the research team to develop seminal thought-leadership pieces (such as white papers, conference presentations, and trends reports) that are distributed to K-12 leaders across the country.
- Conducting secondary research to address research questions related to key components of K-12 education (e.g., curriculum, instruction, school culture/climate, operations, community engagement etc.)
- Analyzing and synthesizing secondary source material (e.g., best practice research, literature reviews, empirical studies, district/school documentation) in order to:
- Draw key insights from the literature
- Make actionable recommendations to decision-makers
- Writing reports and creating other types of deliverables (e.g., presentations, infographics) to communicate findings to different types of audiences (e.g., district and school administrators and instructional staff, parents, students, community members)
- Effectively managing the phases of the project life cycle (i.e., research, analysis and synthesis, and deliverable creation) to ensure we meet deadlines and deliver research to clients in a timely manner
Skills & Experience
- Ability to work well independently
- Attentiveness to detail
- Ability to take ownership of projects from beginning (i.e., developing a research strategy) to middle (i.e., conducting research) to end (i.e., creating a polished deliverable)
- Thrives in a fast-paced work environment
- Able to meet deadlines
- Experience conducting social science research in a professional or academic setting, having developed the ability to:
- Think creatively
- Problem-solve or course-correct
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Proven ability to closely proofread/self-edit own work
- Ability to succinctly and efficiently synthesize content
- Proficient user of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- Demonstrated interest in K-12 education
- Experience conducting K-12 research in a professional or academic setting
- Familiarity with federal and state education databases
- Writing for a business/non-academic audience
A Bachelor's degree in Education, Business, Economics, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, or a related discipline is preferred, though candidates with relevant experience and who hold other degrees will be considered.
About Hanover Research
- Base salary
- 401(K) employer matching program
- Comprehensive health and dental benefits package
- Advancement and management opportunities
- Community service opportunities
Hanover was named a Top 50 Market Research Firm by the American Marketing Association in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and has also been twice named a Washington Business Journal Fastest Growing Company.
Hanover Research is a global research and analytics firm that provides high quality, custom research through an annual, fixed-fee model for clients in the corporate, education, and healthcare sectors. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Hanover employs high-caliber market researchers, analysts, and account professionals to deliver a robust service infrastructure that is revolutionary in its combination of flexibility and affordability. The core capabilities that drive Hanover’s research engine include primary research, secondary research, data analysis, and grant development. By enthusiastically fostering an environment of respect, encouragement, and support, we empower our clients and employees to seize opportunities for growth, impact, and advancement.
How to apply
If you are interested in the prospect of working for a dynamic, growing company, we encourage you to submit your cover letter, resume, and a relevant professional writing sample (consisting of no more than 8 pages on an education or business related topic preferably) at:
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