Graduate Research Assistant, December 2020 to June 2021

LEAP Innovations is conducting a mixed-methods study on K12 remote learning, race, and innovation. The purpose of the study is to deconstruct the dominant narrative that shrouds African-American school communities’ implementation of remote learning in classic deficit rhetoric: “vulnerable,” “lagging,” and “at-risk.” We will document the strengths and successes of remote learning, along with the needs that have arisen, within predominantly African-American school communities through the voices and stories of the members of these communities.


The Graduate Research Assistant will help drive key deliverables for this study, collaborating with LEAP’s research team to facilitate a study that will result in insights about LEAP’s work and position LEAP as a thought leader in the field, and be accountable for:

  • Supporting qualitative data management
  • Assisting with data analysis and development of insights
  • Assisting with literature review


  • Assisting with literature review
  • Managing and preparing survey, focus group, and interview data for analysis
  • Participating in training and calibrating sessions with coding team
  • Assisting in deductive coding analysis of qualitative data


The ideal candidate should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, they should have the following:

  • Experience with fundamental qualitative research data collection and analysis methods
  • Pursuing coursework in Education, Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology, or other relevant social science fields
  • Grade levels – Juniors, Seniors, and Masters level students
  • Freshman and Sophomore students may apply if they have relevant and significant research experience
  • Exceptional reasoning and communication skills
  • Acute attention to detail, commitment to quality, and strong work ethic
  • Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Available 25 hours a month from December 2020 – June 2021
  • An interest in helping to create the future of education by supporting real-world research and analysis

Please submit your cover letter and resume to to apply. Please include position name in the subject line of your email.