Research Analyst

ABOUT LEAP
Connecting innovation and education to dramatically transform the way students learn, LEAP Innovations® leads the nation in developing and scaling personalized learning practices, technology and innovations in classrooms throughout the U.S. LEAP launched the country’s most comprehensive personalized learning framework, as well as the first survey tool to measure personalized learning practice in the classroom.

Sponsored by major foundations and donors, LEAP currently works with 140 schools across the Chicagoland area, improving the lives of thousands of students. Winner of the 2016 Chicago Innovation Award for social innovation, LEAP Innovations is poised to increase reach and impact in the K-12 space by deploying thought leadership, services and tools across the country.

OUR WORK

The mission of LEAP Innovations is to transform education nationwide into a uniquely personal experience, designed to prepare, empower and inspire all learners to ignite their unlimited potential. LEAP operates at the intersection of educators and EdTech innovators—researching and implementing personalized practices and tools.

LEAP is defining and articulating teacher practices that best meet individual student needs; determining school- and classroom-level models that best personalize learning; and constructing research methods and tools to best evaluate the impact of personalized learning on student achievement. Similarly, from the EdTech side, LEAP aims to help EdTech companies utilize its research and educator feedback to create tools that are more aligned with teacher and student needs.

LEAP has built a scaffold trajectory of programming to accomplish these goals, including the LEAP Pilot Network, in which school teams select, pilot and evaluate personalized learning technologies and practices within individual classrooms, as well as whole-school redesign programs, in which school teams design transformative, school-wide personalized learning models.

VISION FOR THE FUTURE

The team at LEAP envisions a future in which there are no boundaries to learning – a future in which each and every student’s learning experiences in and out of school create a seamless, unique pathway that is tailored to a student’s needs, strengths,
interests and limitless ambitions.

Over the next five years, LEAP will work toward this vision in two key ways:

Regional Expansion: LEAP will strengthen its impact by expanding its local work, serving an additional 165,000 students at 325 schools and developing additional focus areas such as early childhood, after school and juvenile justice.

National Impact: Through its work in Chicago, home to the third largest school district in the country, LEAP will build the foundation of tools, resources and knowledge to scale its personalized learning work across the country. Our current tools include the LEAP Learning Framework, which defines and provides strategies for the implementation of personalized learning, and the LEAP Personalized Learning Surveys, which measure the degree of personalization in learning environments. These surveys are now used in almost 400 schools, across 23 states. Additionally, LEAP will develop and scale new products and program services to drive teacher practice, school redesign and product efficacy in personalized learning across the country.

ROLE OVERVIEW
The individual functioning in the Research Analyst role will be part of a team responsible for leading foundational and applied research, program evaluation, and survey and assessment development for LEAP. In this capacity, the individual will collaborate with LEAP’s research team to facilitate studies and analyses that will result in insights about LEAP’s work and position LEAP as a thought leader in the field. The Research Analyst will be accountable for:

  • Developing and assisting with research related to product development, program evaluation, and new measures
  • Supporting research to evaluate the quality of LEAP’s intellectual property and assets to ensure their continued alignment with intended program uses and research activities

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES*

  • Coordinate the logistics of discrete phases of research projects (e.g., recruitment, quality checks, data collection, coding payments, or analysis activities). Identify and escalate project issues or concerns to senior staff. Schedule services with other LEAP team members and vendors.
  • Process and track payments for study participants and vendors.
  • Collaborate with LEAP team members to recruit, contact, and schedule research sites and subjects.
  • Become familiar with LEAP policies and procedures (e.g., IRB, RRB, subject payment, working with minors, standards for fairness and quality, travel, etc.).
  • Schedule and participate in internal meetings and be responsible for project documentation (e.g. minutes, materials).
  • Perform tasks to execute high-quality research studies with detailed guidance from more senior staff.
  • Refine and administer research instruments (e.g., assessments, surveys, observations and interviews).
  • Prepare and code simple data (e.g., annotation, coding, recoding and manipulation).
  • Perform data analysis, interpret results; and prepare charts, tables, figures and graphics for reports and presentations.
  • Communicate with internal stakeholders both orally and in writing using language and terminology relevant to the specific discipline and/or research methodology, and appropriate for the intended stakeholders.
  • Review and proofread proposals, manuscripts, and presentations; conduct literature searches with detailed guidance from senior staff.
  • Review and proofread internal written communications and documents (e.g., IRB proposals, internal memos, etc.).
  • Respond to inquiries from internal (e.g., senior staff) and external stakeholders (e.g., research participants, etc.).

*Duties, responsibilities and work related activities may change at any time with or without advanced notice to support the organization’s growth trajectory.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment where expectations are high for quality and goal achievement within aggressive timeframes. He/she will have the following:

Required

  • Master’s degree in education, psychology or related disciplines
  • One to two years of research-related experience
  • Knowledge of introductory qualitative and quantitative research methodology and some advanced statistics knowledge sufficient to analyze and interpret research study results
  • Passion for education and meaningful social impact
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Demonstrated comfort with ambiguity
  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams and drive collaborative work
  • Demonstrated leadership experience (volunteering, club leadership, etc.)
  • Strong presentation and group facilitation skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written/visual and oral communication skills

Preferred

  • Coding using R
  • Experience using scholarly search engines, conducting literature searches, and writing research summaries or results
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent health benefits, 403(b) plan, group life insurance and generous PTO.

Start Date: Position currently available.

Application: Phone inquiries are not accepted. Email your cover letter and resume to careers@leapinnovations.org to apply. Please include the position name in the subject line of your email.