Policy Research Associate

Digital Promise - San Mateo, California - Full time

About Digital PromiseDigital Promise Global is an independent, bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aims to spur innovation in education for all levels of learners. Positioned at the intersection of educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers, Digital Promise Global identifies, develops, and promotes strategies to improve all levels of education and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy. Digital Promise Global is a fast-paced, growing, entrepreneurial organization that values and rewards performance, collaboration,

About the PositionDigital Promise is seeking a Policy Research Associate to support a variety of research projects focused on education technology, adult education, workforce development, and educator professional learning. The main responsibility of the Policy Research Associate will be to work closely with the Project Director for the National Education Technology Plan to support and manage the research activities associated with the projects including: collecting data, analyzing findings using quantitative and qualitative methods, and reporting results in written and visual formats. The ideal candidate will have a background in education, an interest in policy, and experience managing research communications projects from beginning to end.


General communications and project management

  • Write reports, policy briefs, blogs and develop infographics, data visualizations, and Q&As about the project
  • Collaborate with external partners and leaders in the education policy space
  • Support project management and organization including meeting planning and coordination, scheduling, logistics, and recording minutes

Research Design and Implementation

  • Conduct literature reviews and landscape scans
  • Gather qualitative and quantitative data through surveys, interviews, observations, focus groups, etc.
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data
    • Manage transcription of interviews and focus groups
    • Use qualitative data analysis software to identify and categorize content from transcripts and open-ended survey responses
    • Use quantitative analysis software to analyze data


  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, education policy, public policy, economics, or a related discipline with strong social science research emphasis. Graduate degree preferred.
  • 2+ years experience managing and conducting research in education, technology, or social science field such as economics.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and manage competing tasks, deadlines, requirements, and decisions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience with research and policy communications a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with individuals at many levels of an organization, including government officials, school district leaders, educators, and community members.
  • Experience in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods and software packages (SPSS, R, NVivo) preferred.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

At Digital Promise, we also seek candidates with:

  • A strong commitment to improving education.
  • Experience collaborating with cross-functional team members to ensure information is shared, projects are completed on time, and goals are reached.
  • Stellar organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and manage competing tasks, deadlines, requirements, and decisions.
  • A passion for education, a team mentality, creativity, and a positive “can-do,” “yes-and” spirit.

CompensationSalary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

To ApplyPlease apply and submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. Review will be on a rolling basis until the search is successful.

Digital Promise is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. 

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