Research Analyst or Associate

TalkingPoints - Remote - Full time

About TalkingPoints

TalkingPoints is an award-winning education technology non-profit organization with the mission to unlock the potential of low-income, underserved families to support their children’s learning by partnering with their children’s schools. Returning to back-to-school has made our mission ever more urgent and important. We're building a one-of-a-kind product in the market, a multilingual family engagement platform that connects families and teachers using human and artificial intelligence powered, two-way translated messages and personalized supports — eliminating language, time limitations, and know-how as barriers to school/family connection.

Millions of teachers and families are using TalkingPoints in their classrooms and schools and districts across the U.S. TalkingPoints works with key school district partners such as Oakland Unified, Wake County and NYC DOE. We have won awards from NYU, MIT, Google.org, Ashoka, Forbes and are backed by Google.org, AT&T, Carnegie Corporation, Schmidt Futures, Stanford University and NewSchools Venture Fund, to name a few. Most recently we were named an evidence-based learning platform to support by MIT's J-Pal, and our research partners include University of Chicago and MIT. Learn more

Diversity: we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it!

The opportunity

As our dedicated Research Analyst/Associate you will have the opportunity to be part of multiple research projects as part of the organization’s growing research team. As part of our research team, you will support in creating impact metrics, identifying best practice school-family engagement, collecting surveys and analyzing results, conducting rigorous impact evaluation study, and developing and evaluating research-driven product features. For example, you will analyze large-scale (100M+) conversation data between educators and families across the U.S. K-12 schools and conduct an evaluation study on estimating impact of TalkingPoints on student learning outcomes. This position offers a unique opportunity to utilize your data-analytics and research skills to be part of a non-profit organization with mission to drive student success by unlocking the potential of families to fuel their children’s learning, especially in under-resourced communities by building meaningful connections between schools, teachers and families through accessible technology.

You’ll be directly reporting to the Director of Research. As part of the research team, you’ll have many opportunities to collaborate with other teams (e.g. engineering, partnership, and product teams) as well. You will:

  • Support creating impact metrics and building dashboards
  • Support literature reviews, data cleaning, analysis, and modeling for impact evaluation research study
  • Support developing, piloting, and testing research-driven product features
  • Co-write research briefs, reports, presentations, and/or white papers summarizing the results and takeaways for internal and external audiences.
  • Support required data pulls for external partners, philanthropic funders and internal needs

Who you are

The ideal candidate will have most or all of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in Education, Economics, Public Policy, Statistics, Data Science, or Computer science; or candidates with relevant experience will be evaluated commensurate with their education and experience
  • 2+ years experience in working with education data or time-stamped large data
  • 2+ years of relevant experience using tools such as SQL and Python/R to work efficiently at scale
  • 1+ years of relevant experience in data science/data mining/textual mining
  • Own end-to-end analysis from extracting the data, to running the appropriate model, to interpreting the results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work with cross functional, internal and external teams of technical and non-technical members
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced iterative environment
  • Strong team-player: we work as a small, tightly-knit team and you should be self-starting and motivated to build things and contribute ideas to the team
  • Experience and/or empathy with communities we serve (e.g., underserved populations, education, immigration, bilingual and/or multicultural environments)

Nice to haves

  • Experience in academic research with a track record of working independently and executing a research plan
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in ML/AI/NLP modeling and scaling up to large dataset
  • Experience with BI tools (e.g. Tableau, Amplitude, or Snowflake)
  • Experience working with an engineering team using tools like Github
  • Experience using cloud computing services (e.g AWS), Google NLP

Overall fit with our org culture - we look for team members who are

  • User and mission-oriented: we are devoted to our mission with empathy towards the communities we serve.
  • All-in together: we go above and beyond the job description, working together as a team in support of one another.
  • Agile & action-oriented: we get things done, knowing that our progress is urgent to our communities.
  • Always Learning: we are always learning, with a growth mindset, to reach our our full potential.
  • Boldly Courageous: we take risks in order to achieve big things.
  • Resourceful: We are creative, solution-oriented, and scrappy.

What we offer

  • An incredible opportunity to build a mission-driven, rapidly growing startup tech nonprofit
  • Competitive salary, full coverage health insurance, benefits, and unlimited time off
  • 401K match
  • Annual professional development benefit
  • Flexibility to work remotely
  • Fun, smart, dynamic, motivated team focused on working together to transform family engagement to serve the families who need it most

How to apply

Please submit your resume, a brief paragraph describing your interest, and link to your LinkedIn profile.

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Role

Research

Experience Level

Mid Level

TalkingPoints

TalkingPoints is an award-winning education technology non-profit organization with the mission to unlock the potential of low-income, underserved families to support their children’s learning by partnering with their children’s schools.
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