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Sr. Research Fellow, Education

Child Trends
Bethesda, MD
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

General Description:

Research Fellows are responsible for planning and executing major social science research projects or evaluations in consultation with other colleagues and/or other organizations. They will design research approaches; lead others to perform analysis; write and present reports; and draw policy inferences. They will be responsible for developing new opportunities and writing proposals, then serving as a principal investigator or project director for those projects.


The Research Fellow position is an ad hoc position designed to be flexible to accommodate Fellows’ obligations at their home institution. The position is ideally suited for university faculty who wish to work at Child Trends over the summer or during a sabbatical. The position does not come with an immediate guarantee of funding support; instead the fellow will work with Child Trends’ research teams to develop a portfolio of work. If a Fellow secures sufficient funding through Child Trends, they may transition to a full-time position if desired by both the Fellow and Child Trends.


Currently, Child Trends is seeking Research Fellows with expertise to support three growing areas within our Education Research work:


  • Postsecondary Education including work with community colleges, minority serving institutions (MSIs), and four-year universities, particularly in the areas of improving campus climate, culture, safety, and services for students who experience barriers to completion (e.g., parenting students; students experiencing poverty or homelessness).
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) including work to expand access and opportunities for students from underrepresented groups and innovation in educational technologies throughout the K-20 pipeline.
  • Education Equity including work to identify and inform policies and structures that contribute to inequitable learning environments in K-12 as well as higher ed.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as principal investigator or project director for multiple research or evaluation studies.
  • Helps to build a line of work within the organization that supports a team of researchers that includes leading teams to write proposals, conceptualize work, and negotiate and draft budgets.
  • Supervises the data collection, tabulation, and analysis by research scientists, analysts and assistants.
  • Conducts site visits, interviews with public officials, and supervises field research.
  • Leads the interpretation of data from policy and program perspectives.
  • Provides quality control on all products and project management within the team.
  • Serves as a mentor for research staff.
  • Writes papers, briefs, and other publications.
  • Presents results to clients and stakeholders and presents testimony to policymakers.
  • Disseminates/responds to public information requests from reporters, Congress, and researchers.

Experience and Education:

  • 10+ Years of experience in education research that is directly relevant to Child Trends’ mission and at least one of the priorities detailed above;
  • Demonstrated thought leadership within their fields; individual must have made a significant contribution through her or his research to the field, policy, or program practices;
  • Extensive experience writing and winning proposals, ideally from both government and foundation funders;
  • Extensive experience with and understanding of federal government contracting;
  • Expertise in designing evaluations and research studies, including potentially leading randomized controlled trials and overseeing multivariate quantitative analyses, mixed methods, and/or qualitative approaches;
  • A PhD in relevant field; a Master’s degree or other relevant degree may be considered with substantial relevant experience;
  • Proven skills at management of a research team (consistent on-time, within budget work);
  • Demonstrated communications achievements (e.g., notable research papers, effective white papers).

How to Apply:
Please follow the “apply” link to submit your application. When asked by the system to upload resume, please upload one document that includes your resume, cover letter, transcripts, a writing sample and contact information for three professional references. Materials must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any difficulties with this process please email the requested materials to recruitment (at) and make sure to reference the position in the subject line. No phone calls please!      

Child Trends, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children. With annual revenue of $23 million and 192 employees, our clients include federal, state and local government agencies, foundations, and service providers. Our headquarters is located in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices in Minneapolis and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2018, we were recognized as a Great Place to Work for Women, Best Workplace in Consulting & Professional Services and Best Small & Medium Workplace.

Child Trends is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disability encouraged to apply. 

Child Trends


Bethesda, MD
20814 USA



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