Position Information

Graduate Research Associate
The American Council on Education’s (ACE) Graduate Research Associate Program is housed in ACE’s Learning and Engagement Division and is designed to provide graduate students with an opportunity to gain real-world experience conducting research to inform both policy and practice from within a leading national higher education association. Representing the interests of campus executives and leaders of higher education associations and organizations, ACE provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy and institutional practice through advocacy, research, and programmatic initiatives.

Working with the Division’s research team, graduate research associates help to produce original papers, issue briefs, and convenings that provide policy audiences and institutional leaders with acute insight, rigorous analysis, and on-the-ground application. Key areas of research and focus include:
  • equity-minded leadership
  • globally engaged and effective institutions; and
  • successful and mobile students.

The research team approaches the study of higher education through the use of varying methodologies and data sources. Analytical frameworks include those found in research on educational equity, education policy, organization and systems management, and innovation. A number of national datasets, including those produced by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Census Bureau, are also commonly used.

In addition to contributing to the research of the Division, graduate research associates participate in a variety of professional development activities throughout the year. These activities are intended to help associates explore potential career paths as well as to broaden their knowledge in key areas such as higher education leadership, translating research to practice, survey design and research methods, and others. Many graduate research associates have gone on to assume positions as university faculty and staff and as researchers at both national associations and research firms.

Essential Job Duties:

The primary responsibility of a graduate research associate is to support and work with the Division’s research staff to conceptualize, design, produce, and disseminate research that aligns with the Division’s three research areas. Graduate research associates are expected to attend internal meetings, as well as conferences and events outside the organization. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have recently completed an accredited master’s or doctoral degree program.

Working Conditions/Physical Effort: Office Environment - 35 hours per week in the office.

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  • Cover letter (no more than 2 pages)
  • Current resume/CV
  • Short answer essay questions (described below)
  • Unofficial transcript from graduate program
  • Contact information for three references; two academic and one professional

Application materials should be submitted to ACE’s employment website http://jobs.acenet.edu/. The cover letter should describe areas of research interest, experience, and current expertise and how they relate or contribute to the Division’s three key areas of research (for descriptions of ongoing/past projects, please visit www.acenet.edu/cprs). General questions should be sent to aceinternship@acenet.edu. If you wish to send letters and/or other application materials in hard copy, send via USPS or other postal service to, American Council on Education, c/o Human Resources, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 1B, Washington, DC 20036.

Short-Answer Essay Topics (maximum of 250 words each):

What are your short and long-term career goals?
Describe your experience conducting quantitative or qualitative research. Make sure to give examples of data, methods, and software programs that you have used.

***Review of applicants will begin immediately***

To apply for this position, visit: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/AME1073/JobBoard/3ab22f45-0d00-7f95-def8-c8ca6a23d48f/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=1ce09fea-b579-4dd3-b09c-081875842549
Position: Graduate Research Associate
Organization: American Council On Education - Washington, DC
Location: Washington,  DC 
United States
Salary: $3588 per month
Posting Start Date: 9/15/2021
Date Posted: 9/15/2021
Requirements Education/Experiene/Specialized Knowledge and Competency Requirements:
  • Knowledge of current issues in higher education, specifically related to the Division’s research areas
  • Strong analytical skills; proficiency in quantitative and qualitative methods with advanced training and research experience in one of the two
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and propensity to thrive in a team environment
  • Self-motivated with the ability to multi-task competing projects and priorities
Status: This listing expires on: 11/14/2021
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American Council On Education - Washington, DC

Washington,  DC 20003
United States
(202) 939-9457
1 Dupont Circle NW

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