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Research Assistant

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Ctr for Social Devel & Ed
Pay Grade: 27
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

General Summary: 

The Research Assistant (RA) for the Center for Social Development and Education (CSDE) will provide survey coordination and research support for exciting and dynamic research and program evaluation related to youth with intellectual disabilities. The RA will work with a team of researchers to evaluate the impact of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools (UCS) in K-12 public schools. Under the supervision of the Director of Program Evaluation, and as part of the larger evaluation research team, the RA will oversee and coordinate the daily operations of an annual, national survey to UCS schools (4,000+) and manage a data set comprised of over 10 years of survey data (8,000+ schools). The RA will also be expected to help prepare written reports, conference presentations, and journal articles summarizing survey findings. For more information about the CSDE please visit:

Examples of Duties: 

  • Oversee and coordinate the daily operations of a largescale national survey of educators implementing Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools;
  • Conduct literature searches to develop survey questions; work with Special Olympics on question development and survey topics;
  • Develop the survey protocol and methodology for data collection, in collaboration with other members of the evaluation team;
  • Program the survey online in Qualtrics, including all branching/survey flow patterns, piped text, embedded data, and block design;
  • Coordinate and monitor the administration of the national survey to over 4,000 schools; work with individual State Special Olympics Programs across the country to achieve a high response rate;
  • Monitor and review data collection, data entry, informed consent procedures, and related activities to ensure compliance with Institutional Review Board (IRB);
  • Coordinate and conduct intermediate and complex quantitative data analysis, such as analysis of variance, regression, structural equation modeling, etc.; work with the senior quantitative research fellow on analysis and interpretation;
  • Connect data set to existing data sets from prior years and to external/federal data sets for more advanced analyses and analyses over time; make decisions about data that can be used longitudinally and how to transform it for that purpose.
  • Coordinate and conduct coding and analysis of write-in/open-ended survey questions;
  • In collaboration with Director of Program Evaluation, write up study findings and collaborate on written products for a variety of venues, including reports to the funder and articles for journal publications, conferences, and national organizations;
  • Develop individual survey reports for each State Special Olympics Program;
  • Collaborate in making presentations at meetings, conferences, and webinars;
  • Maintain communication and collaboration with evaluation partners, including schools and State Special Olympics Programs;
  • In collaboration with Director of Program Evaluation, train new Research Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, and/or interns;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology, or a related field is required. Coursework in intermediate and advanced research methodology and quantitative statistics, and a minimum of one year of previous experience as a Research Assistant is required. A thesis presenting original quantitative, survey-based research is also required, and can be substituted for the one year of previous Research Assistant experience. Experience using an online survey program, particularly Qualtrics, for programming and administering online surveys is required. Experience using statistical programs, particularly SPSS, for performing intermediate- and advanced-level quantitative data analysis independently is required. Excellent writing skills at the level expected for publishing articles is also required.  The incumbent may be required to travel nationally.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree is preferred.
  • More than one year of experience as a Research Assistant is highly desired.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with online survey programs like Qualtrics is highly desired (additional experience with REDCap is a plus).
  • Experience with complex online survey programming is preferred.
  • Experience managing large-scale data sets, including transformation of data, is preferred.
  • Experience with scale development or measurement design is highly desired.
  • Intermediate to advanced statistical skills using SPSS with syntax is preferred.
  • Authorship on a peer-reviewed journal article or experience presenting at a conference is preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Demonstrated excellent understanding and use of intermediate- and advanced-level statistical analyses and concepts;
  2. Demonstrated competency managing large-scale data sets;
  3. Demonstrated competency working independently and as a member of a team;
  4. Ability to use interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate and oversee completion of tasks;
  5. Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and project deadlines;
  6. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, and strong attention to detail.

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 


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This is an exempt union position. This is a grant funded position. 

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. 

Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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