Job Opening: Sr. Research Associate - Atlanta

The position supports the quantitative research activities of UNCF's Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute.

Job Title: Sr. Research Associate
Department/Division: Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute
Location: Atlanta, GA

Job Description

The position supports the quantitative research activities of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI) by designing and managing experiments and surveys; collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting quantitative information; advising on results and findings and making recommendations for policy, program, and development decision-making. Will assist with the management of administrative and operative activities of a small research unit.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Design surveys and conduct studies to provide up-to-date data and information on historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, UNCF’s scholarship and internship program, and policy-related issues of relevance to UNCF’s mission 
  • Conduct an annual survey of member colleges and universities by collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating the results and findings in an annual report and through other venues such as governance meetings
  • Support the capacity of UNCF divisions, field offices, member colleges and universities to understand and position the findings of the report
  • Support the Program Services Division by assisting with database design, analyses of and reporting on impacts of scholarship and internship program
  • Provide expert consultation and collaborate on solving problems arising from UNCF policy, program, and development concerns
  • Manage databases of FDPRI to support various research studies required by the divisions, field offices, and member institutions 
  • Generate or contribute to new or modified theories of educational policy processes, research methodology and analytic or interpretative procedures 
  • Contribute to the development of new products or services for education 
  • Assist in the development of proposals and project budgets for FDPRI 
  • This position will periodically supervise interns


  • Master's degree required in the areas of Educational policy, (preferably in higher education), Educational psychology, Educational Administration or related field. Doctoral degree (PhD, or Ed.D) degree preferred. 
  • At least two to four years of data management and/or institutional research experience.

Additional Requirements

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and statistical software such as SPSS, or SAS 
  • Ability to organize and manage information resources; extensive knowledge of research methodology, data analysis, and program evaluation using qualitative and quantitative techniques; ability to analyze and interpret research data; and ability to juggle/prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Expertise in higher education research 

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