Job Opening: ​​ ​​Sr. Research Associate – Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA

The position supports the quantitative and qualitative research activities of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute by designing and managing research studies.


Job Title: ​ ​​​Sr. Research Associate
Department: Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute
Washington, DC or Atlanta, GA

Job Description

The Sr. Research Associate supports the quantitative and qualitative research activities of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute  (FDPRI) by designing and managing research studies, including but not limited to: collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data; advising on results and findings and making recommendations for policy, program, and development decision-making, and coordinating organization program evaluation activities. Will assist with the management and administration of research teams and consultants as needed.


Responsibilities and Duties

  • Design research studies to provide up-to-date data and information on historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, Black students, UNCF’s scholarship and internship programs, and policy-related issues of relevance to UNCF’s mission.
  • Provide expert consultation and collaborate on solving problems arising from UNCF policy, program, and development concerns.
  • Manage databases of the 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 publications, products, or services for education.
  • Lead the development of grant and conference proposals and project budgets for FDPRI.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position will periodically supervise interns

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree required in the areas of Educational Policy, (preferably in higher education), Educational Psychology, Educational Administration or related field
  • At least two to four years of data management and/or institutional research experience. Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) degree preferred.
  • Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and meet the qualifications below.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Qualifications

Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers. Ability to write articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Statistical software such as SPSS, or SAS.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:


Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

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.

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