Researcher, American Indian Education

  • American Institutes for Research
  • Remote
  • Jan 12, 2022
Full time Research

Job Description


AIR is currently seeking a Researcher/Technical Assistance Provider to join our Education Systems program area within AIR’s Human Services Division to aid us with improving outcomes in Education.

Candidates hired for the position might initially start working remotely but will eventually have the option to work from one of our offices located in Arlington, VA; Rockville, MD; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Chapel Hill, NC or Waltham, MA or continue to work remotely.

About AIR:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.


This position will contribute to projects in K-12 education that fully or partially serve students and teachers from indigenous populations in Minnesota, Wyoming, and other states. An ideal candidate will have firsthand professional and personal experience with indigenous communities and cultures. A preferred candidate will be capable of providing technical assistance to AIR’s clients, such as supporting K-12 practitioners in identifying and using relevant research and providing content expertise. A preferred candidate also will have experience in designing research and evaluation studies, identifying and applying mixed methods of data collection and analysis, and disseminating findings for different audiences.

The responsibilities for the position include:

  • Contribute to study and evaluation design, such as identifying research questions, sampling strategies, and methods of data collection and analysis
  • Ensure that research and evaluation design and activities use culturally responsive and inclusive practices, for instance by selecting methods that emphasize diverse participation
  • Lead or contribute to the design of quantitative and/or qualitative data collection instruments, including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and observations
  • Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis and/or manage data teams
  • Lead or contribute to the communication with AIR’s clients on assigned projects
  • Provide technical assistance to K-12 practitioners and the school, district, and state level related to content support, the use and application of research, and the development of internal capacity for research and evalaution
  • Work closely with K-12 practitioners to ensure that AIR’s work is aligned with local needs
  • Communicate results through reports, publications, briefs, visual representations, webinars, or other methods appropriate for the audience
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure success of project work


AIR recognizes that job descriptions outline qualifications and experiences, such as the ones that follow, that may not be found in any one individual and can be developed and grown over time. If you are interested in the role and feel you can contribute to the essence of the role, we encourage you to apply.

Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Master’s degree and 4+ years of relevant experience or a PhD within Education, Social Sciences, STEM, or other relevant fields
  • Experience conducting culturally responsive research, providing technical assistance, and/or leading stakeholder engagement with indigenous communities
  • Interest or experience in STEM or Computer Science education and how it connects to indigenous communities
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of research principles and research design
  • Experience collecting and analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data and interpreting findings
  • Experience managing small teams
  • Ability to communicate research findings both in writing and verbally
  • Knowledge of analytic and data management software preferred (e.g., R, STATA, NVivo, SPSS)
  • The ability to travel 10-20% of the time


AIR requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a legally required exemption from AIR, as a condition of employment.  AIR will ask candidates to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made.  Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for exemption prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment from AIR.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.