Grad Student Researcher, Center for Civil Rights Remedies

Center for Civil Rights Remedies, UCLA

Graduate Student Researcher Position Announcement

The Center for Civil Rights Remedies (CCRR), an initiative of the Civil Rights Project in GSEIS, is looking for an advanced graduate student researcher (CA Student Researcher) in education, public policy, sociology, statistics or related field to play a significant role in carrying out a quantitative California-based research project related to educational equity and the school-to-prison pipeline. The project focuses on disparities in school discipline, achievement, graduation rates and other areas, prioritizing the work in California, but including other states and the federal level. The GSR will be supervised by Daniel Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies and this position will be based at the Civil Rights Project/Center for Civil Rights Remedies in GSEIS.

Principal responsibilities

·       Organize, manage and analyze quantitative data to examine patterns of disparities in exclusionary discipline, with a broad set of demographic, educational, and economic data sources.

·       Participate in collaborative research, report writing and dissemination.

·       Collaborate with educators, advocates and policymakers across California, assist with strategy development for policy change work in California and possibly represent the Center at public presentations.

·       Represent the project at CA advocacy meetings.

Qualifications

1.     Knowledge of K-12 education policy pertaining to school discipline and inequity in education.
2.     Strong knowledge of and background in quantitative research methods and analysis.
3.     Demonstrated ability to efficiently operate computers and utilize quantitative statistical software. Must be proficient in SPSS, Stata and Excel.
4.     Demonstrated ability to extract data, merge different data sets, read and review syntax for coding of large data sets, and perform basic statistical analyses of large national education databases (e.g. CCD, NAEP, CRDC, etc.).

5.     Experience writing or contributing to the writing of education research summaries and policy reports, proposals and/or other related documents

6.     Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, implement and successfully complete research projects with excellent attention to detail.

7.     Excellent skills in oral and written English communication including, as appropriate, skill in writing sections of reports, proposals, and other documents with fluency and precision.

8.     Ability and willingness to work directly and collaboratively with multilingual, multiethnic, and/or multiracial education and non-education professionals and laypersons.

9.     Ability to accept delegated work, validate expectations, problem-solve obstacles, report status of tasks and follow-through to completion.

10.  Ability and willingness to work as an effective, collegial, contributing member of the project team and work independently to accomplish assignments.

11.  Ability to work with competing deadlines, manage multiple assignments if needed, meet deadlines.

Other things to know

12.  Familiarity with programs, such as DBMSCopy or GIS, and experience translating data findings into web tools and data visualizations are a plus.
13.  Opportunity for the GSR to train local advocates to use data in presentations, and in related problem-solving activities with school boards, administrators, teachers’ unions and community members.

14.  Opportunity to travel in CA, if interested and available, to represent CCRR and present research findings.

15.  GSR level is commensurate with academic level and GSR experience.

16.  Send a cover letter, resume, references and a writing sample to crp@ucla.edu

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