Research Associate (Full Time)

We are seeking a full-time, Research Associate to join our Research and Evaluation team.

Our team is small, collaborative, driven, and dedicated to our organization’s bold goals for innovative education globally. As a qualified candidate, you will:

  • Have a PhD in learning sciences or a related field or a Master’s degree and 3-5 years of experience relevant to education.

  • Have a strong background in research methodology and operational definitions.

  • Specialize in design of innovative and authentic assessments.

  • Have experience designing and implementing educational programs or technologies.

  • Be eager to seek out and summarize existing research and related educational programs and evaluate the practices and learning outcomes of Quest Forward students.

  • Be respectful, thoughtful and curious.

  • Work well remotely, as well as communicate often with a small, collaborative team.


We would prefer you to be located in Pittsburgh, PA,  Omaha, NE or the San Francisco/Bay Area.


  • Skills and Assessments: You will seek out and summarize existing research and programs related to 21st century skills and innovative assessment tools. These tools may include portfolios, performance-tasks, rubrics, digital badges, etc. You’ll provide recommendations to the OE team on how to improve the methodology, products, implementation, curriculum, and trainings as it relates to skills and assessments.

  • Evaluation: You will collaboratively carry out a mixed methods evaluation program for Quest Forward to collect feedback to improve our methodology, products, curriculum, implementations, and training and to measure learning outcomes. You’ll lead our team’s case study evaluation program, which includes visiting schools, interviewing students and mentors, and tracking case study learners’ growth over time.

  • Communicate Findings: An important part of your role will be to communicate research and evaluation findings and to make recommendations that inform our work. You’ll summarize findings in research briefs and evaluation reports, occasionally blog about your work, and present at workshops and conferences.

  • Communication: Our team is distributed across the US. Frequent, pro-active, and clear communication is essential to this role. You’ll communicate with your colleagues daily via Slack and Google Hangouts, and will have several virtual meetings per week set aside for collaboration and catching up on progress. You’ll use other tools such as Trello to collaborate on projects, track tasks, and ensure everyone is on the same page. You’ll regularly provide feedback on projects other team members are working on and collaborate with our team to continuously improve our processes.

  • Travel: You must be able to meet with the NGL team in person every three months for a two- to three-day meeting in the Washington, D.C. area. These meetings are an important time to connect with colleagues, brainstorm user challenges, and get motivated and inspired about our work. The Research and Evaluation team also meets separately when feasible, and the timing and locations of those meetings will be determined after hiring is complete. You will not be responsible for travel costs.

Personal Characteristics

The OE Quest Forward Learning team is distributed across various U.S. and overseas locations. To work effectively, you should display the following characteristics:

  • High standard of quality and ability to evaluate your own work critically.

  • Commitment to timeliness and deadlines established by the organization.

  • Intense curiosity about learning and motivation.

  • Ability to work very efficiently on your own, and know when to reach out and collaborate.

  • Eagerness to develop and share new ideas

  • Excel at giving and receiving thoughtful and respectful feedback and critiques

  • Have strong beliefs, loosely held, about what is best for our products and our end users

  • Excellent communication and writing skills


  • A PhD in learning sciences or related field or an M.A. and 3-5 years experience.

  • 3+ years of experience designing and conducting research or evaluations.

  • Experience designing and implementing educational programs or technologies.

  • Experience designing and using innovative and authentic assessment tools, such as portfolios, performance-tasks, rubrics, and digital badges.

  • Please be prepared to share samples of your writing.

  • You must be comfortable with and committed to working in a non-academic research setting.


The Research Associate reports to Director, Research and Evaluation


How to Apply

Please send your resume to