Research Assistant III

  • Harvard University
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Oct 16, 2018

Job Description

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Duties & Responsibilities
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Project Zero is seeking a part-time Research Assistant III who will work across two projects: Idea into Action (I2A) and Arts as Civic Commons (ArtC). This position will report to the Senior Research Manager.

The Research Assistant III will contribute to two projects that are research collaborations between Project Zero and the Independent Schools Victoria, Australia: I2A studies the challenge of why bringing ideas into action so commonly proves challenging and explores significantly more reliable ways to achieve idea into action; while ArtC explores how contemporary visual artists engage with social and civic ideas and issues in their artistic practices, and how their patterns of engagement can inform how schools, museums, etc., can encourage and support a disposition for multicultural understanding, civic engagement and ethical behavior in individuals and the communities they work with

Under the supervision of the Senior Research Manager, the RA III will contribute to all strands of the two projects, including conducting relevant literature reviews, designing tools and strategies, and building frameworks that address research questions. The RA III will also help assist in the design of the overall research strategy, including methods of implementation, documentation, and analysis. In addition, the RA III will provide support for all administrative and research tasks associated with the initiatives. This includes scheduling and prepping meetings and interviews, assisting with the collection and management of study data (e.g., observation and interview data, on-line and hard-copy), participating in weekly meetings, and taking notes of meetings.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Working collaboratively with the Principal Investigators (PIs) and other research staff to develop ideas, build frameworks, and create tools to test hypotheses
• Conducting literature reviews and writing critical syntheses that address research directions
• Participating in regular team meetings
• Providing general research and administrative support, including managing research information and data; scheduling meetings and interviews; organizing material for meetings; assisting with the collection and management of study data; and note-taking during meetings

Position is temporary and grant-funded for one year from date of hire, with likelihood of continuation.

Basic Qualifications
College degree or equivalent experience, preferably in a related field. Knowledge of organizational theory, leadership development, and research methods. Video editing experience required. Evidence of working within a professional and/or educational setting.