Senior Associate

Basis Policy Research (Basis) seeks a Senior Associate to start immediately. The Senior Associate will be responsible for designing and conducting rigorous studies of K-12 education policies and programs. Qualified candidates will be capable of and experienced in leading projects through all phases of the applied research process, from crafting the study concept to securing funding to producing final deliverables. The Senior Associate will serve multiple clients, manage dedicated project teams, and develop a diverse portfolio of work. We are particularly interested in applicants with interest in research on school choice, educator effectiveness, and education finance. Strong, demonstrated skills in quantitative methods and measurement are required.


  • Strong background in quantitative methods
  • Skilled writer and proofreader
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Experience as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of K-12 education policy and reform issues


  • Ph.D. in a social science field, preferably economics, education, public policy, political science, psychology, or statistics
  • Advanced statistical programming skills (Stata or R)

Preferred Experience

  • Conducting randomized control trials
  • Analyzing longitudinal student-level data
  • Writing research grants and proposals
  • Engaging with education system stakeholders

Posting Date

January 2017

Preferred Locations

Grand Rapids, MI (preferred)


Negotiable; commensurate with experience

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