Research Associate

Synergy Enterprises, Inc., a minority and woman owned government contractor, is seeking a Research Associate. The Research Associate will work closely with both evaluation and technical staff and provide support in a variety of areas. Such areas may include providing technical assistance, developing publications, conducting initial and ongoing needs assessments, and analyzing and reporting data.


·        Conduct literature reviews and other research efforts on emerging issues related to education policy and practice.

·        Develop informational products, including fact sheets, written technical assistance, toolkits and guidance documents.

·        Develop and deliver virtual and in-person trainings, including webinars, virtual meetings, online courses, videos, and live conference presentations.

·        Provide high-quality technical assistance in-person, online, and by phone to range of clients

·        Develop data collection instruments for evaluation of technical assistance and needs assessments.

·        Identify and deliver new high-quality methods of providing technical assistance and technical assistance products based on needs assessments and other data.

·        Conduct research to identify and resolve operational challenges and develop and implement complimentary methods for providing technical assistance.

·        Conduct data collection interviews, focus groups, and surveys.

·        Determine research activities and best course of action for accomplishing objectives.

·        Work with IT and Communications staff to ensure client deliverables are of high quality.


·        Master’s Degree in Education or Social Science related field, Ph.D or Ed.D preferred.

·        Advanced skill set with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web-based databases.

·        Demonstrated skills in research, data collection, and analysis (knowledge of SAS and SPSS preferred).

·        Content expertise in one or more of the following areas: K-12 and/or higher ed, school emergency management, STEM, college and career prep, social emotional learning, violence prevention, AOD prevention, student engagement practices, digital citizenship, or related topics.

·        Self-starter with strong time management and multitasking skills.

·        The right candidate excels at working in a fast paced, dynamic environment.

·        Ability to work under pressure, managing several complex assignments with multiple deadlines.

·        Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

·        Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Proofreading or copyediting experience is a plus.

·        Understanding of online data collection forms.

·        Additional skills a plus: IT project management skills, grant management experience, communications, marketing, and social media.




Other job requirements:

  • The position requires that individuals be available to work as necessary throughout the standard workweek and often on weekends as well. 
  • The position requires the ability to travel, including overnight (approximately 20% of time, depending upon need).

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Physical demands:  While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle objects and documents; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.  Employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision. Employee may use office equipment such as telephone, computer, computer software, calculator, printer, copier, and facsimile. 
  • Work environment: Employees are not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.