Research Analyst II


Position Location: Flexible (Boston, DC, Oakland, or Remote) 

About JFF: 

JFF is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems. For over 35 years, JFF has led the way in designing innovative and scalable solutions that create access to economic advancement for all. Learn more about JFF and join us as we build a future that works.  

About the position: 

The Research Analyst II position sits within JFF’s Research and Analytics Unit, reporting to the Unit Director. The JFF Research and Analytics Unit is a growing group within JFF whose purpose is to lead research and evaluation activities that inform practice and policies that promote equitable and meaningful economic mobility for youth and adults. The team works externally, conducting research projects and providing evaluation services for a variety of funders, corporations, and other stakeholders. Internally, the team works as a learning partner to support the inclusion of research and evaluation components across JFF projects. Our activities, which draw from rigorous quantitative and qualitative data and methods, shed light on what works for whom in addressing disparities and fostering greater opportunity for learners and workers seeking to advance through training and education.

Our recent projects include:

  • A report on adaptations to career and technical education programs in the Covid context.
  • Analysis of federal apprentice data to identify gender and racial differences in young adults’ participation in registered apprenticeships and wage outcomes.
  • A multi-year mixed methods National Science Foundation-funded study on the impact of work-based learning on community college educational and employment outcomes and potential for broadening STEM education to women of all color and men of color.
  • Evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of the Google IT Support Professional Certificate administered through US community colleges.
  • A study of high school skilled trades education in the US examining programs offered, participation patterns, and student outcomes.
  • Evaluation of software development apprenticeships for broadening participation in advanced IT careers.

The Research Analyst will play a critical role in executing the work of the unit by supporting research and evaluation activities that inform JFF’s program and policy efforts, support our strategic objectives, and strengthen our influence in the field. Drawing on insights from existing content knowledge and ongoing learning, the Research Analyst will assist in identifying significant topics, programs, and policies that merit study and contribute to the development of new research projects to learn about them. 


What you'll do:  

  • Research Activities
    • Conduct research independently and/or lead small teams that advance JFF’s learning in education and workforce development on topics such as racial equity and economic mobility; structural barriers faced by Black learners and earners, immigrant integration issues, and solutions to mitigate barriers and foster advancement. 
    • Build, maintain, merge and manage large datasets using Stata or another statistical software package; effectively summarize descriptive data, and lead or contribute to conducting statistical analyses using advanced statistical methods (e.g., regression discontinuity designs, instrumental variables regressions, multilevel modeling).
    • Contribute to the development of new research and evaluation proposals to support the work of our unit.  
  • Project Management 
    • Contribute to the development and execution of work plans, timelines, and budgets to ensure project success.

  • Relationship Building and Management 
    • Support the Research and Analytics Unit in discussions with internal staff, external research professionals and partner organizations, and external funders to identify, shape, and pursue new work.

  • Strategic and Analytical Thinking
    • Participate in strategic planning to support the achievement of unit goals, and identify research topics and questions that can provide new insights and strengthen JFF’s leadership in the fields of education and workforce development.

  • Communication 
    • Develop a range of products (e.g., reports, peer review publications, blogs, infographics and conference presentations) to communicate results of research and evaluation projects.

  • Growth and Learning Mindset 
    • Develop new content knowledge to support and expand the work of the unit, and keep up to date on new discoveries, tools, approaches, and data sets relevant to the unit’s work.

Who you are:  

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree with 5 years of experience conducting research or evaluation in education, workforce development, immigrant integration, racial equity or related areas, or a recent Ph.D. with research experience in one of these areas
  • Experience developing, piloting, recruiting for, and fielding surveys and interview protocols for research and evaluation
  • Experience analyzing large secondary data sources
  • Experience collecting, cleaning, managing, and analyzing quantitative data including knowledge of statistical software (i.e.Stata, R2, SPSS)
  • Experience with data visualization tools a plus (e.g.,Tableau)
  • Experience analyzing qualitative data including coding for themes and analyzing themes for findings and the development of promising practices for the field
  • Knowledge of education and workforce systems
  • You possess high energy and passion for JFF’s mission; ability to apply JFF’s core values to all areas of your work
  • You model inclusive leadership, working effectively with diverse staff, and building and stewarding an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • You build positive, effective, collaborative cultures and teams wherever you work
  • You are a curious and adaptive learner, with a willingness to take in new information, perspectives, and data to inform your work 
  • You demonstrate a growth mindset and a desire to continuously improve in your work and approach
  • You are able and willing to travel 3-4 times a year.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at JFF: 

JFF is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. JFF fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience.  

To apply: 

As part of your application, please include your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, addressed to Lisa Soricone outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.

Positions at JFF are not eligible for employer-visa sponsorship or open to F-1 student visa holders.     

JFF offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and skills. 

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