Research Assistant at Child Trends in Massachusetts

Research Assistant, Early Childhood
Regular 100% Full-Time
Massachusetts, Waltham, MA, US
Requisition ID : 1391
Salary Range : Up to 40500.00 (USD) Annually


Child Trends has an opening for a full-time Early Childhood Research Assistant in its new Waltham, MA office location. We are looking for support on research activities for several projects related to early childhood topics, as well as some support on administrative activities for the office as a whole.

General Description

Under the supervision of Early Childhood staff, the Research Assistant supports social science research projects by helping to gather data and other information from study participants and stakeholders; helping to develop project materials and data collection tools; administering surveys and questionnaires, conducting interviews, and compiling results; collecting, tabulating, and analyzing data; contributing to reports, briefs, and other deliverables; managing project files and reporting requirements; supporting communication with funders; and performing other duties as necessary. The administrative duties supporting the Massachusetts office will be in coordination with other facilities staff at Child Trends headquarters.

Typical Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide administrative support to Massachusetts office:
    • Serve as MA office point of contact for building management, facilities staff, and safety committee.
    • Sign for packages, distribute mail, and stock routine business supplies.
    • Train new staff on usage of copier, postage machine, conference room equipment, and phones then help troubleshoot and report issues to IT as necessary.
    • Coordinate with main office to order supplies and furniture or remove equipment and offsite storage boxes as needed; track and organize supplies in the Waltham office.
    • Answer incoming calls to the main office number and triage to appropriate staff.
  • Provide support to research projects and program area:
    • Conduct literature reviews on specified topics and synthesize information according to instructions.
    • Recruit and follow-up with study participants.
    • Conduct data collection through observations, interviews, surveys, and other methods, as needed.
    • Tabulate and maintain study data; assist with data entry; clean data and perform quality checks; develop tables and graphs.
    • Process and analyze quantitative data using SAS/SPSS, or other statistical packages.
    • Analyze qualitative data using tools such as Dedoose or NVivo and basic thematic coding methods.
    • Take notes during meetings with funders or other project stakeholders.
    • Organize project files and track important project deadlines.
    • Assist with clerical tasks, answering phones, and photocopying.


  • Ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent organization skills, attention to detail, communication skills and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Comfortable with technology and office equipment.
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in one of the social sciences, and the demonstrated ability to perform beginning level research in a social science field.
  • Strong detail-orientation, written and verbal communication skills, and experience with literature reviews required.
  • Experience with early childhood research or policy.
  • Experience with laboratory-based research or research in applied settings.
  • Experience with a statistical package such as SAS, SPSS, or Stata strongly preferred, but not required.
  • Spanish language skills a plus but not required.

How to Apply:

Please click “apply” to begin your application. When asked by the system to upload your resume, please upload one document that includes your resume, cover letter, transcripts, a writing sample, and three professional references. Materials must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any difficulties with this process please email the requested materials to recruitment (at) and make sure to reference the position in the subject line. No phone calls please!


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