Research Associate

Job Locations US-Remote
Posted Date 4 months ago(8/9/2021 1:17 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Children and Youth
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
BUILD Initiative


The BUILD Initiative ( is a national effort that advances state work on behalf of young children (prenatal-five), their families, and communities. BUILD staff partner with early childhood state leaders focused on early learning, health, mental health and nutrition, child welfare, and family support and engagement to create the policies, infrastructure, and cross-sector connections necessary for quality and equity. BUILD provides consultation, planning, and tailored implementation assistance, learning opportunities, resources, and cross-state peer exchanges. These efforts help state leaders improve and expand access to quality and promote equitable outcomes for our youngest children.

The BUILD team is virtual; team members are located across the country. The person filling this position will work from a home office. Team members have opportunities to attend in-person meetings but work primarily via phone and computer.

BUILD is fiscally sponsored by TSNE (, which provides financial and grants management, human resources, legal, and other supports.


BUILD is seeking a Research Associate to support all aspects of the organizations evaluation and documentation processes including idea, and method development, conducting evaluation activities and producing reports and other deliverables. You will be working with a diverse group of professionals and under the supervision of the BUILD Research and Evaluation Manager. This position is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a highly effective team to bring about positive change for young children and families, to learn about all aspects of the early childhood field, and to work at the forefront of an exciting movement to promote early childhood systems building.


Essential Functions

  • Support the design of research and evaluation efforts;
  • Develop, schedule, and administer survey instruments, interview protocols, and other methodologies to support evaluation and documentation goals;
  • Review, analyze and utilize quantitative and qualitative data for reporting and internal continuous improvement efforts. This includes: Identifying and reporting on themes, selecting quotes to highlight findings, and summarizing findings from interviews and focus groups;
  • Prepare formal reports of findings for various audiences, including funders and state early childhood leaders;
  • Tabulate and maintain data;
  • Identify and make use of existing data sources (e.g., census data) when appropriate;
  • Create easily understandable, visually clear PPT slides and other mechanisms to communicate evaluation and research results and data supporting BUILD state teams and staff in early childhood systems development efforts, producing tables, graphs, and other data visualizations;
  • Coordinate with other BUILD teams including state services team, National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers (NCIT) Capacity-Building Hub team, the Communications Team, and BUILD’s leadership.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • This position requires strong analytic skills and logical thinking, great attention to detail, excellent writing skills, excellent communication skills;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office required, Excel for data analysis and possibly Tableau type platform. Experience with statistical and qualitative software packages preferred but not required;
  • Ability to use Survey Monkey to build instruments, implement and gather survey data;
  • Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience or demonstrated ability to perform entry level research and data analysis.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be performed 100% remotely.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $55,000 year - $60,000 and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost Guardian Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/The BUILD Initiative envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/The BUILD Initiative will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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