The Research Associate is an experienced research professional with a working knowledge of international higher education and a passion for and commitment to advancing WES’s thought leadership through research. Working under the supervision of the Associate Director of Research s/he is responsible for executing myriad qualitative research functions and activities for WES Research and presenting the findings to internal and external audiences.
Primary Duties included but not limited to:
- Assisting in the designing and planning of research.
- Preparing documents, portions of reports, briefs, charts, and graphs that describe and interpret research findings.
- Conducting and annotating literature reviews.
- Writing research reports, which are rigorous and at the same time have practical implications for World Education News & Reviews, and occasionally through external publications.
- Monitoring, interpreting and organizing trends and developments in the field of international higher education for WES’s internal newsletter and in formulation of WES’s research and editorial agenda.
- Conducting qualitative market research for new or potential WES products and services.
- Presenting WES Research at conferences and on webinars.
- Providing methodological advice and support for research projects.
- Working independently or collaboratively on a variety of ad hoc research requests from other departments.
Secondary Duties included but not limited to:
- Fact checking:
- WES webinars
- WES research articles
- WES reports
- WES internal documents
- Conducting data collection activities.
- Conducting data analysis using descriptive statistics and advanced statistical methods.
- Designing and implementing online surveys.
The Ideal Candidate will:
- Be proficient in working with data.
- Possess demonstrated knowledge of understanding and applying research principles.
- Have strong ability to research topics using secondary sources, and to synthesize insights into original reports relevant to internal and external audiences.
- Have strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to write about research-heavy topics fluidly for a non-academic audience.
- Possess strong project management and organizational skills.
- Have creative problem solving skills.
- Be able to work independently and as a member of a team.
- Be a team player with an entrepreneurial spirit.
- Minimum 3 years' experience
- Master’s degree in international education, international affairs, journalism, or immigration studies.
- Bachelor’s degree in a writing intensive field such as English or Journalism is an asset, but not required.
- Proven ability to write research reports and articles
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