Research Associate

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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