Join Our Team

Challenge Success is a non-profit school reform organization affiliated with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. We are a small and dynamic team of educators, researchers, mental health professionals, and youth development experts committed to helping schools and families create a healthy, well-balanced, and academically engaging life for kids.




Challenge Success is seeking a Research Assistant who will join our research team to assist with our survey administration, data collection and management, visualization, and reporting efforts. The Challenge Success research team works primarily remotely, with opportunities to participate in conferences and staff meetings in person as needed. The position is full time and starts immediately.


  • Managing incoming data from student and parent surveys in Qualtrics.
  • Merging data from multiple surveys into combined data sets.
  • Creating, reviewing, and managing digital dashboards of survey results.
  • Revising dashboard appearance and layout.
  • Writing “executive summaries” of results from completed surveys.
  • Integrating survey data collection and analysis processes with Salesforce database.
  • Coordinating with program team and schools to schedule and participate in survey calls.
  • Reviewing and improving survey administration process and progress tracking.
  • Participate in weekly research meetings.
  • Opportunities for other research-related projects as time allows.


  • Experience and comfort with data analysis software — such as SPSS, STATA, or R — and Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with Salesforce and Qualtrics, and knowledge of APIs which allow cross-platform integration.
  • If no prior experience with these programs, familiarity with similar database and data collection platforms, and an ability to learn new software applications quickly.
  • Knowledge of basic ideas in statistics and survey research (i.e. Likert scale, measures of central tendency, priming, variable types).
  • Familiarity with basic principles of data visualization (i.e., appropriate match between data type and graph type, appropriate encoding of variables in visualizations, etc.).
  • Written communication skills; comfort communicating with school leaders over email and/or video chat.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail.

Bachelor’s degree, or Associates in data management or a related field. Coursework or experience in Education/Psychology a plus.

Commensurate with experience and at or above the 75th percentile of compensation as compared to Northern California Fair Pay for Non-Profits.

Please send your resume and a brief cover letter to Paul Franz at


Applications for Challenge Success summer internships are closed for 2019.  Please check back in January 2020 for details on our 2020 summer internships.

Challenge Success is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.