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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.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (Posted 9/11/19)
RESEARCH ASSISTANT (Updated 9/6/19)
2020 SUMMER INTERNS

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.


SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Challenge Success is seeking a Senior Research Associate who will lead the organization in its efforts to connect high-quality research to school settings in order to improve students’ well-being and engagement with learning. This person will work closely with both the research and program teams as well as with middle and high school communities. This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Research.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborating and communicating with school staff regarding the Challenge Success student and parent survey administration, results, and implications
  • Reviewing and analyzing existing qualitative and quantitative data and improving current data collection methods 
  • Reporting and presenting results from Challenge Success surveys in formats applicable to both internal and external audiences
  • Managing and collaborating with Challenge Success staff to achieve continuous improvement of data visualization and communication to schools and other audiences
  • Reviewing, managing, and communicating pertinent research in a timely fashion to Challenge Success staff and schools
  • Presenting research-related topics (including effective use of data in school settings) at workshops, conferences, and other settings
  • Managing research team goals and identifying professional development opportunities
  • Managing research team personnel, weekly meetings, and communicating to Director of Research on a regular basis

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 5 years of experience designing and conducting research in educational settings, preferably in research-practice partnerships
  • At least 3 years working in middle and/or high school classrooms/schools 
  • Significant experience presenting to educators and related constituents
  • Comprehensive knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods, data collection, and analysis
  • Ability to engage program and school staff in data-driven program improvement 
  • Published articles in a variety of mediums including academic journals
  • Excellent communication, analytical thinking, organizational, and collaboration skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, with an eagerness to turn obstacles into opportunities and wrestle with tough questions
  • Integrity, flexibility, sense of humor, and a commitment to work-life balance
  • Knowledge of education literature
  • Experience managing a team
  • Willingness to travel 

EDUCATION
Master’s degree or PhD in education, psychology, and/or related field

TYPICAL WEEK

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

THE TEAM
You will report to the Director of Research, Sarah Miles.

TO APPLY
Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@challengesuccess.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until October 15, 2019.

EXPLORE FAQS


RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Challenge Success is seeking a Research Assistant who will join our research team to assist with survey administration, data collection and management, visualization, and reporting efforts. This is an entry-level position with opportunities for growth. The Challenge Success research team works primarily remotely, and at times will participate in school conferences and staff meetings in person if/as needed. The position is full time and starts immediately.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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 permits.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience and comfort with data analysis software — such as SPSS, STATA, or R — and Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with Salesforce and Qualtrics, and knowledge of 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 a must.

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

TYPICAL WEEK

COMPENSATION
$55k-$60k + benefits. Commensurate with experience and at or above the 75th percentile of compensation as compared to Northern California Fair Pay for Non-Profits.

THE TEAM
You will report to Research Associate, Samantha Selby, and Research Director, Sarah Miles.

TO APPLY
Please send your resume and cover letter to Sarah Miles and Samantha Selby at jobs@challengesuccess.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 25, 2019 at 5pm PT.

EXPLORE FAQs


SUMMER INTERNSHIPS 

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

 


RESEARCH ASSISTANT FAQS

  • Where is this job located? The job is remote. We have an office in Menlo Park, CA and on the Stanford University campus, but over half of our team is based outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • What is the start date? Fall 2019.

  • What is the salary range (and benefits) for this role?  $55K – $60K + benefits.

  • What are my typical office hours? Challenge Success’ regular business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a full-time, exempt position, and you may be expected to work additional hours as required by the nature of your work assignments. At times, your schedule may shift depending on the geographic location of the accounts that you manage as some customers may require earlier/later availability from you based on their time zone. 

  • How much travel is required for this role?  We estimate that you will spend less than 10% of your time traveling for this role. You will need to travel to attend Challenge Success conferences and staff retreats across the U.S. but primarily in Palo Alto, Boston, New York, or Chicago.

  • What does the application process look like? To apply, email us your resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the position. There will be two or three rounds of interviews via Zoom with members of the hiring teams as well as a task to complete to demonstrate data analysis skills. In the final interview stage, we will ask candidates to provide references.

SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FAQS

  • Where is this job located? The job is remote. We have an office in Menlo Park, CA and on the Stanford University campus, but over half of our team is based outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • What is the start date? Fall 2019. 

  • What are my typical office hours? Challenge Success’ regular business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a full-time, exempt position, and you may be expected to work additional hours as required by the nature of your work assignments. At times, your schedule may shift depending on the geographic location of the accounts that you manage as some customers may require earlier/later availability from you based on their time zone. 

  • How much travel is required for this role?  We estimate that you will spend less than 15% of your time traveling for this role. You will need to travel to attend Challenge Success conferences and staff retreats across the U.S. but primarily in Palo Alto, Boston, New York, and Chicago.

  • What does the application process look like? To apply, email us your resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the position. There will be two or three rounds of interviews via Zoom with members of the hiring teams and we may ask for a writing sample. In the final interview stage, we will ask candidates to provide references.