The Quantitative Research Assistant (QRA) works with CAL’s psychometrics and quantitative research team to provide assistance and support in research and project activities related to the ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency assessment and other English language proficiency assessments. The QRA assists senior researchers in the preparation of analyses and tables and figures to include in written reports. Work includes the analysis of assessment data for internal and external applications, and the preparation of technical reports.
Creating SPSS syntax to clean and manipulate data sets.
Work with large data files, including investigating and understanding data transfer procedures and their applications.
Descriptive statistical analysis in Excel and SPSS.
Investigating and understanding data sets and their connection to applications.
Work to prepare technical reports.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a related field, with at least two (2) years of relevant experience; or
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a relevant field with strong quantitative background.
Experience working with SPSS, in a professional position or extended research project.
Experience working with Excel, in a professional position or extended research project.
Experience working with large quantitative data sets.
Experience with following quality control procedures and documenting workflow.
Experience working with a quantitative research team.
Experience with SPSS syntax, in a professional position or extended research project.
Experience with educational assessment, especially language assessment and/or online adaptive assessment.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Advanced SPSS skills.
Advanced Excel skills.
Great attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to complete projects independently.
Internal Number: 19-15
About Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
CAL is an internationally recognized nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote access, equity, and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world. Presently, CAL houses major federally funded projects on English language learning, foreign languages, language policy, language assessment, and literacy education. Research and application efforts focus on diverse areas of language education, language policy, assessment, and training. CAL has an annual operating budget of approximately $17 million, with a staff of approximately 60.
CAL has focused its efforts largely on language education and assessment, and on issues of equity and access for language minority populations. In recent years, CAL has broadened its focus in response to private sector needs in the areas of workplace literacy and linguistic diversity in the workplace.