Research Coordinator

Research Coordinator

The School of Education & Social Policy at Northwestern University is looking for a full-time post-baccalaureate fellow to serve as “Research Coordinator” of an interdisciplinary research team starting Summer 2022. The position will directly report to Dr. Quinn Mulroy (Assistant Professor, School of Education and Social Policy).

The research coordinator will have the opportunity to collaborate on a mixed-methods study that examines the historical development of civil rights policies in key issue areas (e.g. higher education, employment, housing) and traces how racial discrimination becomes embedded into policy and politics over time. The study involves secondary research (literature reviews), primary archival data collection, and secondary quantitative data analysis (depending on candidate interests and experience). The Research Coordinator will be responsible for a wide range of research-related tasks that may include:

Project Development and Management: support communication among project

partners and with archival data sites; develop and maintain project and meeting

schedules; create project manuals and develop organizational systems to track project

progress and data collection; support the management and training of undergraduate

research assistants

Data Collection, Management and Analysis: support the research team in identifying

data from multiple archival sites (in New York, Washington D.C., and other locations);

support primary data collection; manage data storage and access; code data using

qualitative software (e.g. NVIVO); code data using statistical software (e.g., Stata,

optional); create codebooks and data management protocols; conduct data cleaning and

analysis when appropriate

Research Support: prepare conference presentations; review and copy-edit researchrelated

documents such as manuscripts and grant submissions; assist with grants

management and project funding.

Communication and Administration: schedule and coordinate team meetings; manage

calendar invites and Zoom links; take notes and minutes; manage and

support the research team (e.g., hire Research Assistants, oversee day-to-day activities,

order research materials).


A successful candidate should have:

A recently granted Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Political Science, History,

Sociology, Public Policy, Education, or related field (no more than six months between

degree date and position start date);

Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and verbal,

written, and interpersonal communication skills;

Experience in project management, data collection, and analysis;

Experience in Excel, Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Forms), and other data

collection/management software (NVIVO, Dedoose, or Atlas TI experience preferred)

Interest in policy and politics.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume (must include date Bachelor’s or Master’s degree was conferred), and names of 3 references to


The position will be a one-year appointment. The review of applications will begin in late June and continue until the position is filled.

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