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Senior Evaluation and Research Associate

Job Summary

The Senior Evaluation and Research Associate will support the work of the ELRC by leading and conducting high quality learning research and evaluation using theory-driven and evidence-based approaches.  Collaborating with faculty, researchers, and practitioners across campus, the nation, and the world, the Senior Evaluation and Research Associate will provide knowledge and expertise in:  learning research and theory; research and evaluation design and methodology; front-end, formative, summative, and program evaluation; and evaluation frameworks.  The Senior Evaluation and Research Associate will work under limited supervision with team members, collaborators and clients to develop appropriate evaluation plans and/or research designs, oversee initiation of the evaluation and/or research plans and regulatory documents for projects and identify, train and monitor staff to fulfill project evaluation or research needs.  The Senior Evaluation and Research associate will oversee and participate in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of research and evaluation data, make recommendations for project improvement to project staff, provide data for project reporting and lead or aid in the preparation of scholarly presentations and manuscripts.  The Senior Evaluation and Research Associate will also develop evaluation methodologies, theories, and instruments as needed, enhance capacity by providing appropriate training, and serve as a consultant for projects and partnerships.  The Senior Evaluation and Research Associate will monitor trends in learning research and evaluation, identify and research emerging fields and potential funding opportunities, and contribute to scholarship around learning and evaluation.

The College of Education aspires to be a collaborative community.  We are innovators discovering new ideas and solutions that will foster a positive global impact for faculty, staff, students, and community.  Successful candidates are expected to embrace diversity, promote inclusive excellence, and encourage freedom of thought and speech.




  • Master's Degree
  • Three years of relevant and progressive experience
  • Experience in the design, implementation, interpretation and management of program evaluation and educational research using quantitative tools
  • Documented evidence of experience in effectively managing multiple complex projects
  • Expertise in the use of quantitative tools of social science to design and implement research/program evaluation projects/studies
  • Knowledge and experience designing and implementing randomized control studies and quasi-experimental designs in an education setting
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as well as strong organizations skills with a good working knowledge of statistics and education research design
  • Strong analytical skills as well as a good working knowledge of quantitative evaluation and research design especially with regard to educational programs
  • Demonstrated ability to develop evaluation instruments and demonstrate knowledge of education evaluation/research methods including the design and implementation of randomized control trials (RCTs), quasi and non-experimental designs plus a working knowledge of methods of causal analysis (e.g. HLM and SEM)
  • Significant expertise in project management and ability to effectively build teams and manage multiple complex projects simultaneously while maintaining a high level of professionalism and precision
  • Ability to be a self-starter, independent thinker with the ability to work collaboratively with team members, partners, stakeholders, and funders from a wide variety of disciplines and organizations
  • Communication/presentation, computer (word processing, database management, PowerPoint, SPSS and/or SAS, NVivo) and organization skills


  • Knowledge and experience developing evaluations that meet What Works Clearing House criteria and understanding of grant development
  • Experience working with partners to identify funding opportunities, develop proposals, disseminate knowledge, and implement and manage new projects
  • Knowledge and experience working with one or more federal funding agency, including USAID, NSF, NIH, DOE
  • Knowledge of best practices in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education


Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check is required for employment in this position
  • FLSA:  Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contributions Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.