job: qualitative research consultant, NY

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Fri Mar 19 12:53:52 CST 2004

From: Natalie Price <ngp209 at>

Part-time Qualitative Research Position

Description:  New York University’s Institute for Education and Social 
Policy is beginning year two of a multi-year research study of 
community organizing efforts for public school reform in eight U.S. 
cities. The participating organizations have a history of organizing to 
improve local public schools as well as varied organizing philosophies 
and practices. The qualitative/quantitative study encompasses site 
visits, interviews, observations, and analysis of school achievement 
data in the eight cities studied. We are looking for a part-time 
consultant to work as part of the research team.

Duties Include:
Primary qualitative researcher for New York City-based study site:

•Conducting primary research through observations of events and 
interviews with people involved in the community organizing group’s 
work including parents, organizers, teachers, principals, district 
administrators and policy makers;
•Preparing field notes and analysis;
•Managing administrative details of the fieldwork and communicating 
with the site on travel and other logistics;
•Participating in development of research instruments;
•Participating in regular research team meetings to develop cross-site 
analysis of field data, statistical data on school and neighborhood 
characteristics and context factors;
•Participating in drafting and reviewing drafts of working papers.
The qualitative researcher will work the equivalent of 25 days per year 
including site visits, preparation of field notes, field data analysis and 
meeting participation.

1.Graduate degree with a research focus in the social sciences or 
2.Experience conducting qualitative research, including site based 
fieldwork. Ability to work closely and effectively with a research team 
with varied research experience. 
3.Strong communications skills, including the ability to synthesize and 
convey analysis of complex field materials. Writing samples will be 
4.Knowledge of community organizing and urban public education 
5.Fluency in Spanish is preferred, though not required.

To Apply:
Please send your resume or c.v. to Natalie Price by e-mail 
(ngp209 at by March 31, 2004

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