Senior Quantitative Researcher/Data Scientist

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Digital Promise · Remote (USA)

Data + Analytics
$121,550 - $132,275 Per Year
Posted 3 weeks ago

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About Digital Promise Global
Digital Promise Global is an independent, bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to spur innovation to advance equity and improve the opportunity to learn. Positioned at the intersection of educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers, Digital Promise Global identifies, develops, and promotes strategies to improve education and provide people with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy. Digital Promise centers our work in equity and values and rewards inclusivity, collaboration, and innovation.

About the Position
As part of the new Digital Promise Education Technology team, the Senior Quantitative Researcher/ Data Scientist will support primarily external partners in designing studies, analyzing data, and synthesizing findings. This position will lead quantitative research in two areas. For the first, this position will study the impact of education technology on instructor teaching and student outcomes, including motivation, engagement, persistence, student learning, and course success for postsecondary learners for historically and systematically excluded backgrounds. Building on this work, this position will also support a new initiative to understand and explore how a cohort of education technology organizations can improve motivation, engagement, and persistence of historically and systematically excluded learners through rapid cycle research and development of product features.


  • Lead the development of quantitative research design for projects that develop and/or evaluate inclusive and equitable education technologies and innovations.
  • Conduct rigorous quantitative analysis (including power analyses) involving the wrangling, cleaning, and analysis of survey, learning analytics, and student outcomes data.
  • Contribute to finding and designing appropriate measures of motivation, engagement, and learning outcomes that can be used for rapid cycle continuous improvement of products and services.
  • Prepare updates, memos, and reports on data analysis progress and findings for partners, clients, funders, and agencies.
  • Contribute to reports and publications for partners, funders, and the broader field, and support dissemination of research findings to practitioners, developers, and researchers.
  • Work with education technology developers, educators, administrators, and other researchers in research-practice partnerships.
  • Lead or co-lead quantitative research design components for proposals.
  • Collaborate with teams across Digital Promise.


  • A Ph.D. in learning analytics, learning sciences, psychometrics, quantitative methods, or a related field + 3 years of relevant experience (relevant Master’s degree with 6 or more years of quantitative research experience will also be considered).
  • High expertise in a subset of these quantitative methods (e.g., learning analytics, multilevel modeling, econometrics, psychometrics, machine learning).
  • Expertise in a subset of these topics: research on motivation, engagement, belonging, and/or culturally responsive practice.
  • Expertise in conducting data analysis in R.
  • Expertise in at least one online survey tool platform (Qualtrics preferred).
  • Experience working with EdTech product teams or related programs to support rapid-cycle research and development.
  • Experience working with learning platform data and other large datasets is preferred.
  • Interest in working closely with education and technology partners to understand their questions and develop and iterate on study designs and data outputs that address them.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; proven ability to communicate with practitioners and technology developer partners about analytic findings.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and manage competing tasks, deadlines, requirements, and decisions.
  • A passion for education, a team mentality, creativity, and a positive “can-do” “yes-and” spirit

At Digital Promise, we also seek candidates with:

  • A strong commitment to improving equity and accessibility in education
  • A commitment to anti-racist approaches to our work
  • Diverse life experiences
  • An interest in redesigning learning systems
  • Experience collaborating with cross-functional team members to ensure information is shared, projects are completed on time, and goals are reached.

Working Conditions:
Digital Promise Global is a hybrid organization. Employees are expected to travel at least 4 times a year for in-person meetings and the annual staff retreat. Additional travel may be required based on role and responsibilities.
(a)Travel up to 20%
(b)Physical/Sensory Demands Fast-paced working environment. Extensive computer usage and online engagement & communication. Must be willing to build inclusive relationships and collaborate with employees at all levels within the organization and external partners.
(c)Special Provisions:
Occasional work outside of normal business hours, such as weekends and evenings required.


We consider candidate experience and location when determining where a candidate may fall within that range. Digital Promise offers a competitive total rewards package including coverage of 85% of health insurance premiums for employee coverage and 75% of health insurance premiums for dependent and family coverage, 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 3% 401k employer contribution, 3% employer 401k match, and a flexible work environment.

The full-time salary range for the Senior Quantitative Researcher/Data Scientist position based on geographical regions is listed below, with an exact salary depending on relevant experience.

California: $121,550 - $132,275

DC Metro Area & NYC: $110,500 - $120,250

National: $99,450 - $108,225

To Apply
Please apply and submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis until the search is successful.

Digital Promise is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to
race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status,
sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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