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Education Reform Now Advocacy

Research Assistant

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ROLE:​ Research Assistant 


POSITION TYPE: Part-Time Non-Exempt, Temporary, 9-month commitment aligning to election season

START DATE: March 4th, 2024 or ASAP

REPORTS TO:  Senior Data and Advocacy Analyst 


DFER is seeking a Research Assistant to join our team!  This includes:

  • Conducting research on candidates and various state races
  • Managing data sets through SPSS, Excel, and Tableau 
  • Developing data results into a format easily understandable for  other employees

Applicants must be legally authorized to work for any employer in the United States and will be required to submit proof of eligibility.  We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa at this time.


Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a national political organization that supports elected Democrats and candidates for office who seek to expand policies and practices that work well for America’s students and confront those that do not. We are education progressives who prioritize students and families, especially low-income students and students of color who should be better served by our country’s public education system.   

DFER partner Education Reform Now Advocacy (ERNA) is an advocacy group that advances education reform measures through empowering community leaders to support our legislative and political advocacy work. ERNA keeps constant pressure on legislators to champion high-quality public education. 

DFER partner Education Reform Now (ERN) is a nonpartisan think tank that promotes increased resources and innovative reforms in K-16 public education, particularly for students of color and students from low-income families. 


1. Support for Progressive Education Leaders — In an approach that is markedly different from our peers and partners in the field, DFER engages directly with candidates and elected officials to empower them to advocate for education policies that focus foremost on serving students. Our partner organization, Education Reform Now, does work that involves policy research, analysis and education that helps policy makers at all levels understand complex education issues and make informed decisions. 

2. Informing the Education Debate — Our coalition work reflects the breadth of our policy priorities. We work collaboratively with organizations and our community networks to create an education system that is held accountable to all kids and families.

3. Targeted Interventions and Rapid Response — DFER’s reach from the most local district relationships to state and federal policymakers, enables us to respond quickly to the changing landscape and policy trends. Activities vary significantly from project to project and may include training, policy analysis, public engagement, electoral and issue advocacy, and policy guidance for elected officials and local advocates.



  • Present analysis results to internal audiences.
  •  Drive the development of dashboards, their automation and deployment, to be used by key stakeholders within the organization.
  • Construct and consolidate internal databases to be used in visualizations.
  • Set up and run custom surveys and experiments.
  • Create and edit custom charts in Tableau and SPSS.
  • Monitor data and surveys for quality. 
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Publication date: 2024-02-13
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