The American Institutes for Research (AIR): Research Associate (Adult Learning)


The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. Our work spans the continuum of education throughout the life-span (from early childhood development to adult education) and workforce training and is in line with AIR's vision: that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people. We are currently seeking a Researcher and professional development specialist with a focus on Adult Education and Literacy for our Education, Human Development, and the Workforce Program in our Washington, DC (Georgetown) office.


You will support AIR's adult education and literacy work by improving adult education program quality and teacher effectiveness.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and deliver professional development activities to state and local adult education staff
  • Support development of online courses through design of training activities
  • Use of online learning platforms, course management systems (e.g., Moodle), and other social media programs
  • Provide analytic support by applying current research and practice to develop reports and project products
  • Develop written reports and documents
  • Project management and supervision of junior staff


Candidates must have at least a Master's degree in a social science field. At least 2 years’ experience in adult education professional development, research, or teaching is strongly preferred. The selected candidate should also have experience and/or knowledge of research methods, quantitative methods, and experience designing and providing professional development to adult educators, including through the use of technology and social networking tools. Ability to work in a team setting. Experience with project budgets a plus.

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at To apply, please go to Candidates must apply online for consideration.  EOE.