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Research Assistant

Objective: Support the Research Department in all aspects of its work to provide insight into lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues in K-12 education, and evaluate the efficacy of GLSEN programs and recommended interventions. 

Reports to: Director of Research



A. Assist with GLSEN’s current research studies that include both original primary research related to LGBT issues in K-12 education and evaluation research examining the efficacy of GLSEN’s recommended interventions. 

• Assist in creating and maintaining data sets

• Perform data entry, cleaning, and coding


B. Assist with development and design of new research, including primary research and evaluation research.

• Perform literature reviews and library research

• Assist in designing survey instruments, interview/focus group protocols and creating code books

• Assist in design and execution of research subject recruitment strategies (including traditional and social media outreach)

• Assist with administration of GLSEN’s Research Advisory Bodies, including corresponding with members, scheduling meetings, and processing reimbursement and honoraria requests


C. Assist with preparation and presentation of GLSEN’s research findings and summaries of other relevant research for internal and external audiences.

• Assist in basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis 

• Support the writing and editing of research reports, briefs, and other presentation material for internal and external audiences. 

• Provide support for the design of presentation materials for conferences and webinars.

• Disseminate research findings and information about the Research Department through traditional and social media channels (including GLSEN’s website, twitter, and email listservs)

• Maintain research literature database, including developing, updating, and maintaining a knowledge base of the current social science literature regarding LGBT issues in education


D. Provide technical assistance to GLSEN staff and key stakeholders to promote GLSEN’s mission.

• Respond to external requests for information about GLSEN’s research, applications of external researchers to GLSEN’s Research Ethics Review Committee and to other research questions regarding LGBT issues and education

• Respond to internal requests for research results and statistical information of use to GLSEN’s communications, policy, and programmatic efforts

• Shepard outside requests for applications to GLSEN’s Research Ethics Review Committee

• Other duties as assigned


Required skills:

• Master’s degree in Psychology, Public Health, Education, or other Social Sciences, or related field preferred OR Bachelor’s degree in related field and 1+ years of research-related work experience

• Strong familiarity with quantitative research and familiarity with qualitative research methods

• Experience managing datasets, including data cleaning and coding

• Familiarity SPSS preferred

• Familiarity with LGBT issues (preferably LGBT issues in education or LGBT youth issues)

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Word, and Power Point

• Organizational skills and ability to work as part of a team

• Familiarity with social media tools (e.g., twitter, Facebook)

• Attention to detail and ability to multi-task

• Commitment to GLSEN’s mission and goals


This position will be located in GLSEN's New York City headquarters.

Resume and letter of interest including salary requirements should be submitted at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, of diverse gender identities, women and non-LGBT persons to apply.