Contract Program Research Associate

Duration: 6-12 Months

Compensation: $45.00, Hourly

Work Schedule: 15-20 Hours, Weekly

The Program Research Associate will provide landscape research and analysis to the reimagination of current programs and creation of future pilot programs in The Washington Center’s Innovation Institute. In this role, the part-time Associate will collaborate with the Senior Manager, Program Innovation and the Executive Director of Workforce Readiness and Programs to research, analyze and make recommendations as to current programs and future pilot programs in discrete ways, as directed by the Senior Manager.   

The Washington Center is a majority remote organization: for most employees, employment with TWC will not be contingent on physical presence in an office space. The Washington Center does have some physical space in Washington, D.C. and the individual in this role is expected to work in-person as and when the need arises. 

Essential Functions

External Landscape Research on Program and Content Development and Implementation

  • Under direction from supervisor, define, research and create aggregated written reports with summary/conclusion towards current or future TWC programs.  
  • Conduct literature reviews and assemble accurate and credible sources and information on the subject assigned by supervisor. 
  • Research may also include focus groups (virtually) with current staff, constituents, partners or external parties unaffiliated with TWC.  
  • Assist in the restructuring of new business processes and the creation of support materials to aid a new business task force. Maintain repositories for individual programs and institutional knowledge germane to project development and management of new programs. 

Assessment and Recommendations

  • Based on external landscape research and regional DC metropolitan area research, analyze quantitative and qualitative aggregated information to create written proposal of recommendations towards revisions of existing TWC programs or pilots for future virtual, hybrid and in-person programs. 
  • Research markets inside and external to the Washington, D.C. area for the purposes of competition analyses, pricing comparisons, geographical needs/priorities, demographic focus, targeted marketing, or other business cases.
  • Assist in the generation and evaluation of program assessments, including but not limited to survey questionnaires, focus group questions, and organization-wide debriefs.  

Other Responsibilities 

  • Assist Executive Director of Workforce Readiness and Programs and/or Director of Programs in troubleshooting and problem solving in suggested implementation of new or revision of existing TWC programs. 
  • Assist Senior Manager, Program Innovation with other engagement (if desired/requested).  

Preferred Education/Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree (or pursuit of) preferred; Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Experience in educational or adult learning research or in developing and designing learning content/programs.
  • Knowledge of DC metropolitan area workforce and government.
  • Knowledge of current statistics and needs for higher education, career readiness, internship management, or other related fields.
  • Topical understanding of at least one of the following: experiential education, universal design, diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Competencies Required to Perform the Job Successfully

  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Self-Awareness 

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibility.

The Washington Center's Values

Guiding our mission work in every regard – internally and externally:

  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Learning
  • Connection & Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Impact

Equipment Used to Perform the Job 

May be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:

  • Cloud-based technologies
  • Standard office equipment, including a computer, job-related software 

Physical Abilities 

Commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please do so via our online application form

This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws.

Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. 

The Washington Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is TWC's policy to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Provisions in applicable laws providing for bona fide occupational qualifications, business necessity or age limitations will be adhered to by the organization where appropriate. 

The Washington Center stands in solidarity with all marginalized communities. We believe communities are strengthened by the inclusion of and equity for all people. Racism, hate, and violence have no place in our society, and we condemn all such acts. We are committed to becoming an anti-racist and anti-hate organization. 

We commit to continuously striving for diversity, equity and inclusion through ongoing education, reflection, and awareness. As an organization nearing five decades in existence, we recognize we have work to do. At The Washington Center, each person brings unique and varied lived experiences which inform our thoughts, actions, and decision-making processes. We aim to create an inclusive, safe environment for our staff, students, and all stakeholders, where everyone’s differences are honored, every perspective is valued, and everyone is safe to bring forth their authentic selves.