Research Assistant

Reports to:  Sarah Sayko
Position Summary:  RMC Research Corporation in Arlington, VA seeks a part-time (24 hr./week) research assistant to join our staff. The primary responsibilities for this position will be to support work on a federally funded technical assistance Center focused on improving literacy outcomes for Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia. Center tasks primarily focus on providing families of children with literacy-related disabilities with research-based information to better assist their children.  The successful candidate may also support work on U.S. Department of Education Regional Comprehensive Centers and other projects.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in developing and refining Center literacy resources, such as literacy briefs, infographics, and tools to address the needs of 1) families and children; and 2) schools for family engagement.
  • Assists in identifying and curating research-based literacy resources from other organizations designed to address the needs of 1) families and children; and 2) schools for family engagement.
  • Researches and responds to field questions related to the needs of families and children and schools for family engagement.
  • Supports logistics and planning for regional events for families.
  • Supports logistics and planning for Center webinars.
  • Conducts ongoing reviews of current and/or emerging research to inform Center work.
  • Contributes to the ongoing conceptualization of Center activities.
  • Provides feedback to project staff on work products and field experiences.
  • Participates in project team meetings and serve as a periodic note taker.
  • May assist in technical assistance tasks that builds the capacity of State Education Agencies to implement, support, scale up, and sustain initiatives statewide and to lead and support their districts and schools in improving student outcomes

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
  • Knowledge of the Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read (2000).
  • Ability to read and interpret research studies.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information in writing for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews.
  • Ability to translate research into practical implications.
  • Ability to conduct data analysis and knowledge of data management software.
  • Ability to use a personal computer with knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project Management Software, and collaboration technologies.

Supervision:  Receives general supervision.  Employee is expected to work independently utilizing standard procedures and/or instructions.

Minimum Education, Experience and Additional Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in literacy education or literacy-related education, such as special education, early childhood education, or elementary education.
  • Preferred candidate has knowledge of IDEA and learning disabilities.

Instructions for Applying:

Please complete the online application and include the following information:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • Three professional references

Link to online application:

The position will remain open until filled.

 Americans with Disabilities Specifications:

While performing the duties of the position, the employees spends a large amount of their time sitting, reading, operating office equipment, talking and hearing in an office environment.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hand/fingers to handle or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, stoop or kneel.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 24 pounds.


This position description in no ways states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee assigned to this position.  He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor or owners of the Company.