Research Analyst/Senior Research Analyst

Washington, DC

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is a nonpartisan nonprofit research and advocacy organization committed to promoting access and success in higher education for all students with a focus on students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and other historically marginalized populations. Based in Washington, D.C., IHEP develops innovative, equity-centric, policy- and practice-oriented research to guide policymakers and education leaders in developing high-impact policies that will address our nation’s most pressing education challenges.


IHEP is seeking a Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst to provide project coordination to support the preparation of publications, presentations, learning experiences, convenings, and coalition-building activities; and conduct research and analysis to further IHEP’s research and advocacy agendas. The research team focuses on federal, state, and institutional policies related to racial and socioeconomic equity; postsecondary data and transparency; college access, affordability, success, and value; and projects that further the practical application of promising practices that drive postsecondary attainment, particularly for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and underserved Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and students from low-income backgrounds.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Engage in effective project management, which may include responsibility for content and logistic development, management of timeline and activities, communications with internal and external project participants including contractors such as copyeditors and designers, budget management including processing invoices and contracts, etc.
  • Draft and manage the production of reports, briefs, concept papers, PowerPoint presentations, memos, newsletters, and other content to disseminate research and analysis to key policy- and practice-audiences. A senior analyst would help generate ideas and identify materials that can be used to advocate IHEP positions to policymakers and practitioners (e.g., one-pagers, fact sheets, infographics).
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research and analysis of policy- and practice- relevant postsecondary education issues, including conducting literature and policy scans, reviewing and summarizing key takeaways of legislative and regulatory activity, performing data analyses, and summarizing findings. Tasks may include rapid responses to time-sensitive requests from media, policymakers, and partners. A senior analyst is expected to conceptualize research and policy ideas and lead content development with only moderate oversight.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with external partners, such as practitioners, peer organizations, external researchers, institutional partners, state and system-level collaborators, vendors (e.g., copyeditors), and others. A senior analyst will be expected to serve as point person for key relationships and identify and build new strategic relationships.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to various large-scale, grant- funded projects involving multiple organizational and institutional partners.
  • Work with IHEP’s Operations team to track and manage grants, including expenses, deliverables, grant reports, and budget modifications.
  • Collaborate with and assist other departments and staff as required, including contributing to office needs as they arise.

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Knowledge of and experience with both quantitative and qualitative research required.
  • At least a bachelor’s degree, ideally in an education or policy-related field, and one to two years of related work experience.
  • Passion for issues related to racial and socioeconomic equity, postsecondary data and transparency, college affordability, college access and completion, and/or college value required. Knowledge of and experience with higher education policy and research preferred.
  • Experience with postsecondary datasets such as IPEDS, BPS, and NPSAS preferred.


  • Self-motivated and eager contributor to a team who shares in the accolades of successes.
  • Desire to continuously improve skills and develop professionally.
  • Values and contributes to a respectful work environment with an openness and inclusion to all viewpoints.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects, and work under pressure, as well as strong interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team environment. 
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow through and push projects to completion amidst competing responsibilities.
  • Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to changing priorities in such a way that contributes to a project or team’s success.
  • Strong analytical, critical and strategic thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.


IHEP recognizes that a talented and diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce benefits individuals, partners, and IHEP as a whole. We recognize that all employees bring their own capabilities, experiences, and characteristics to their work. IHEP believes in treating all individuals with respect and dignity and strives to achieve a supportive environment in which all employees reach their maximum potential. At IHEP, diversity encompasses differences including, but not limited to, those of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, religion, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family responsibilities, experience, and education. The wide array of perspectives that results from such diversity promotes innovation and business success, further supporting the organization’s mission.

IHEP values a healthy work-life balance and offers a comprehensive benefits package with generous paid time off; health, dental, vision benefits; 401K matching; life and disability insurance, flexible work arrangements, and other benefits. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The position will include some travel.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (no more than five pages—an excerpt from a longer paper is acceptable) and apply through this website.

The Institute for Higher Education Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.