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Research Scientist for Character Assessment Programs

The Research Scientist for Character Assessment Program is responsible for developing and executing the research agenda, analysis, and technical documentation for character assessment products, product enhancements, and product redesign.

This role reports to:
Senior Director of Psychometrics and Assessment

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the design, development, and continuous improvement of character assessment creation and iteration protocols that align to core values;
  • Stay abreast of research and trends involving admission and character assessment; plan and initiate research proposals; conduct research and present at the professional conferences on behalf of the Association;
  • Assist in identifying new opportunities to differentiate The Enrollment Management Association from the competitive market;
  • Provide scientific and technical skills to conceptualize, design, and conduct, and research projects;
  • Generate or contribute to new or modified methods that support research on and development of noncognitive assessment;
  • Design and conduct scientific studies, functioning as an expert in the major facets of the projects: respond as a subject matter expert in presenting the results of acquired knowledge and experience. Consult and collaborate on problems arising from research and/or testing programs, or corporate management concerns;
  • Participate in dissemination activities through the publications of research papers in peer-review journals, the issuing of progress and technical reports, the presentation of seminars at major conferences and at the Association, or the use of other appropriate communication vehicles, including books and chapters, that impact practice in the field.
  • Develop professional relationships as a representative, consultant or advisor to external advisory and policy boards and councils, research organizations, educational institutions and educators.

Educational Requirements

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in educational measurement, quantitative psychology, statistics or a closely related field plus 3-5 years of progressively independent research is required.

Experience Qualifications 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of research methodologies such as the design of experiments, sampling theory, and field data collection techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistical analysis software such as R, MPlus, SPSS, SAS.
  • Excellent writing skills preferably demonstrated in either published papers or technical manuals (samples may be requested).
  • Ability to be self-motivated and self-driven, and have a strong interest in noncognitive assessment research and design for K-12 instructional settings.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills; must be comfortable working in an environment where ideas are shared and challenged.

To Apply:

Candidates who share our passion for excellence are encouraged to send their resume and a cover letter (including salary requirements) to Please reference RSCAP2021 in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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The Enrollment Management Association offers our employees a Total Rewards package, which includes compensation and a range of market-relevant benefits. We believe in compensating well for excellent work. We balance our total rewards with pay and provide great benefits.

Paid Time Off & Holidays

We want you to take time off for you and your family. We offer up to 25 days of vacation, 10 sick days, 3 personal days plus 13 federal holidays.

Health & Income Protection

We offer medical, dental (at no cost to you), vision (at no cost to you), short-term and long-term disability, group life insurance and more.

Paid Maternity Leave & Parental Leave

We believe that having that time to spend with your family is important. We offer 8 weeks of paid maternity leave and 2 weeks of paid parental (secondary caregivers) leave.

Work from Home & Remote Workers

We offer opportunities to work from home up to two days per week for suitable positions and we have positions that allow for remote employees.


We offer Employee Assistance Program and gym and fitness membership fee reimbursement up to a certain amount.

Tuition Reimbursement

We are dedicated to developing a capable and knowledgeable workforce.  We provide financial support to employees who participate in externally sponsored educational courses.


We offer a retirement plan that employees can participate upon hire with a very generous employer contribution following an employee contribution of just 2%. We also provide you with the option to invest in a Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Account.


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The Enrollment Management Association is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the policy of The Enrollment Management Association to recruit, hire, and promote for all positions and to administer all Human Resource matters such as wages, benefits, assignments, promotions and all other terms and conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic disposition, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and/or local law.