Research Assistant I

CAL Classification: Research Assistant I
Program Area: Venture Assessment
Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk (full-time) 
Position Available: Immediately


Provides research and development support for assessment project-specific tasks and activities. The Research Assistant is responsible for carrying out assessment project activities as assigned, contributing to the completion of assessment project tasks and deliverables.


  • Coordinate assessment project tasks relating to researching, developing, maintaining, enhancing, scoring, and reporting on large-scale language assessments.
  • Assist with developing research protocols including IRB submissions, data collection instruments and analysis procedures, and reporting related to large-scale language assessments.
  • Assist with the development of language assessment tasks and items. 
  • Collect data, including administering language assessments and conducting surveys, focus groups, and interviews.
  • Assist with coding and analyzing data related to large-scale language assessments.
  • Write and edit proposals, research reports, articles, conference presentations, and other assessment project-related products.
  • Coordinate with project stakeholders, both internal and external, in order to ensure smooth operation of assessment project tasks and timelines.
  • Communicate with external stakeholders in order to set up data collection, share information, gather feedback, and represent CAL and the assessment project.
  • Provide administrative support, including support for managing project budgets and schedules, for preparing reports and proposals, for making travel arrangements, and for interacting with clients.
  • Use both Spanish and English to carry out job-related responsibilities as required.
  • Travel occasionally for data collection, meetings, and conferences.  



  • Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in a relevant field with 4 years of experience, or Master’s degree (MA/MS) in a relevant field with at least 2 years of experience is preferred.


  • Experience using Spanish and English academically and/or professionally. 
  • Experience working on large-scale research projects and language assessments.
  • Experience working with multiple people and teams to accomplish complex tasks.

Desired Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software. 
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading. 
  • Professional proficiency in both Spanish and English. 
  • Outstanding oral and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Excellent organization, planning, and time management skills. 


Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources Coordinator, Recruitment 16-01

Attn: Recruitment 16-01

CAL offers a comfortable work environment with competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. We are conveniently located two blocks from the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station on the Red Line.

The Center for Applied Linguistics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, handicap, or any other reason not related to employment.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, all successful applicants will be required to show proof of their legal right to accept employment in the United States.