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Iowa City, IA, United States

Education Level


Work Experience

1-3 Years



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Senior Research Associate, Workforce Research

About the Organization

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies—nationally and internationally.

Learn more at act.org!


About the Job



Conduct research in support of ACT’s mission to help individuals achieve education and workplace success, and its workforce/career programs and services, in particular. Gather criterion evidence to document the impact of assessment programs and curriculum interventions for individual, organizational, state, national and international outcomes.  Conduct longitudinal research to document issues affecting transitions from secondary and/or postsecondary to the workforce in support ACT’s education-to-career continuum strategy and policy agenda.  Perform research to document and enhance the effectiveness of ACT’s programs and services – particularly ACT’s Work Readiness System – as well as research that is relevant to national education and workforce issues.


Essential job functions: 


  • Design, conduct, interpret, and present the results of criterion validity research to document and enhance the effectiveness of ACT solutions and inform national policy related to education and workforce development.
  • Manage state and national projects designed to assist clients in implementing ACT solutions for workforce training, selection, and promotion.
  • Define data requirements, gather data, validate information and apply judgment and statistical tests.
  • Perform validation and testing of statistical models to ensure adequacy and reformulate models as necessary.
  • Study and analyze information about alternative courses of action to determine which plan will offer the best outcomes.
  • Extract and analyze data from public data sources to provide additional inputs for research.
  • Create, review, proofread, and edit charts, graphs, tables, reports.
  • Prepare reports of findings, illustrating data graphically and translating complex findings into written text.
  • Coordinates distribution and dissemination of surveys and reports.
  • Manage internal and external consultants in the areas of developmental, policy, market and impact research to support the Workforce Development research agenda.
  • Serve on interdisciplinary teams and work groups. Work with members of these groups to ensure that goals are achieved.
  • Represent ACT at meetings and conferences involving users, agencies, and professional organizations.
  • Maintain familiarity with data analysis and various statistical methods.
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in career, vocational, and industrial/organizational psychology and educational research.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality regarding corporate information.


Knowledge, skills and abilities: 


  • Prioritizing among competing opportunities, balancing business priorities and articulating the rationale behind decisions.
  • Providing effective, strategic, analytical, and operational information.
  • Meeting or beating assigned targets and deadlines consistently.
  • Working collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Maintaining a high level of confidentiality regarding corporate information.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for conducting research. This includes meeting quality standards for assessments, services, and evaluation.
  • Tools used include: desktop/notebook computers and personal digital assistant (PDAs) or other organizers.
  • Technology used includes: analytical or scientific software; customer relationship management (CRM) software; database user interface and query software; information retrieval or search software; and project management software.

Job Requirements



Master’s Degree in psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or related field and six years of experience conducting applied psychology research required. Ph.D. in psychology, industrial/organizational psychology or related field preferred. Requires highly developed oral and written communication and research skills; extensive experience organizing and leading validation research and demonstrated competence in designing and executing criterion validation research in the workplace; a thorough understanding of the principles of applied psychology including vocational and/or industrial/organizational psychology; ability to work effectively on teams and committees; and an exceptional record of documented accomplishments in research and consulting, including publications and presentations at professional conferences.




Assistant Vice President, Workforce Research




Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits and work environment. 


Completion of the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate is recommended. Find a test site near you to register for the WorkKeys assessments. Finalists for this position will be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check as a condition of employment.


ACT is an EEO/AA Employer and values diversity in people and ideas. ACT participates in E-Verify. ACT's online position announcements are intended only to provide general descriptions of employment opportunities; none of the information provided for any position should be interpreted as a commitment by ACT to specific terms and conditions for employment.

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