The American Institutes for Research (AIR), founded in 1946 as a nonprofit organization, is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life.
Our work spans a wide range of substantive areas: education, student assessment, international education, individual and organizational performance, health research and communication, human development, usability design and testing, employment equity, and statistical and research methods. The intellectual diversity of our more than 1,500 employees enables us to bring together experts in many fields, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, psychometrics, statistics, public health, usability engineering, software design, graphics and video communications—all in the search for innovative answers to any challenge.
We are a thriving and diverse, mission driven organization where many of the brightest people in their fields have built successful careers. We conduct our work within a culture and philosophy of strict independence, objectivity, and non-partisanship, as we tackle society’s most important issues.
AIR’s mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation towards improving peoples’ lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged.
Within the United States and internationally, AIR will be the preeminent organization that
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AIR offers an innovative, collaborative environment where motivated people can apply their talent, education and curiosity. At AIR, every staff member's contribution is vital.
AIR is a large and diverse organization, with a staff of more than 1,600, where many of the brightest people in their fields have built successful careers. Some join AIR directly after completing their training and find many opportunities for professional growth; others come to AIR after building a distinguished career to pursue a more fulfilling work life.
AIR offers a comprehensive Total Compensation package. We provide our employees with competitive base salaries, a generous benefit package, and a workplace that promotes growth, development, and creativity.
AIR strives for external and internal equity for all our salaries. We define our external market as the competitor organizations for our talent. Individual performance and growth is rewarded during our merit and promotion cycles.
Employees located in the Washington, DC offices may elect to receive either Metrocheck benefits or subsidized parking on a monthly basis. AIR’s other locations offer free parking.
Our Culture: Social and Behavioral Science that Changes the World
AIR places a strong emphasis on creating a collegial atmosphere that encourages staff to be creative and supportive of each other. We believe that intellectual diversity and respect for the contributions of each individual is central to our success.
We produce good work because we are a good place to work. Our staff care about the work they perform, they care about the colleagues they work with, and they care about the clients they serve.
AIR conducts and applies behavioral and social science research to improve people’s lives and well-being, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged. That ideal is the driving force that motivates our staff.
AIR is proud of its tradition of maintaining a work environment that values diversity and nourishes respect for the dignity of each individual. We are committed to continuing our efforts in creating and maintaining a diverse workforce through our recruitment and employment practices.
I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 3 years)
Great experience for conducting research that matters for governments. Smart colleagues that work hard. Strong research assistants and good organization.
Hard work is needed. Large organization, which brings some bureaucracy. Not always clear how organizational structures work. Overall a great place to work.
Advice to Management
Continue on the current path and invest strategically in new research opportunities for the long term. Provide incentives to research associates to stay longer.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at American Institutes for Research in April 2016.
The recurter called and told me the description of the job. Made an appointment for a phone interview. On the phone interview day nothing hard was asked... The interviewer mainly described the job and asked if that is something I would be interested in