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Research Assistant

Part-time Research Assistants Needed for a Free Education Initiative


Private foundation running web-based learning initiative seeks an organized, responsible college or graduate student to assist in the advancement of a new open education initiative.

About the Foundation

The Saylor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Simply put, our mission is to make quality education freely available to all. We employ experienced professors to build college-level and professional courses from the wealth of material available on the Web. Today, the Foundation’s free education initiative at Saylor.org provides over 275 free online courses to anyone with Internet access. Learn more at www.saylor.org/about.

Job Description

The selected candidates will:

  1. Assist in editing, formatting, and verifying Foundation educational materials;
  2. Engage in a variety of research exercises related to the Foundation’s various initiatives;
  3. Perform various data entry projects under the supervision of the Quality Assurance and Research Coordinator;
  4. Assist in the maintenance of the Foundation’s iTunes U page;
  5. Assist in the maintenance of the Foundation’s educational content database;
  6. Research the copyright status of intellectual properties;
  7. Attend Foundation meetings and events as requested;
  8. Provide other administrative support as needed.

Summary: The successful candidate will be responsible for a variety of tasks relating to the expansion of the Open Education initiative and its website, including, but not limited to: research; editing, formatting, and verification of Foundation materials; the identification of mislabeled or malfunctioning web links in Foundation educational content; data entry; and the documentation of directed web-based findings.


  1. College degree earned or in progress;
  2. Ability to multi-task while remaining highly organized and motivated;
  3. A passion for education and commitment to educational reform;
  4. Excellent computer and web-research skills;
  5. Experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  6. Ability to critically examine a problem and develop innovative solutions;
  7. Ability to meet expectations in a timely manner;
  8. Ability to work independently without regular supervision;
  9. Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  10. Ability to commit minimum of 20 hours a week;
  11. A personal laptop computer.


This is a part-time, contract position.
Location: Selected candidates will work with their personal laptop from the Foundation’s headquarters in Georgetown.
Compensation: $10/hour

Contact Information

Please e-mail your  cover letter and resume to Laura Skowronski, Quality Assurance and Research Coordinator for the Saylor Foundation, at [email protected], with the subject heading “Part-time Research Assistant” if interested.