February 24, 2016


Behavioral Science Associate (part-time)

Persistence Plus, a mission-driven organization focused on increasing college persistence and completion, is looking for a part-time (approx. 10 hours/week) Behavioral Science Associate. The ideal candidate will have advanced training in psychology, behavioral science, or a related field, and is excited to leverage those skills in an applied setting.

You will play an important role in an established edtech start-up. Projects will vary widely but are likely to include: 

  • Applying behavioral science to write motivational “nudges” that keep students enrolled and successful in high school, college, and workforce development (“upskilling”) programs
  • Implementing nudges aligned with campus schedules and deadlines, client needs and requests, and Persistence Plus research priorities
  • Literature searches and reviews to help expand the Persistence Plus knowledge base, tailor interventions for unique student populations, and support clients 
  • Compiling and managing data student response data for research and development

You will gain much in the way of skills and experience from this role, including:

  • Enhanced knowledge of behavioral science and how it can be used to change students’ mindsets and behavior
  • Experience working in an agile, resourceful start-up, and applying behavioral science in a non-academic setting
  • Scientific and professional mentoring from industry-leading behavioral scientists
  • The knowledge that your efforts helped more students fulfill their dreams of earning a college credential and finding fulfilling employment

Preferred background:

  • Advanced education/training in psychology, behavioral science, sociology, behavioral economics, or a related field
  • Experience conducting literature searches and reviews
  • Experience with data management (e.g., coding; data cleaning & preparation)
  • Strong interest in applying psychological concepts to solve higher education’s toughest challenges in real-world settings
  • Willingness to take on tasks as necessary to enhance student success and client engagement
  • Dedication to increasing educational and economic equity
  • Community college and/or a nontraditional path through education is a plus

Details for the role: 

  • Part-time (10 hours/week) with flexible hours; we are a family-friendly company with a focus on employee growth, success, and overall wellbeing
  • Remote position
  • Minimum commitment of 12 months
  • Opportunity to work with a friendly, creative, industrious and supportive team
  • Salary commensurate with experience and company stage

To apply, please submit a resume or CV and cover letter to ross@persistenceplusnetwork.com. Questions can be addressed to the same email.

ABOUT OUR COMPANY: Persistence Plus is a woman-owned business enterprise that helps colleges, nonprofits, and employers propel more individuals to success and a college degree. We design behavioral nudging interventions that engage and support students through mobile technology and an intelligent software solution. Gold-standard results show that Persistence Plus nudges result in increased retention and college completion, and students respond to and value our nudges. Persistence Plus is recognized by the Blue Ridge Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, and Milken Family Foundation for its innovative approach and potential to make a difference at scale.