Opportunities

Summary

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization founded in 1923. Based in Brooklyn, New York, it mobilizes researchers, policy makers, professionals, activists, and other experts from the private and public sectors to develop innovative approaches to issues of critical social importance.

Measure of America is a nonpartisan program whose mission is to stimulate fact-based public debate about and political attention to issues of well-being and access to opportunity in the United States. The hallmark of this work is the American Human Development Index, a composite measure that reflects what most people believe are the basic ingredients of a fulfilling life of choice and dignity: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Recent MOA projects include DATA2GO.NYC and a series of reports on disconnected youth that anchor the national dialogue on the issue. Measure of America breathes life into numbers, working with partners to create reports, online apps, and advocacy campaigns that tell the story of well-being and opportunity in America’s communities.

Research Associate – Quantitative Analyst

The Research Associate – Quantitative Analyst will contribute to the goal of maintaining Measure of America as a center of statistical excellence on issues of well-being and access to opportunity as well as on other social justice, civil liberties, and multidimensional poverty topics. The Research Associate will contribute to new measurement development initiatives on several issues central to well-being and perform statistical research and develop innovative data presentations on these projects. The Research Associate will take the lead on research and analysis for select MOA projects in collaboration with MOA’s Codirectors and the project’s Chief Statistician.

Qualifications

  • MA in one of the social science or humanistic disciplines with a strong background in quantitative methods.
  • Demonstrated experience compiling and analyzing quantitative data, preferably using large public datasets.
  • Experience working with the data resources of the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Luxembourg Income Study, World Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and/or United Nations in professional or academic settings a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • High level of proficiency in Excel.
  • Proficiency in R or another statistical package.
  • Experience with GIS software such as ArcGIS a plus.
  • Superior organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Documentation skills, experience with GitHub is a plus.
  • High degree of self-motivation and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Interest in telling stories with data.

Responsibilities

  • Research data sources and identify possible indicators for a wide variety of research topics.
  • Compile and clean datasets from public and private sources to prepare them for analysis.
  • Perform basic statistical analysis of large datasets, including but not limited to descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and bivariate/multivariate analysis techniques, in support of MOA research on human development, civil liberties, and other related topics.
  • Contribute to the development of external advocacy products that require interactive data visualization and data mapping.
  • Edit report drafts and provide comments to ensure that the highest standards of methodological soundness and rigor are used in MOA research and that all data, sourcing, and attribution are accurate and precise.
  • Contribute to the production of select MOA products through research, statistical analysis, and writing.
  • Contribute to brainstorming and discussions on various aspects of select MOA projects, including concept notes, drafts, grant proposals, and more.

Terms, Salary and Benefits

Annual salary is commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, vision, disability, life, and gym reimbursement; annual tuition and/or student loan reimbursement and professional development funds; outstanding pension plan and tax savings programs; generous vacation and sick leave; and more.

Application Information

Applications are due on July 6, 2016. To apply, send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to applications@ssrc.org. Please include “MOA Research Associate” in the subject field.)

 

Fall 2016 Communications and Social Media Intern

Measure of America (MOA) seeks a Communications and Social Media Intern to participate in the program’s communications strategy, which includes blog posts, social media work, and writing on well-being, poverty, and inequality in the United States. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in policy advocacy who wants to hone his or her writing, social media, and advocacy skills. The ideal intern would be available 2–3 days per week for a minimum of three months.

Qualifications

  • Current pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree in communications; journalism; the humanities, including the social sciences; human rights; public policy; or international affairs.
  • Excellent writing skills and a demonstrated interest in domestic social policy issues.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, especially when using numbers to bolster arguments.
  • Interest in web-based communications ranging from data visualization to social media. Experience in these areas is not required but is a plus.
  • Strong academic background.

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to developing advocacy messages for new MOA reports, online mapping programs, etc.
  • Aid in drafting blog and Facebook posts, tweets, e-newsletters, microsites and other communications-related content.
  • Assist in implementing advocacy and outreach strategies around the release of MOA reports and products.
  • Organize and help to correspond with contacts, including key policymakers, philanthropic and private-sector actors, and community-based organizations.
  • Suggest communications ideas and products that could strengthen the impact of MOA advocacy efforts.
  • Assume additional projects and responsibilities, depending on interest and capacity.

Application Information

To apply, please send a letter of interest, a resume, and two writing samples (at least one should use journalistic-style writing) in one document in PDF format to applications@ssrc.org. Please include “MOA Communications and Social Media Intern” in the subject field. Please note that due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond individually to unsuccessful candidates.

 

The Social Science Research Council Is An Equal Opportunity Employer.