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.

Development and Strategic Partnerships Consultant

As a small research and policy advocacy initiative, Measure of America views strategic partnerships as central to its ability to contribute to social change. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker and connector who will lead outreach and develop and strengthen partnerships to help build a broad and sustainable base of research, advocacy, and financial support for the long-term impact and growth of the project.

Description

As a small research and policy advocacy initiative, Measure of America views strategic partnerships as central to its ability to contribute to social change. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker and connector who will lead outreach and develop and strengthen partnerships to help build a broad and sustainable base of research, advocacy, and financial support for the long-term impact and growth of the project. The Development and Strategic Partnerships Consultant will work in our Brooklyn, NY office and report to the project’s Codirectors. We would consider a full- or part-time arrangement for the consultancy.

Qualifications

  • Eight or more years’ experience with fundraising, outreach, marketing/communications, and/or advocacy in fields of poverty reduction, social justice, and/or civil rights.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree desirable.
  • Robust personal contacts in advocacy and/or funding communities for domestic poverty/social justice.
  • Successful track record raising significant funds for core support as well as special projects.
  • Proven success in constituent engagement, mobilization, public education campaigns, or other strategies to bring individuals or organizations together around an issue or cause.
  • Understanding of the structures and inner workings of government agencies and the political process for advancing legislative and other policy priorities at the federal, state, and/or local levels desirable.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and public speaking experience.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects successfully.
  • Flexible, resourceful self-starter who thrives in a collaborative environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement strategy to nurture existing and develop new partnerships with the goal to increase the reach and impact of MOA publications, tools, and advocacy messages and its long-term sustainability. Strategy can include new products, events, campaigns, media launches, etc. Focus of strategy is on MOA chief target audiences: policymakers, philanthropic and corporate social responsibility community, nonprofit and social service delivery organizations, and media. Includes strategies to advance policy or legislative priorities in select areas based on report recommendations—most likely in collaboration with others.
  • Develop and implement diversified fundraising strategy to support organizational growth; tasks will include maintaining existing donor relationships as well as developing new relationships with foundation and other philanthropic actors as well as government and private-sector actors.
  • Identify new fora and networks through which MOA can build relationships and reach key audiences.
  • Contribute to project’s core research content and suggest tools and materials required from the perspective of maximizing reach and impact and strengthening partnerships.
  • Present MOA work at meetings and conferences and to prospective partners.

Terms, Salary and Benefits

Initial nine-month consultancy, with possible extension or conversion to staff position. If preferable to candidates, we would consider a part-time arrangement. Remuneration commensurate with experience.

Application Information

For further information or to apply, please send cover letter, resume/CV, and two journalistic-style writing samples in PDF format to applications@ssrc.org by September 15, 2016. Please include “MOA Development and Strategic Partnerships Consultancy” 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.