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. More information about MOA is available at www.measureofamerica.org

Program Assistant

Measure of America, a program of the Social Science Research Council, is seeking a Program Assistant to join a small but high-impact team in July 2016. The Program Assistant contributes to the program’s research, advocacy, and communications efforts, helps coordinate logistics and web presence, and otherwise supports the work of the program.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, sociology, economics, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated research skills, familiarity with principles of social scientific inquiry, and the ability to work with and manipulate data.
  • Superior writing skills, including the ability to produce written work for external audiences and proofread others’ work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, detail orientation, flexibility, professionalism, critical thinking, and independence.
  • Strength in a specific statistical programming language is a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with website and social media analytics and demonstrated experience contributing to a website and/or social media strategy is helpful, but not required.
  • Previous experience with budgeting and office management, communications, and publication production is helpful, but not required.
  • Familiarity with image editing and publication layout software is a plus.

Responsibilities

  • Conducting research on topics in American social policy, poverty, demography, education policy, public health, economics, and related fields.
  • Performing in-depth research using online research tools, dialogue with subject matter experts, and primary data research to collect data to advance the understanding of socioeconomic inequalities within the United States.
  • Drafting a range of materials, including correspondence, blog posts, op-eds, grant proposals, grant reports, and portions of reports and articles.
  • Building out, implementing, and monitoring the program’s social media strategy and online presence, including administering its website and social media platforms.
  • Contributing to advocacy, outreach, and other communications strategies, products, capacity building, and events with the goal to build meaningful connections and encourage those involved to take action.
  • Administering the program’s finances, including liaising with funders, processing all expenditures and reimbursements, and monitoring the program budget.
  • Managing relationships with vendors and consultants, including report designers, web developers, editors, media professionals, and others.
  • Maintaining organized and accurate records of program activities.

Terms, Salary and Benefits

Annual salary is $33K. Comprehensive benefits include free health, dental, and vision insurance; disability, life, and gym reimbursement; annual tuition and/or student loan reimbursement; outstanding professional development, retirement plan, and tax savings programs; generous vacation and sick leave; and more.

Application Information

This position begins in July 2016; the start date is flexible. Applications are due on June 8, 2016. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to applications@ssrc.org in PDF format. Please include “MOA Program Assistant” in the subject line of your e-mail.

The Social Science Research Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 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.