Opportunities

Summary

Measure of America seeks a Statistician / Program Coordinator to help establish and maintain 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.

Description

The SSRC seeks a Statistician / Program Coordinator for its Measure of America (MOA) program. Measure of America’s mission is to stimulate fact-based public debate about and bring political attention to issues of well-being, poverty, and inequality in the United States and to empower people to hold elected officials accountable for progress on issues we all care about: health, education, and income. For more information, please visit our website: www.measureofamerica.org.

The Statistician will contribute to establishing and maintaining MOA 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 Statistician will contribute to new measurement initiatives on these topics and will perform quantitative research and develop innovative ways to present research findings. The Statistician will work closely with MOA’s Codirectors and with researchers, data visualization experts, book designers, and others. The Statistician will have the benefit of a Senior Statistical Advisor available on a retainer basis for support on highly complex methodological issues.

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, including analyzing large public datasets.
  • Past work with database management and/or building and maintaining websites a plus.
  • 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.
  • High level of proficiency in Excel.
  • High level of proficiency in SPSS, STATA, SAS, R, or another statistical package.
  • Superior attention to detail.
  • High degree of self-motivation and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Responsibilities

  • Research data sources and identify possible indicators for a broad variety of research topics.
  • Compile and clean datasets from public and private sources to prepare them for analysis.
  • Perform 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 products that require interactive data visualization and data mapping.
  • Review report drafts 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, communications strategies, and more.
  • Maintain databases and update data-driven interactive online tools produced by MOA.

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

This position begins in May 2015. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to applications@ssrc.org. Please include “MOA Statistician” in the subject field.

Please note that due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond individually to unsuccessful candidates.

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Communications and Social Media Internship Winter or Spring 2015

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 other 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 and advocacy skills. The ideal intern would be available 2–3 days per week for a minimum of three months.

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. Using this well-being index and other data-based research, Measure of America breathes life into numbers, creating 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.

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.
  • 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, 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.

Terms, Salary and Benefits

This is an unpaid internship.

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.