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- Research Associate , USA

Research Associate

Civic Federation


The Research Associate will work individually and on teams on public employee pension and criminal justice related research. The Associate will also work on teams to analyze eight local budgets, write long-term research reports on public finance issues, attend local government meetings and communicate research findings to the media, elected officials and key stakeholders.




Act as lead researcher on public employee pension and criminal justice issues;

Analyze local government budgetary and financial documents, including government revenue trends, appropriations data, personnel data and pension fund trends;

Partner with other staff to analyze eight annual local government budgets, and write other annual reports and blog posts;

Attend local government board and council meetings as needed, reporting findings back to staff; and

Monitor local governments by tracking legislation and current events pertaining to pension and criminal justice issues.




Graduate degree in public policy, public administration, political science, criminal justice, business, economics, law, actuarial science, mathematics or equivalent related experience;

Strong interest in government and public policy, particularly public employee pension and criminal justice issues;

Superior writing skills, including summarizing, formatting and proofreading;

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;

Excellent critical analysis skills, especially of financial data;

Proficiency with Microsoft Office software;

State or local government experience preferred;

Strong quantitative skills and statistical expertise preferred; and

Must take initiative and be self-motivated.


Salary and Compensation

Budgeted starting salary at $50,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications.  Generous vacation and benefits package. This is a full-time position.


To apply, please submit the following documents via mail or email:



Cover letter stating your qualifications for the position;

One long writing sample (20 to 40 pages);

One short (2 to 3 pages) summary of an issue or document (e.g.: executive summary, abstract, memorandum); and

Three references.

Address application to:

Mark Patoska

The Civic Federation

10 N. Dearborn St. Suite 800

Chicago, IL 60602

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The Civic Federation is an equal opportunity employer. We fundamentally support and remain committed to seeking a diverse team of professionals to serve the mission of the Civic Federation. All membership and employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law.



Job posted on 20th April 2018

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