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- Research Analyst, USA

Research Analyst
FrameWorks Institute

The FrameWorks Institute — a nonprofit think tank that designs, conducts, interprets, and shares communications research to advance the resolution of social problems — seeks a Research Analyst to participate in its multi-disciplinary research process and contribute to FrameWorks’ research in a supporting role. The successful candidate will join FrameWorks’ research team in investigating how to effectively reframe a wide range of social and scientific issues. This is an outstanding opportunity for an early career professional with experience in social science research.


The Research Analyst will work closely with other members of the research team to collect, analyze, and interpret multiple streams of data, and will assist with drafts of reports and presentations. The position will contribute to research for a broad portfolio of projects on issues ranging from child development and health equity to the environment and the economy.


This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. The position requires up to 25% travel.


KEY RESPONSIBLITIES:

    Conduct and analyze person-centered, long-form semi-structured interviews with experts, practitioners, and members of the public
    Facilitate and analyze focus groups
    Conduct on-the-street interviews to gauge the effectiveness of candidate frames
    Collect and organize data for analyses of media content and advocacy communications; assist with analysis
    Assist with design and development of survey experiments that test the frame effects of values, metaphors, and other communications strategies
    Present research findings in collaboration with other members of the research team
    Contribute to FrameWorks’ research reports and support FrameWorks’ PhD-trained researchers in writing up findings in various formats and styles suitable for different audiences


SKILLS NEEDED:

    Strong qualitative research skills, and ability to integrate qualitative and quantitative findings
    Ability to work effectively in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, client-oriented setting
    Strong writing and presentation skills; ability to present to audiences without social science backgrounds
    Exceptional organizational and project management skills; ability to thrive in a fast-paced organization
    Understanding of and attention to issues of race, equity, and inclusion
    Professional, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, “can do” attitude

 

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

The ideal candidate will possess:

    Master’s degree in a social science field
    Training and experience in conducting multi-method research
    Experience in ethnography, semi-structured interviewing, focus group research, and/or experimental surveys
    Professional experience in applied research

 

About frameworks:

The FrameWorks Institute conducts, publishes, and shares communications research to prepare nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, build public will, and further public understanding of specific social issues. Since 1999, FrameWorks has combined theories and research methods from the cognitive and social sciences to investigate how Americans view a variety of social issues: children’s issues, education, public health and health access, food quality and safety, oceans and climate change, racial disparities, immigration, the role of government, and more. This work has now expanded to influence NGOs working on these issues in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, South Africa, and the U.K. FrameWorks also offers trainings and technical assistance to help policy experts and advocates, scientists and community educators use this research to improve public understanding of complex social issues. Over this period, we have built an institution that is highly regarded in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and have contributed to the development of a community of active framers who access and use our research to build public will and redirect public thinking. In 2015, FrameWorks was one of nine nonprofits worldwide to be recognized with the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. For more information, see www.frameworksinstitute.org.

Review of applications will begin on January 25, and continue until the search process concludes. So that we can assess what you might contribute to FrameWorks, please submit the following materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., using the subject header line Research Analyst Winter 2019.

    Resume or CV with complete employment history and educational background
    Cover letter explaining your interest and how your experience relates to the position’s key responsibilities
    Up to three writing samples – a mix of styles, genres, and audiences a plus


FrameWorks Institute is deeply committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. Accordingly, the organization’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Applications from people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBT are warmly encouraged.

Job posted on 12th January 2019
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