The Statistical Consultant will contribute to the goal of establishing and maintaining 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. The Consultant will contribute to new measurement development initiatives on several issues central to well-being and perform statistical research and develop innovative data presentations on these projects. The Consultant will take the lead on research and analysis for select MOA projects in collaboration with MOA’s Codirectors and the project’s Chief Statistician. The Consultant will have the benefit of a Senior Statistical Advisor available on a retainer basis for support on highly complex methodological issues.
- 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.
- 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 organizational skills with attention to detail.
- High degree of self-motivation and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Research data sources and identify possible indicators for several research topics.
- Compile and clean datasets from public and private sources to prepare them for analysis.
- Perform basic 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.
- Edit report drafts and provide comments 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, and more.
Terms, Salary, and Benefits
This is a six-month full-time consultancy with the possibility of renewal. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Please send a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please include “MOA Consultant” in the subject field.)
Summer 2014 Research Intern
Measure of America is currently seeking an intern to assist in researching, writing, and producing papers, reports, and online tools. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to participate in the development of future online reports for the program, and who wants to hone his or her research and writing skills in the process. The ideal intern would be able to come into the office 3–5 days per week for a minimum of two months or 2-3 days per week for a minimum of two and a half months.
Duties, which will be performed under the supervision of program staff, include
- conducting literature reviews on diverse topics in the social sciences and public policy;
- writing short texts and possibly longer policy briefs that may be included in published reports;
- contributing to the project’s online communications efforts; and
- participating in statistical research and data collection.
Applicants must be graduate students in the social sciences, human rights, public policy, or international affairs (though advanced undergraduates and recent graduates will also be considered) and must have
- a demonstrated interest in domestic social policy issues;
- a strong academic background and excellent writing skills; and
- a high level of comfort with using data to make arguments (advanced statistical training helpful but not necessary).
Please note that this internship is unpaid
with a small stipend for travel. When possible, school credit will be given.
Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and two writing samples (maximum 10 pages) in one document to: email@example.com. Please include “MOA Intern” in the subject field. 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.