Opportunities

Statistical Consultant

Description:

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. This job was posted on March 6th.

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.
  • 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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Application Information

Please send a cover letter and resume to: applications@ssrc.org. (Please include “MOA Consultant” in the subject field.)

Deadline to apply: March 28th

 

Advocacy and Media Consultant

Description:

Working with the program’s Co-directors,  the Advocacy and Media Consultant will be responsible for developing and implementing an outreach, communications, media, and advocacy strategy for Measure of America’s work. The plan will cover engagement with policy makers and the media, promoting an informed public debate on well-being and access to opportunity, and working to achieve change based on the ideas and analysis set out in MOA’s reports, blogs, and other products. The implementation of the strategy will include developing relations with the media and, for some projects, with our major partner organizations or foundations, identifying opportunities to influence debates, drafting and editing content for opinion pieces, blogs, website, media releases, tweets, etc., and, occasionally, organizing report release events. This job was posted on March 13th.

Duties:

Outreach and Dissemination

  • Develop advocacy and outreach strategies around the release of MOA reports and products including making contacts with and disseminating materials to key policymakers, philanthropic and private sector actors, and relevant community-based organizations.
  • Develop new print, online and/or multimedia products as useful to strengthen impact of MOA advocacy efforts.
  • Identify conferences and events related to key MOA advocacy issues and help arrange for MOA staff to make presentations at these events.
  • Draft talking points, speeches and other communications-related content.
  • Continue to produce MOA’s e-newsletters and possibly propose alternative ways to facilitate communication with interested parties.
  • Manage MOA’s social media accounts and contribute to website.

 

Media

  • Cultivate links with key media and work to maintain sustainable media presence of products and ideas.
  • Monitor ongoing news coverage and opinion pieces on issues central to MOA’s work (inequality, indicators and measurement, well-being measurements, etc.) and draft responses/reactions (letters to the editor, blog posts, etc.) such that MOA is part of ongoing public debate and dialogue.
  • Pitch MOA reports and products to media as part of communications and advocacy strategy.
  • Review report drafts, looking specifically at messaging and overall cohesion with MOA media and advocacy strategy; contribute to development of key messages for launch and media events.
  • Draft media releases, messages, and other media materials.
  • Position MOA as a reliable ongoing source of expert comment and analysis of events related to well-being and access to opportunity.
  • Ensure timely response to media queries.
  • Promote improved MOA staff performance on media interviews through training and mock interviews

 

Requirements:

  • Post graduate university degree in the field of communications or journalism or in a related social science area (economics, sociology, political science, urban studies, international development, etc.)
  • 7 or more years experience in policy advocacy and strategic communications related to poverty, social justice, civil liberties, international development or related topics
  • Experience in media cultivation and pitching, with demonstrable results
  • Outstanding, proven writing skills; journalistic writing experience a plus
  • Experience in outreach to DC-based think tanks, policy advocacy organizations, and elected officials highly desirable (but not required).

 Application Information

Initial six month part-time consultancy with possible extension. Salary commensurate with experience. For further information or to apply, please send cover letter, resume/CV, and two writing samples to:

applications@ssrc.org (Please include “MOA Advocacy and Media Consultant” in subject field).

 Deadline to apply: April 18th.

 

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.

Application Information

Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and two writing samples (maximum 10 pages) in one document to: applications@ssrc.org. 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.