POSITION TITLE: Research Analyst
REPORTS TO: Senior Researcher
LOCATION: Washington, DC office; remote work is allowed.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Joint Center), America’s Black think tank, provides compelling and actionable policy solutions to eradicate persistent and evolving barriers to the full freedom of Black people in America. For more than 50 years, the Joint Center has been the trusted forum for leading experts and scholars to participate in major public policy debates and promote ideas that advance Black communities. The Joint Center uses evidence-based research, analysis, convenings, and strategic communications to support Black communities and a network of allies.
Founded in 1970 to support newly-elected Black officials who were moving from civil rights activism into governance, the Joint Center quickly evolved into America’s Black think tank. Currently, the Joint Center focuses on the future of Black workers, the impact of economic policies on Black communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, technology policy and Black communities, congressional staff diversity, and Black presidential appointments.
The Joint Center has an immediate need for a research analyst to support its portfolio of work related to our Hill diversity research. The successful candidate will assist the Joint Center’s senior researcher in conducting research and public education on Hill diversity and various political topics of particular importance to Black communities. The candidate will be responsible for a variety of non-administrative tasks, including preparing and maintaining datasets, creating graphs and figures for reports, and providing other support in a detailed and highly accurate manner. The preferred candidate will have the knowledge and oral/written communication skills to discuss and document the research progress and will have demonstrated strong organizational and interpersonal skills. The research analyst will be expected to work independently and accurately. The person will also need to resolve technical issues that may arise during the research process.
We prefer someone with experience working with various datasets and assisting with data visualization. The research analyst must be open to working in a startup-like environment. Previous research experience at a think tank or other research organization is a plus.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
- Conducts academic and policy research, data collection, and visualization of political topics related to Black communities, including Hill diversity.
- Exercises editorial judgement and proven ability to communicate research results clearly and concisely in verbal and written forms.
- Writes blog posts, fact sheets, and research reports about Hill diversity findings and congressional reform efforts.
- Prepares presentations and data visualizations such as graphs, figures, or infographics.
- Manages various datasets in Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel and pulls relevant data from national and/or state sources.
- Regularly meets with supervisor to discuss research assignments.
- Manages and replies to project-related correspondence in a timely manner.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- A bachelor’s degree in public policy, public administration, government, political science, or related field is required.
- Two or more years of experience in public policy research and analysis or related field.
- The successful applicant will have some research experience, preferably at a think tank or similar research organization, an understanding of research methods, and the ability to maintain various datasets. Experience using spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft Excel is required. Familiarity with Stata, or a similar statistical analysis tool, is not required, but a willingness to learn is essential.
- The successful candidate will have a keen interest in the advancement of Black communities and demonstrate an ability to closely collaborate with partner organizations on projects of mutual interest.
- The ideal candidate will show a commitment to accuracy and rigor and demonstrate a high level of attention to detail.
- The successful candidate will be highly organized and able to juggle multiple projects while remaining responsive to deadlines.
- An ability to participate in teams — including a willingness to openly communicate and listen to and learn from others —is a valued part of the Joint Center culture.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to draft blog posts, reports, and policy briefs; public speaking experience is a plus.
- Set and adhere to deadlines and deliverables.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills, tenacity, flexibility, and resilience.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants should send as one PDF a 1) cover letter that describes what motivates you and how you understand and relate to the Joint Center’s mission, rather than a narrative version of your resume, 2) a resume listing relevant qualifications, and 3) a short (up to 3 pages) writing sample as one document to the Joint Center at email@example.com with “Research Analyst” in the subject line. There will be a “homework assignment” to assess expertise and the ability to meet job requirements for candidates who advance to the later stages of the interview process.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and a hiring decision will be made as soon as the appropriate candidate is identified. However, we will prioritize applications received by May 9, 2022. No phone calls or emails, please.
JOB-TYPE, SALARY & BENEFITS
This is a full-time position. The salary for this position will range from $60,000-$70,000 based on experience, and comes with an excellent benefits package that includes health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a 403b retirement plan with an employer match.
The Joint Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.