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Public Agenda opening for Qualitative Research Associate

Public Agenda is looking for a Qualitative Research Associate, who will work closely with the directors of both the Public Engagement Programs and Research departments, providing a range of field-based qualitative research and analysis services. Specifically, these services will include preparation of research tools and protocols; facilitation of focus groups and one-on-one interviews with diverse participants as various as legislative leaders, community activists, and community college students; performance of high-quality qualitative data analysis; and writing of post-focus group summary memos and final reports for funders.

We are looking for a highly motivated, mid-career qualitative researcher with project management experience. The researcher will have exceptional analytic and written communication skills, deep experience with qualitative research methods, and willingness to work in multiple issue areas.  The Associate must be able to work both independently and in a team in a client-centered environment.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

• Minimum educational requirement is an advanced degree (master’s level or higher) in a social science or related discipline (education, public policy, political science, urban planning, public health, etc) with coursework in qualitative research methodologies.

• Minimum 7 years full-time work experience in a research-based environment related to one or several areas of public policy and community problem-solving. Higher education experience is a plus. • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills

• Ability to interact effectively with community members of diverse backgrounds as well as local, state and national leaders

• Exceptional analytic capacities (ability to research and synthesize material quickly).

• A sense of humor and ability to work with a diverse team on diverse projects

• Highly organized, able to coordinate multiple schedules and project logistics on an ongoing basis

• Keen eye for detail—for example, in analyzing material, keeping track of project deliverables, and helping the team stay on task

• Desire and ability to travel domestically, as this position requires significant travel (5 to 7 days per month on average)

• Experience with qualitative analysis software, such as SPSS, ATLAS.ti, Nvivo, etc.

• Fluency in Spanish is a plus

• Experience in community engagement is a plus

• Available to begin work immediately

Public Agenda is an equal opportunity employer based in New York City offering a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and room to grow. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Overview of Organization

Public Agenda is a nonprofit organization that strengthens our democracy by helping leaders and citizens collaborate on sustainable solutions to complex public problems. We pursue this nonpartisan mission through innovative research, stakeholder engagement, creative communications and strategic partnerships that increase our impacts. We work on a long list of issues, but we’re especially well-known for our efforts in education K-12, higher education, energy issues and climate change, public engagement on the problem of the federal budget deficit and national debt, and public views on foreign policy. As a scrupulously fair-minded producer of citizen education materials and a facilitator of thoughtful public participation, we often work directly with communities, government agencies and other organizations to improve their ability to create authentic public engagement and problem-solving in tackling issues such as school reform, urban planning, and religious and cultural differences.

For more information about Public Agenda, please visit www.publicagenda.org.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following documents combined into a single PDF document:

Cover letter
Resume or CV
Send to Jyoti Gupta at jgupta@publicagenda.org

Please write “Qualitative Research Associate” in the subject line of your email and do not include your cover letter in the body of the email.

Applications will be reviewed immediately and until the position is filled.

No phone calls please.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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