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Building Movement Project

Research Associate

Building Movement Project


Description
We are hiring a mid-level staff member skilled in qualitative methods, survey design and analysis, and also able to be flexible in tackling a range of communications and strategy-setting projects. The Research Associate will add to our small staff team, working closely with BMP's Co-Directors to support and expand on our current research work. He or she will also work with our national project team and organizational partners around the country. Responsibilities will include the following:
• Use a variety of research methods to carry out projects, including: conducting in-depth interviews with a range of stakeholders; developing simple, user-friendly surveys for research projects; and leading analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
• Write and assist in the production of research reports and in-depth case studies.
• Analyze data, including Census demographic data, and write memos and reports to support our place-based work in Michigan and New Mexico.
• Participate in the planning and development of research projects, including identifying opportunities and taking the lead in driving projects.
• Translate complex research reports into compelling brief summaries, blog posts and social media hooks.
• Respond rapidly to opportunities for funding or media through quick research and short-form writing.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:
• At least five years of relevant work experience, or Master’s degree in a related field.
• Strong writing and communication skills and able to produce high-quality written products and edit the writing of other team-members.
• Familiarity with a range of research methods, such as interviews, textual analysis, survey design and analysis.
• Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively.
• Commitment to work with organizations and communities, and ability to build authentic relationships with diverse stakeholders.
• Values listening to the needs of those working for social change, honoring the wisdom of people closest to on-the-ground struggles, and developing theory out of the lived experience and practice gained from those insights.
• Collaborative, and enjoys working with a small team.

How TO APPLY:
If you are interested in this position, please send the following items to hiring@buildingmovement.org: 1) resume, 2) cover letter describing your interest in the position and salary requirements, and 3) writing sample, not longer than 10 pages.

About Organization:
For over a decade, the Building Movement Project has been advancing the potential for nonprofit organizations to have an impact on building movements for progressive social change. We learn by listening to groups and leaders about what it takes for organizations to align their social justice principles with their operating practices. Our research and practical resources help organizations innovate to meet the needs of the communities they serve and face the challenges of the external environment. BMP concentrates on the following three main focus areas in order to accomplish our goals and advance social change: • Leadership: Analyzing how organizations can do their best work, encourage diverse leaders at every level, and promote the most effective and inclusive practices. • Service and Social Change: Developing the capacity of organizations to engage constituents in changing the systems that impact them. • Movement Building: Acknowledging and building on the distinct role of nonprofit organizations in advancing movements for social change.


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