Job Posting:
Research Associate, Data Analysis

CEIR seeks a qualified Research Associate to join our team.

The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Research Director and in collaboration with other colleagues to support CEIR’s research initiatives. These initiatives include matters pertaining to voter registration, voter access, election integrity and security, and election administration policy. As an integral member of the research team, the Research Associate will support CEIR’s mission by developing and conducting surveys and studies, analyzing data, and contributing to research reports and other written materials for CEIR’s diverse audience of election officials, policymakers, the media, and key stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collect and clean data, analyze data using statistical software, visualize findings, and develop presentations on results for internal and external audiences
  • Brief members of the leadership and research teams on research results, including through graphs, charts, and other data visualization tools
  • Synthesize findings and help draft reports, issue briefs, and other written products for publication
  • As a member of the research team, help assess where CEIR’s work can have the biggest impact, identify growth opportunities, and develop research proposals
  • Assist with all research activities, including project design, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of findings
  • Develop deep expertise on issues relevant to CEIR’s mission, including policies affecting election administration and voter access 
  • Monitor trends, research, and publications in the election space to inform CEIR’s research portfolio
  • Promote a team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning, quality, collaboration, positivity, and transparency
  • Maintain effective communication with team members and participate in regular team meetings

Qualifications

Data Analysis, Research, and Substantive Knowledge
  • Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to extract meaningful findings from complex data problems
  • Experience with research design and using quantitative and qualitative methodologies to best approach the question at hand
  • Experience with quantitative research methods, including (1) advanced statistical analysis and (2) data collection, manipulation, and management 
  • Proficiency in key statistical techniques and knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics and their appropriate uses 
  • Working knowledge of database principles, processes, technologies, and tools
  • Understanding of data wrangling, formatting, and cleaning across multiple data sources and formats
  • Passion for issues related to CEIR’s research initiatives, including policies affecting election administration and voter access; prior work on these issues is a plus
Communication Skills, Work Ethic, and Environment
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy, as well as the ability to produce consistent quality work while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and adjust to changing priorities
  • Ability to work objectively and in a nonpartisan manner with respect to CEIR’s research, election officials (regardless of party affiliation), and election issues generally
  • Ability to collaborate with people in all levels of an organization and the willingness to function as part of a team to reach organizational goals
Computer Skills and Education
  • Proficiency with statistical tools (e.g., R, Stata, SPSS, SQL), data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, R, Python, Excel), and Microsoft Office applications
  • Bachelor’s degree in data science, statistics, political science, public policy, or a related field required; a master’s or other advanced degree, while not required, may be considered in the hiring decision 

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated individual who wants to join a quickly growing nonprofit that seeks to make a substantial, positive, nonpartisan impact on elections and American democracy. The Research Associate role is a full-time job. CEIR’s office is in Washington, DC, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most CEIR staff are currently working remotely. Therefore, while we prefer applicants who live in the Washington, DC Metro Area, we may also consider qualified applicants who live elsewhere.

Compensation

CEIR offers competitive pay, commensurate with qualifications, and benefits (including medical/dental/vision insurance, 401(k) with up to 5 percent match, and commuter benefits).

Application Process

Email the following to jobs@electioninnovation.org:

  1. Brief cover letter explaining your interest (less than one page)
  2. Resume
  3. Three references

We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.