Senior Research Analyst
|Community Improvement, Human Services
UNH, a policy and social change organization representing 45 neighborhood-based settlement houses, seeks a Senior Research Analyst to significantly expand UNH’s analytic capacity to influence and inform the public agenda in New York City and New York State. The intended result of the Senior Research Analyst’s work is improved policies and funding for New York neighborhoods and settlement houses. In addition, this work will provide useful data for UNH’s member settlement houses.
The Senior Research Analyst will develop and conduct research and analysis on topics relevant to strengthening neighborhoods and neighborhood-based human services to understand neighborhood trends and enrich the work of settlement houses and UNH. This work will help increase recognition of UNH as a leader in identifying trends, identify the settlement house model as best practice, and provide insight into ways to strengthen New York.
This is an external-facing position that will work closely with UNH’s leadership, its Policy and Advocacy department, and settlement house staff. The position reports to the Deputy Executive Director. Key goals are to develop a research agenda; to identify the critical topics and key questions; to conduct research and analysis on those topics/key questions; to produce data and evidence-based reports, data visualizations, and other communication materials to educate the general public; and to deepen UNH’s knowledge and understanding of community issues and trends.
Responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):
- Frame research questions relative to UNH mission and identify appropriate methodologies based on new or existing data.
- Collect, analyze, and leverage data from and about settlement houses and about local, state, and national trends that impact settlement house communities. The priorities for analysis will be driven by UNH’s policy and advocacy agenda and/or will showcase the neighborhood impact of a prominent or urgent issue.
- Create reports, briefs, one-pagers, infographics, and other materials for internal and external audiences that summarize research and analysis and offer recommendations for policy, practice, and funding to advance UNH’s mission and serve/support UNH members.
- Conduct briefings and information sessions on research findings and implications for policy and practice.
- Track research and collect data released or available about relevant issues related to UNH and settlement house work — at the neighborhood, city, state, and federal level — and identify ways to add UNH’s voice to the conversation.
- Provide support to settlement houses on data collection for UNH research and analysis.
- Propose, help select, and manage outside consultants to assist with projects as needed.
- Maintain a library/collection of all UNH-conducted research, research by partners, and other relevant research that informs UNH’s work.
The successful candidate should demonstrate the following skills and experience:
- Proficiency and experience in conducting and producing quantitative and qualitative research studies.
- Knowledge about emerging trends and commitment to strengthening the human services field.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to synthesize and represent data and research findings for use by multiple and diverse audiences.
- Skill and commitment to work in teams and independently.
- Strong time-management skills, including the ability to take initiative, prioritize duties, pay attention to detail.
- Five years of relevant work and educational experience.
- Commitment to racial and social justice, with an understanding of the needs of communities served by settlement houses and ability to incorporate a racial equity frame in policy analysis and advocacy efforts.
- Ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, experience, and judgment.
- Strong facilitation skills and experience.
The most competitive candidates will also demonstrate several of the following skills and experience:
- Knowledge of New York City and State government and the existing and planned research that informs government policies and funding.
- Knowledge of New York social service and education programs.
- Familiarity with institutions that conduct research about New York human services and policy.
- Graduate degree in Data Analytics, Data Science, Social Science, Public Policy, Economics, Urban Planning, or related field.
- Experience working with the American Community Survey and/or other government datasets and surveys.
- Proficiency with SPSS and/or R statistical software.
- Experience with SQL and database development and management.
- Ability to effectively use data visualization software.
- Additional professional fluency in Spanish or another language commonly spoken in New York City (e.g., Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Urdu).
Salary and Benefits
UNH offers a competitive salary and benefits package as well as excellent medical, dental and retirement plans, and is committed to the growth and development of the careers of all within the organization. UNH has made a commitment to apply a racial equity lens to our work. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds including race, ethnic culture, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities.
How to Apply
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary expectations to: [email protected]. No inquiries please; only successful candidates will be contacted.
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