Social Science Researcher
|Location:||California, United States|
We are seeking a creative and energetic team player to help develop and lead the research efforts of our new Climate Learning Initiative. The Researcher will design and conduct experimental research in U.S.-based advocacy campaigns. The Researcher will also be responsible for keeping track of new research and tools used in the area of behavior and cognitive science, communications and public engagement; summarizing and translating relevant research for network partners; and identifying and leading some original research. The Researcher must be flexible and able to contribute to and help to shape an evolving initiative plan. He/She will report to the Director of Climate Change.
Primary duties and responsibilities
Working closely with the Director of Climate Change and the Director of Policy and Communications, the Researcher will:
- Lead our effort to integrate experimentation into public outreach efforts, and develop an evidence base for effective campaign and communication strategies.
- Provide content expertise in social science and related tools related to campaign analytics, public engagement, and persuasion.
- Manage research efforts carried out by contractors and grantees’ work on campaign analytics, polling and experimentation.
- Maintain an online collaborative space for research and program activities.
Knowledge, skills, and assets
- Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience.
- Minimum of Masters Degree in political science, cognitive science, decision support, or related field.
- Significant expertise in quantitative social science methodologies and tools such as randomized controlled experiments, survey development, and polling.
- Demonstrated experience applying quantitative tools to political campaigns or public engagement efforts.
- Familiarity with statistical programming languages such as R, and statistical packages such as Stata, SPSS, and SAS.
- Excellent research and analytical skills.
- Systems thinker; experience working with interdisciplinary teams.
- Knowledge of climate and sustainability issues a plus.
- Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and concurrently manage a variety of activities effectively.
- Excellent written and verbal skills, presentation skills and teamwork skills.
- Strong attention to detail, organizational and project management skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with positive attitude; desire and ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
- Ability to problem-solve and find creative solutions.
- Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
- Ability to handle highly confidential information with discretion.
The position is a one-year term position with possibility of renewal. Benefits include paid parking or transit subsidy.
|Primary Category:||Research and Methodology