Research Fellow, Center for Guaranteed Income Research (CGIR)

Center for Guaranteed Income Research (CGIR)
Alexandria , VA 22314
United States

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Employment Type
Contractor
Work Schedule
Part-Time

Job Description

Position Title: Research Fellow, Center for Guaranteed Income Research (CGIR)

Job Location: Alexandria

Stipend: TBD

Role type: Contract, Part-time [paid directly from CGIR]

Time Commitment: Will fluctuate, 5-10 hours per week during data collection periods (every six months), over the course of the pilot.

 Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in this position and your resume outlining your relevant experience in one PDF packet.
 

Position Context: Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a coalition of 50 mayors across the country, has partnered with the Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania. The Center will conduct a multi-city evaluation of emerging guaranteed income pilots. The Center will build on the existing body of cash-transfer literature to build an evidence rich pilot to policy pipeline. This fellow will work closely with the pilot administrator and City staff but will officially report to the Center for Guaranteed Income Research.

Position Description: The Center for Guaranteed Income Research is searching for a highly motivated individual to serve as the Research Fellow in the City of Alexandria. The Research Fellow will be the primary person interfacing with guaranteed income participants, establishing trust, facilitating data collection, ensuring participant retention, and executing on operational priorities. Research fellows running the pilots will also be provided a research affiliation with Penn through the center providing them access to Penn’s resources, standardized indirect costs, and streamlined research support under the Center Directors.

Research Fellows, who reside in the pilot city and have been appointed by pilot leadership, will receive a $21,000 stipend from the Center to execute the research design in their city.

Responsibilities include:

Participant Liaison and Engagement

  • Provide potential participants, recipients, and control groups with accurate and updated information through 1-1 relationships and produced materials;
  • Coordinate interactions between potential participants, recipients, and control groups and outside organizations and interested parties;
  • Ensure participant retention in both treatment and control groups in a community based setting;
  • Field inquiries from potential participants, recipients, and control groups;
  • Coordinate research compensation payments and troubleshoot issues.

Data Collection and Management

  • Contribute to the development of research designs, data collection methods, and strategies for data management in concert with other team members;
  • Manage day-to-day logistics of data collection activities, such as troubleshooting around Qualtrics survey completion;
  • Troubleshoot with participants when issues with surveys arise, including issuing reminders around survey completion deadlines;
  • Coordinate day-to-day qualitative research-related activities for participants (e.g. schedule and complete one-on-one qualitative interviews, meetings and other events);
  • Implement quality control processes throughout.
  • Write and format reports for external distribution.
  • Create presentations for stakeholder meetings as requested. Represent research fidelity and integrity at stakeholder meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements/Qualifications:

The job is ideal for someone with an enthusiasm for empirical research, and the ability and interest to learn new skills and take initiative as a project develops. Candidates must be comfortable with community-based field research and have some experience working in a collaborative model with multiple stakeholders in and outside of government.

  • Is currently pursuing or has completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in social work, sociology, public policy, public health or a related field
  • Lives in the City of Alexandria and has familiarity with geographical location
  • Understands and acknowledges that systemic racism underpins mass incarceration and financial inequality
  • Has strong passion for highlighting the lived experiences of those experiencing financial insecurity or passion for supporting individuals who are system-impacted
  • Understands the strength of diversity, and the need for solutions to support all regardless of race, religion, gender, immigration status, or ethnicity
  • Has a basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research design and methods
  • Has strong computer skills
  • Is able to work independently
  • Has prior research assistant leadership experience is strongly preferred
  • Has experience coordinating large groups of people and tracking sensitive data
  • Displays confident leadership, writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Has ability to manage and adapt in a constantly evolving and changing environment; comfort working with ambiguity
  • Demonstrates proven success in managing multiple projects and timelines
Job Requirements
Requirements/Qualifications:

*The job is ideal for someone with an enthusiasm for empirical research, and the ability and interest to learn new skills and take initiative as a project
develops. Candidates must be comfortable with community-based field research and have some experience working in a collaborative model with
multiple stakeholders in and outside of government.

*Is currently pursuing or has completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in social work, sociology, public policy, public health or a related field
*Lives in the City of Alexandria and has familiarity with geographical location
*Understands and acknowledges that systemic racism underpins mass incarceration and financial inequality
*Has strong passion for highlighting the lived experiences of those experiencing financial insecurity or passion for supporting individuals who are
system-impacted
*Understands the strength of diversity, and the need for solutions to support all regardless of race, religion, gender, immigration status, or ethnicity
*Has a basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research design and methods
*Has strong computer skills
*Is able to work independently
*Has prior research assistant leadership experience is strongly preferred
*Has experience coordinating large groups of people and tracking sensitive data
*Displays confident leadership, writing, communication, and organizational skills
*Has ability to manage and adapt in a constantly evolving and changing environment; comfort working with ambiguity
*Demonstrates proven success in managing multiple projects and timelines
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Alexandria VA 22314
United States

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