Public Agenda

Careers at Public Agenda

Public Agenda is an equal opportunity employer.


RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Three days/week, with possibility to move into full-time position.

Public Agenda is a nonprofit organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate divisive, complex issues. Through nonpartisan research and engagement, it provides people with the insights and support they need to arrive at workable solutions on critical issues, regardless of their differences.

Public Agenda’s research department conducts quantitative and qualitative public and stakeholder opinion studies on a wide range of policy issues, especially on K-12 and higher education reform, health care, local government and civic engagement, etc. The research department also conducts evaluation studies. We employ a wide range of methodologies including large-scale opinion surveys, various types of focus group methods and in-depth one-on-one interviews. The research department frequently collaborates with Public Agenda’s other departments (e.g., public engagement, higher education, and communications) on joint projects.

We seek a highly motivated, collaborative researcher with significant experience who is interested in joining our team in New York City.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

As part of a collaborative research team, the research associate will be involved in all phases of our research and evaluation projects. His/her primary responsibilities will be to significantly contribute to background research and policy reviews, the development of research instruments (including development of survey questions), quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and drafting of reports and briefs for varied audiences.

This position reports to the director of research.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of experience conducting applied social science research, including both quantitative and qualitative methods. OR: Advanced degree in a social science or related discipline (public policy, political science, anthropology, sociology, research methods, etc.) with a minimum of 2 years of experience conducting applied social science research, including both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • A strong interest in and experience working on public policy issues, ideally including significant experience in the areas of K-12 or postsecondary education.
  • Comfort with a wide range of descriptive and some advanced statistical analyses and the use of SPSS.
  • Experience developing survey questions, ideally for public opinion or policy-relevant research.
  • Ability to effectively engage individuals of diverse backgrounds in interviews and focus group discussions.
  • Experience conducting qualitative data analysis, especially as collected through focus groups and interviews.
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills.
  • Intellectual curiosity, a sense of humor and ability to work with a diverse team on diverse projects.
  • Highly organized, able to coordinate multiple schedules and project logistics on an ongoing basis.
  • A strong interest in Public Agenda’s mission and a comfort level working in a nonpartisan (as opposed to an advocacy) organization.

Please send your CV, cover letter and a writing sample (as one PDF) to Chloe Rinehart at crinehart@publicagenda.org. Public Agenda is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity; minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are a national organization based in New York City, and offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and room to grow.




GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND DATA VISUALIZATION SPECIALIST

Public Agenda is a nonprofit organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate divisive, complex issues. Through nonpartisan research and engagement, it provides people with the insights and support they need to arrive at workable solutions on critical issues, regardless of their differences.

Public Agenda is seeking a Graphic Designer and Data Visualization Specialist to join our communications team, which supports Public Agenda’s programmatic work (in research, public engagement and higher education) as well as our fund raising and events efforts. This is a full time position located in New York, NY.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design and produce a wide range of materials in a variety of print and online formats for optimal user experience. Ensure that all materials are aligned with strategic communications goals and messages (defined by Communications Director and senior staff) and meet the specifications of Public Agenda’s existing style and branding guidelines (when applicable). Materials include:

  • Formal research publications
  • Infographics
  • Charts and tables
  • Logos
  • Brochures
  • Event materials
  • PowerPoint/Prezi presentations
  • Newsletters
  • Interactive web content
  • Digital content optimal for social sharing

  • Meet with Communications Director, program staff and clients to determine the scope of a project and to advise on creative design-based strategies for reaching a particular audience.
  • Manage production calendar, keeping colleagues on deadline and guiding projects through all phases of design and production: conception, layout, bid collection, file preparation for print and press check.
  • Liaise with vendors, acquire bids and estimates, receive and process invoices.
  • Develop fresh concepts, designs and sample layouts for new projects, products and event collateral.
  • Ensure visual consistency across all Public Agenda products and projects.
  • Establish style guidelines for secondary organizational collateral, including infographics, internal memos, charts and graphics, invitations and brochures
  • Work with program staff to analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data and statistics. Develop visualizations to communicate data and statistics clearly and quickly through charts, graphics and infographics, as well as interactive web models in collaboration with Public Agenda’s Web Developer.


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in fine arts or graphic design
  • Dedicated professional with at least 2-3 years in a designer role
  • Proven experience with graphic design and professional design standards
  • Mastery of design software (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, web analytics packages, data analytics
  • Interest in, understanding of and capacity to build data visualization models
  • Proven experience working with statistics in creative ways
  • Prezi, Javascript, HTML, CSS, motion graphic / animation skills and digital media experience a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on project tasks and knowledge of when/how to engage team members
  • Strong project management skills, work ethic and communication skills and a proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines with competing priorities and diverse personalities
  • Enthusiasm for Public Agenda’s mission and interest in public policy issues, particularly K-12 education, higher education and health care
  • To be considered, please submit your resume, cover letter with salary requirements, and portfolio or link to your portfolio online to Allison Rizzolo at arizzolo@publicagenda.org.

    Submit all applications in a single PDF document. Please write "Re: Graphic Designer and Data Visualization Specialist" in the subject line of your email and do not include your cover letter in the body of the email.

    Compensation is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package. Public Agenda values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.