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Public Policy Research Assistant

  • Opportunity Posted On:

    01.19.2024

  • Company / Organization:

    College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University Arlington, VA

  • Location:

    Arlington, VA

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  • Opportunity Description

    The College of Social Sciences and Humanities (College/CSSH) has launched master’s programs at Northeastern University’s Arlington, VA campus in the metro DC/National Capital region. The student in this role must be enrolled on the Arlington Virginia campus. The position will report directly to Professor Tracy Corley, PhD, Director of College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) Programs, Arlington Campus; Professor of the Practice in Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

    Position Summary:

    Actively enrolled students sought as research assistants for up to 180 hours each (approximately 10 hours per week) from January 15 to May 17, 2024. The assistants will help conduct a systematic review of participatory and community engaged research studies from around the world related to neighborhood change and development. Successful candidates must have exceptional English language reading comprehension and writing skills and possess hawkish attention to details. Candidates must also demonstrate the ability to follow through on all parts of complex tasks, work well with others, make well-reasoned decisions, and deliver professional-quality work products on time and to specifications. Those with experience in participatory or community-based studies, community-engagement, social justice, or service learning will be great fits for this research project. Candidates with experience creating annotated bibliographies, conducting systematic reviews, or coding qualitative data are especially encouraged to apply.

    The Research Assistant must represent the University and the College in a professional, enthusiastic manner with a customer service and team focus. All work can be conducted remotely, but students must be available to meet each week during weekday business hours, US Eastern time. The Research Assistant will perform other duties as assigned throughout the term of employment.

    Knowledge, Skill Sets, and Experience:

    • Demonstrated excellence in English language reading comprehension and writing skills
    • Exceptional attention to detail
    • Ability to check one’s own work and the work of others constructively and critically
    • Strong ability to follow through on all parts of complex tasks
    • Strong ability to make well-reasoned decisions
    • Demonstrated ability to deliver professional-quality work products on time and to specifications
    • Excellent coordination, organizational, oral communication, and computer skills
    • High level of self-confidence and enthusiasm, proficiency with virtual communication platforms and cloud-based technologies
    • Ability to be a self-starter and adaptable to new systems
    • Ability to interact professionally and diplomatically with others, especially those from other cultures, ethnicities, and communities
    • Ability to work independently and be productive with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment
    • Strong computer skills including proficient use of Microsoft 365 and Google office suites; knowledge of Atlas.ti or another qualitative data analysis software is a plus
    • Experience in participatory or community-based studies, community-engagement, social justice, or service learning is a plus
    • Experience creating annotated bibliographies, conducting systematic reviews, or coding qualitative data is strongly preferred

    Documents to Submit:

    If interested, complete your Workday profile and upload a single Word or PDF document that includes 1) a cover letter describing your relevant experience and why you would be a good fit for this position, 2) your résumé, and 3) and 3 to 5 writing samples. Finalists will be interviewed and expected to complete a timed and proctored skills test prior to hire. No calls or emails: all candidates will be updated in Workday.

    Pay Range:

    $19.00 – $25.00