Woodstock Institute is seeking a full-time Research Associate to join our research team.

The Organization
Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization in the areas of equitable lending and investments, wealth creation and preservation, and access to safe and affordable financial products, services, and systems. Woodstock Institute works locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can safely borrow, save, and build wealth so that they can achieve economic security and community prosperity. Our key tools include: applied research; policy development; coalition building; and technical assistance. Woodstock Institute has been a recognized economic justice leader and bridge-builder between communities and policymakers in this field since it was founded in 1973 near Woodstock, Illinois. Now based in Chicago, we work with community and philanthropic groups, financial institutions, and policymakers. Funded by foundation grants, consulting fees, and charitable donations, we conduct research on financial products and practices, promote effective state and federal policies, convene a coalition of community investment stakeholders working to improve access to credit, and help people use our work to understand the issues and develop and implement solutions.

The Position
The Research Associate reports to the Director of Research and is responsible for technical assistance requests, data management, and assisting the Research Director in the drafting of reports. The Research Associate works closely with the Director of Research in producing the organization’s research reports and develops and disseminates data for the Institute’s online Data Portal and interactive mapping tool. This is a full-time position located in Chicago with generous benefits, including an employer contribution to retirement account after first year.

Key Organizational Relationships
• Reports to the Research Director
• Works closely with Woodstock’s policy, development, communications, and administrative staff
• May collaborate with local and national colleagues on research projects

Growth Potential
The Research Associate works with the Research Director to create an annual professional development plan and has opportunities to attend trainings, seminars, conferences, and webinars to improve skills and maintain a professional license. The Research Associate is eligible for promotion to Senior Research Associate based on performance, experience, and qualifications.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Data acquisition, cleaning, dissemination, and visualization
• Work with Director of Research to draft reports and fact sheets
• Produce statistics and visualizations for online Data Portal and Mapping Tool
• Build and strengthen relationships with community organizations and coalition partners
• Assist communications staff by occasionally writing blogs and contributing to Woodstock’s web and social media presence
• Write grant proposals and reports
• Perform various mapping analyses to assist in dissemination of research findings
• Other duties, as assigned

Qualifications

Required
• Bachelor’s degree in geography, economics, urban planning, or related field
• At least two years’ experience in research, GIS, Tableau, and data analysis
• Excellent written and spoken English language communications skills
• Familiar with financial justice issues, including high-cost lending, access to credit, and asset building
• Must be self-motivated, show initiative and leadership, and have the ability to work independently and juggle multiple tasks and deadlines effectively
• Able to learn new skills quickly
• Able to work collaboratively with people at all levels, internally and externally, and in an organized manner in a fast-paced environment
• Punctual, reliable, and willing to put in extra hours, when necessary
• Strong commitment to economic and social justice issues, as evidenced by previous professional or personal work
• Willing and able to occasionally travel and attend work-related events outside regular work hours in evenings and on weekends.

Preferred
• Master’s degree
• Web design experience
• Coding skills
• Spanish language skills would be a plus

Salary
Starting range for candidates without a master’s degree is $38,000 to $41,000, depending on experience and qualifications.

How to Apply
To apply, send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three professional references to Patricia Woods-Hessing, Administrative Director, pwoods@woodstockinst.org. Deadline to apply is midnight Central Time on January 21, 2019.

Woodstock Institute is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds and protected classes to apply.