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About Woodstock Institute

Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization that works to create a safe and equitable financial system, especially for lower-income people and communities of color. Woodstock Institute partners with community and philanthropic groups, financial institutions, and policymakers to effect change at local, state, and national levels. As a leading consumer advocacy organization, Woodstock builds bridges between key policymakers and sources of capital with affected consumers in low- and moderate-income areas and communities of color.

The Position

The Research Analyst reports to the Woodstock Institute Director of Research and is responsible for gathering and analyzing data using a range of methods. The Research Analyst works as a team with other Research Associate(s) and/or Research Assistant(s) in producing the organization’s research reports and developing and disseminating data for the Institute’s online Data Portal and interactive mapping tool. This is a full-time position located in Chicago.

Salary & Benefits

Salary depends on experience and qualifications. Starting range for a candidate with minimum required experience to a sustained track record is $55,000 to $65,000 per year. Compensation package includes: 4 weeks paid vacation (the office is closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day, with holiday pay); dollar-for-dollar match up to 6% of salary on 403b retirement plan; health insurance premium 100% paid for employee, with subsidy for additional family members.

Key Organizational Relationships

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

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Acquisition and management of a variety of data including qualitative survey data and large sets of quantitative Census data
  • Quantitative data assessment and statistical analysis to identify trends and patterns
  • Geographic analysis of data, mapping trends and patterns across geographies of various scales
  • Production of visualizations (including tables, graphs, and charts) to demonstrate trends in data
  • Assistance with data collection
  • Developing and refining processes for data collection and analysis
  • Production and maintenance of interactive web pages on an online “data portal”
  • Other duties, as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in geography, economics, urban planning, or related field
  • At least two years’ experience in research, Excel, SPSS, R, GIS, Tableau, and/or data analysis tools
  • Demonstrated experience in research design and implementation
  • Excellent written and spoken English language communications skills
  • 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 volunteer work
  • Willing and able to occasionally travel and attend work-related events outside regular work hours in evenings and on weekends


  • Master’s degree
  • Familiarity with CSS/HTML and basic web development
  • Foreign language skills, Spanish ability preferred

To Apply

Send resume, cover letter, writing sample and list of three professional references to Amber S. Hendley at ahendley@woodstockinst.org. Open until filled, for best consideration apply by March 24, 2023.

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