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The Research Assistant will be responsible for data cleaning, compiling, and analysis, and will assist with quantitative interviews.

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 partners with community and philanthropic groups, financial institutions, and policymakers to effect change at national, state, and local levels. As a leading consumer advocacy organization, Woodstock builds bridges between key policymakers and affected consumers in low- and moderate-income areas and communities of color.

The Position

The Research Assistant will be part of the Woodstock Institute team and report to the Woodstock Institute Director of Research and Research Associate. The Research Assistant will be responsible for data cleaning, compiling, and analysis, and will assist with quantitative interviews. The Research Assistant is expected to report to the office at least once a week and has the flexibility to work remotely the remaining days of the week based on their preference. This is a full-time position located in Chicago.

Primary Responsibilities

The Research Assistant will primarily work with the Research Associate on the evolution and expansion of Woodstock’s Community Lending Factbook(s) and associated Data Portal. In addition, the Research Assistant may be assigned to work on other projects as specified by the Director of Research.

Key Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to the Director of Research and Research Associate
  • Works closely with Woodstock’s policy, development, communications, and administrative staff

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Data acquisition, cleaning, dissemination, and visualization
  • Assisting with conducting training, outreach, and/or qualitative interviews
  • Other duties, as assigned



  • Must be able to work from Chicago, remote will not be considered
  • Currently earning or received a bachelor’s degree in geography, economics, urban planning, or related field
  • Familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • 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
  • Strong commitment to economic and social justice issues, as evidenced by previous professional or volunteer work


Experience with spreadsheet and data analysis software, especially Excel and SPSS or equivalent

Demonstrated experience in applied research

Spanish language skills a plus


Salary depends on experience and qualifications. Starting range for a candidate with minimum required experience to a sustained track record is from $45,000 to $55,000 per year. Relocation is not offered.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, writing / research sample and list of three professional references to Beverly Berryhill at Deadline to apply is midnight Central Time on October 31, 2021

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