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CIRCLE, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, is a non-partisan, independent research organization focused on youth civic engagement in the United States. We conduct extensive research on youth participation, and we leverage that research to improve opportunities for all young people to acquire and use the skills and knowledge they need to meaningfully participate in civic life. In all our work, we are especially concerned with understanding, addressing, and ultimately eliminating the systemic barriers that keep some young people marginalized from and underrepresented in civic life. Our research informs policy and practice and drive substantive change–whether in the classroom, state laws, the county clerk's office, or the community organization–that promotes stronger youth development and a more inclusive and prosperous society.

Responsibilities include serving as the lead quantitative researcher on a range of research projects that may include strategies such as secondary data-analysis, large dataset creation/analysis, literature reviews, field experiments, and development of original surveys. The Senior Researcher's tasks include producing analytic plans, methodology documentation, datasets, reports, fact sheets, formal and informal research briefings, often in close collaboration with CIRCLE colleagues. The Senior Researcher will assist with research grant proposal writing, especially with methodology and measurement sections. She/They/he will occasionally represent CIRCLE at conferences, practitioner forums, and press events. The Senior Researcher will collaborate with colleagues who represent multiple disciplines, backgrounds and positions and provide input and assistance, as well as peer training to other CIRCLE staff who produce and translate research (quantitative and qualitative). This staff member will report to the Director of CIRCLE (Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg), who reports to the Associate Dean of Tisch College, Diane Ryan.

Basic Requirements:

  • Passion for supporting young people and civic engagement broadly.
  • Master's with 3 years full time work OR doctorate with two years of work experience.
  • Strong knowledge base in at least one subject area relevant to CIRCLE’s work, such as civic and political participation, youth development, social studies education, learning science, media studies, sociology, or community psychology.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a full-time work setting with bachelor’s degree, minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience with master’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience with doctoral degree, in a researcher role.
  • Proficiency with multiple parametric and inferential statistical procedures, and use of statistical package, such as R, SPSS, or STATA.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a professional setting in which quick and multiple deadlines and collaborative teamwork were common
  • Willingness to communicate with colleagues frequently and regularly
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts through their work or personal time.
  • Because of CIRCLE’s explicit focus on improving civic education and engagement for young people of color and other underserved youth, and because of Tisch College and Tufts University’s foundational commitments to diversity and inclusion, candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences are especially encouraged to apply.