Job Announcement- Research Associate


About the Building Movement Project

For over a decade, the Building Movement Project has been advancing the potential for nonprofit organizations to have an impact on building movements for progressive social change. We learn by listening to groups and leaders about what it takes for organizations to align their social justice principles with their operating practices. Our research and practical resources help organizations innovate to meet the needs of the communities they serve and face the challenges of the external environment. BMP concentrates on the following three main focus areas in order to accomplish our goals and advance social change:

  • Leadership: Analyzing how organizations can do their best work, encourage diverse leaders at every level, and promote the most effective and inclusive practices 
  • Service and Social Change: Developing the capacity of organizations to engage constituents in changing the systems that impact them;
  • Movement Building: Acknowledging and building on the distinct role of nonprofit organizations in advancing movements for social change.

Job Summary

We are seeking a mid-level researcher experienced in survey design and data analysis, with strong communication skills. The Research Associate (Associate) will join our small staff team and work closely with BMP’s Co-Directors. The Associate will work on our national projects focused on leadership, service and social change, and movement building, as well as our place-based projects in Detroit and New Mexico. In the near-term, the Associate will spend the majority of their time working on the analysis of BMP’s Nonprofits, Leadership and Race Survey, which had over 4,000 individual respondents working in the nonprofit sector.  The Building Movement Project is fiscally sponsored by Third Sector New England, but the national headquarters and staff are based in New York City. While there is a preference for this position to be housed in New York, telecommuting may be negotiable.

Essential Job Functions

Responsibilities of the Research Associate will include:

  • Collaborate on the development of surveys, interview protocols, and other data collection tools;
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research by administering surveys to and completing interviews with a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data and prepare reports and other deliverables;
  • Assist in the dissemination of reports by translating research findings into blog posts and other social media content;
  • Manage project and task timelines for selected projects;
  • Contribute thought leadership and strategic insights to the development of future projects;
  • Work with the communications consultant to implement communications strategy around release of a Race and Leadership report series;
  • Develop and implement long-term communications strategies.


The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:
• At least three years of relevant work experience, or a Master’s Degree in a related field;
• Strong writing skills, ability to produce high-quality written products and to edit the writing of other team-members;
• Strong verbal communications and presentation skills, experience with basic messaging/communications strategy, and familiarity with social media platforms;
• Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, and able to produce data charts, figures and graphs quickly;
• Experience developing infographics and other forms of data visualization is a plus;
• Experience with SurveyGizmo, SurveyMonkey, and/or other online survey platforms;
• Experience with Stata, SPSS, R, or other statistical software;
• Experience with social network analysis (i.e. UCINET) is a plus;
• Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively;
• Commitment to work with organizations and communities and able to build authentic relationships with diverse stakeholders;
• Values listening to the needs of those working for social change, honoring the wisdom of people closest to on-the-ground struggles, and developing theory out of the lived experience and practice gained from those insights;
• Collaborative, and enjoys working on a small team.

The hiring range is $65,000 to $75,000, with comprehensive benefits.

To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications. Please include your resume, a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant experience with mixed research methods and data analysis, along with a writing sample, not longer than 10 pages.
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As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Building Movement Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification and veteran or disability status.

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