Senior Researcher - CIRCLE, Tisch College

Apr 06, 2021

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares students in all fields of study for lifetimes of active citizenship. Tisch College promotes new knowledge in the field and applies this knowledge to evidence-based practice in programs, community partnerships, and advocacy efforts. Central to the university’s mission, the college offers Tufts’ students opportunities to engage in meaningful community building, civic and political experiences, and explore commitments to civic participation.

CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & 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.     

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to organize their time and priorities among multiple projects and requests, making relevant decisions to ensure that work is completed in order of priority
  • Comfort with delegating and receiving tasks, and making decisions about research and analytic design choices both with minimal guidance and in collaboration with others
  • Experience with multivariate statistical techniques, evaluation methods, and psychometric analysis.
  • Experience with developing and executing surveys.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with practitioners, reporters, scholars, and young people through writing, speech, and graphics.
  • Direct experience working with young people in a professional capacity
  • Ability to produce reliable, accurate, and readable research products on short deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with CIRCLE colleagues from varied backgrounds and to interact with practitioners of diverse backgrounds, views, and positions.
  • Ability to teach research methods to colleagues and student/workers.
  • Concern for youth civic engagement is necessary; however, prior research in this specific area is not required.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Evening and weekend work are not generally encouraged but when there are imminent deadlines or high-priority press and research needs, staff member occasionally make exceptions to work in evenings and weekends.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.



Primary Location

: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville


: Research


: Tisch College

Employee Status

: Regular

Job Posting

: Mar 26, 2021, 8:24:48 AM

Category: Jobs


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