Research Associate at the Heller School

Brandeis University

United States

December 21, 2021


About us:

The Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (formerly IASP), is a research institute that advances economic opportunity and equity for individuals and families, particularly households of color and those kept out of the economic mainstream.

Position overview:

As a Research Associate I at the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (IERE), you will support research on the Work and Opportunity Pathways portfolio. This part-time RA I position will work with our team to study the impact that the class action case Pigford v. Glickman had for Black farmers. Primary duties include drafting research materials, collaborating with internal and external partners, and analyzing qualitative data.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to develop research materials, including interview protocols, surveys, and facilitators' guides.
  • Participate in interviews and focus groups with Black farmers, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders.
  • Code and analyze interview and focus group transcripts using Atlas.TI
  • Work with our communications and storytelling team to develop and refine narratives
  • Draft reports and other external communications with the Pigford Research Team
  • Required skill and experience

  • A bachelor's degree is required. Enrollment or completion of a graduate degree (Master's or PhD) is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with qualitative analysis software, such as Atlas.ti
  • Experience developing surveys, interview protocols, and/or facilitator guides.
  • Ability to work as a member of a large research team with membership located across the nation.
  • An ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Desirable skills and experience

  • Knowledge of and/or experience researching the topics of agricultural policy (including heirs property and land loss), racial equity, reparations, and/or storytelling
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain external and internal relationships.
  • Ability to effectively present findings publicly for different audiences and/or represent the project in different contexts.
  • This is a part time position, 17.5 hours per week.

    Closing Statement

    Brandeis University is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with an environment conducive to learning and working and where all people are treated with respect and dignity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, caste, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, including transgender identity, religion, disability, age, genetics, active military or veteran status and any other characteristics protected under applicable federal or Massachusetts law.

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