Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Research Assistant Position Spring Semester

If form did not appear in previous post: http://bit.ly/SoAhhQ

Research Assistant Position Spring Semester



Professor Dan Ryan is looking for a paid on-campus research assistant available during spring semester 2013.

The Project

You will work independently helping to build a database of network data on individual and organizational members of the "higher education lobby."  In this project we will collect and analyze data about the network structure of the "higher education lobby" – organizations, foundations, politicians and scholars who are actively engaged in the project of reshaping American higher education.

I am especially interested in characterizing the network of (mostly conservative) think tanks currently working to reform higher education, often in a manner that can be characterized as stealth politics. Although it began much earlier, ever since the "Spellings Commission" Report (2006) higher education been under the threat of being remade along the lines of the "No Child Left Behind."  More than any time since the 1950s and 60s foundations and political organizations are working hard to set the agenda for changing American higher education.

This project will look at how people and money link organizations together in a pattern of "strange bedfellows" and "interlocking directorates" revealing who/what is behind the various claims-making efforts that frame contemporary higher education debates. We will conduct a census of organizations involved in higher education policy and build a database of their staff and board members, funders, policy papers, and other artifacts and a second database of publications on higher education.

Skills, Interests, and Inclinations

Successful candidate will be tech savvy, detail oriented, and able to work efficiently and productively without direct supervision.  You should be a sophisticated and astute user of search engines and other internet based research tools and the Microsoft Office suite (especially important to be comfortable with Excel). You should also be possessed of a genuine hunger to further develop your internet, computer, and data skills (via self instruction, trial and error, online tutorials, how-to books, and demanding to be shown how something is done). Experience with HTML, wiki editing, databases, and any sort of coding are all a serious plus.


Approximately 100-120 hours of work over course of semester (you will be able to earn approximately $1200) expected to be completed on regular weekly schedule February through late April.  We'll communicate mostly via email or e-video but I will be on-campus a few times for face-to-face meetings.

Full access to data for your own use.  Someone interested in sociology of higher education or social networks could incorporate this into senior thesis.

How to Apply

Before 5 p.m. December 5, 2012 apply via form below.  For further information, make appointment for office hours.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Social Words, 762b

From the 18 November 2012 Sunday New York Times Magazine....

That Should Be a WordBy LIZZIE SKURNICK

(WE-zill-EE-ants) n.

1. Power gained by coming together. “The northeast faced Hurricane Sandy with wesilience, neighbors helping each other before the storm even hit.” See also: Gleelectricity (joy at your power returning); exuberinse (joy at hot water).

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New York Union Semester


There’s still time to apply for spring 2013 admission to CUNY’s New York Union Semester academic internship or Masters in Labor Studies.  Both provide students with tools for leadership, scholarship and advocacy.

New York Union Semester combines courses with a mentored internship at a labor union or worker organization. We accept college students and graduates who receive: 
ü  a weekly stipend
ü  a scholarship toward the cost of Labor Studies courses at in-state tuition rates
ü  an unlimited-ride MetroCard and
ü  academic credits and a Certificate in Labor Studies.
In the Masters in Labor Studies program, students examine history, current debates and issues affecting working people and unions from an interdisciplinary perspective. This is an ideal degree for students interested in advocacy, non-profit or social justice work; union members; and graduate students with a research interest in labor.  The Masters program offers:
ü  evening, weekend, and summer classes in midtown Manhattan
ü  internships
ü   comprehensive academic resources and
ü   financial aid.

Students who are based in the New York City area may wish to attend one of our Open House sessions. Please contact Laurie Kellogg if you wish to discuss these options:  212-642-2055 or laurie.kellogg@mail.cuny.edu.

For more information on these and other Murphy Institute academic opportunities, go to http://sps.cuny.edu/institutes/jsmi.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Paid Summer Research Internship on Societal Violence


“Hands-on Minds-on”: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Societal Violence

In summer 2013, Virginia Tech will offer a unique interdisciplinary NSF-funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program specifically designed for students from Virginia community colleges and 4-year institutions around the country. The program brings scholars together from the colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and Science to study the topic of societalviolence. Students will be paid a $5,000 stipend, and provided travel, free housing and meals on our campus for 10 weeks from May 28 to August 2.

The application deadline is January 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. For additional information about this program or to download an application please visit, http://www.uri.clahs.vt.edu/NSFREU/index.html.

Diana Ridgwell, Ph.D.
Director of Student Development and
the Undergraduate  Research Institute
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Virginia Tech dridgwel@vt.edu

Friday, November 2, 2012

Summmer Language Fellowships


Are you:
-          a US citizen?
-          Interested in spending an entire summer living abroad and studying:
o   Beginning to Advanced: Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu:
o   Advanced beginning to advanced: Arabic and Persian
o   Intermediate to Advanced: Chinese, Japanese, and Russian
If so, this is the program for you: http://www.clscholarship.org/index.php
The deadline is NOV 20.
Applications include:
-          Online application with four essays
-          Two letters of recommendation
-           uploaded copies of your unofficial transcript/s.
The 2013 CLS Program online application is available at www.clscholarship.org.

Martha C Johnson
Assistant Professor of Government

Internships at PARC (birthplace of the mouse)


We invite highly qualified graduate, undergraduate, and MBA students to apply to our internship program. As one of the most prolific innovation businesses in the world, PARC offers a truly exceptional experience.  

We value the fresh perspectives interns bring, so our interns are fully integrated into the daily activities of PARC's highly collaborative, multidisciplinary culture. Interns have the opportunity to work with leading researchers in the physical, computer, and social sciences; engage in different stages of the research and development pipeline; present their ideas; and receive authorship on publications and/or patents.

To apply to the program:

More about PARC culture, community, people: 

Print flyer to post on campus job boards and other locations:

For more about PARC (including what we do today, our history, and more), please visit

Friday, October 19, 2012

Interesting Non-Sociology But With Sociology Twist Paid Internship


Neighborhood Operations Intern

Nextdoor is looking for exceptional intern candidates for a 3-month paid internship with the opportunity of a permanent, full-time position for exceptionally strong performers. This is a great opportunity for smart people to gain experience in an early-stage startup environment.

As a Neighborhood Operations Intern, you’ll play an important role in a fast-paced and fun venture-backed startup, with the opportunity of transitioning to a full-time position. You'll own the primary communications with users and will work closely with the product and engineering teams to advocate for improvements in the product and user experience.


  • Help guide new users through the steps of creating a Nextdoor website for their neighborhood
  • Analyze user feedback and advocate for enhancements across the Nextdoor team, while also being the voice of the Nextdoor team to the community
  • Develop and constantly improve processes to support a growing number of neighborhoods
  • Resolve user issues and questions in a timely and positive manner that builds loyalty to Nextdoor
  • Analyze metrics to identify user pain points and develop creative solutions for them

  • BA/BS degree with a strong academic record
  • Demonstrated passion for helping users
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal); strong listening and negotiation skills
  • Ability to quickly grasp technical concepts, analyze problems and implement creative solutions
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and on multiple initiatives at the same time; excellent project manager
  • Graphic design, SQL, or community-building experience a plus

  • Fully stocked kitchen.
  • Casual, open office environment.
  • Downtown SF location close to awesome food, shopping, and transit!

Interested candidates should email a resume and college transcript to internships@nextdoor.com, with the subject "Neighborhood Operations Intern".

Monday, October 15, 2012

Graduate School in UK in Media/Cultural Studies


The Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, UK, has funding to offer two full-time scholarships with a start date of 1st February 2013. 65% of the Centre's research was classed as "world leading" or "internationally excellent" in the RAE2008.  Together with full payment of fees, each scholarship will include a bursary of ?13,590 per year. In return successful candidates will be expected to do six hours teaching per week.

We will consider applicants proposing research in any area of media, film, and cultural studies.

If you would like to apply for one of the scholarships, please email Lianne Hopper (lianne.hopper@sunderland.ac.uk) and include the following information:

 1.  Curriculum Vitae.
 2.  An outline of your proposed research topic (about 500 words).
 3.  A brief explanation of why you would like to study at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies.

If you have any questions about the scholarships, please email Professor John Storey (john.storey@sunderland.ac.uk). Further details about the Centre's activities can be found at www.crmcs.sunderland.ac.uk

The closing date is 23rd November. Interviews will be on 10th December.

University of Sunderland - Shortlisted for the Times Higher University of the Year 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Grad School Info Night



Wednesday, October 10, 2011

5:00-7:00 pm
in the Vera Long Lobby

We will discuss many different grad programs
(PhD, EdD, MA, MSW, MPH, MPP, MBA, JD, and more!)  
Please Bring Questions!


We’ll have lots of helpful handouts.

Juniors and Sophomores are strongly encouraged to attend!

Sponsored by the Sociology & Anthropology Department

Bowling Green Sociology


In the old days graduate programs sent out posters with reply cards for us to hang in departmental hallways.  Now, sometimes, they send along an email.  This blog seems like a reasonable place to "hang" the email for all to see.  Such re-posting is not a special endorsement, just a passing along...

Dear Prospective Sociology Graduate Student:

I encourage you to apply to our graduate program in Sociology at Bowling Green State University. We offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in four areas of concentration: Criminology/Deviance, Demography, Family Studies, and Social Psychology. Bowling Green Sociology is a top-20 ranked program according to the National Research Council based on objective indicators of program quality. Our high overall ranking is due in part to the high rankings we received for research productivity and student support and outcomes.

Below are several unique features of our program that I think you will find particularly attractive:

§   Financial support for domestic and international students through research and teaching assistantships that include tuition waivers and stipends. Current academic year stipends range from $11000-$15000 per year. Funding is guaranteed for 2 years for M.A. students and 4 years for PhD. students, provided satisfactory academic progress is maintained. Students in the program may also apply for summer funding and funds to attend and present papers at national conferences.

§   Opportunities to work closely with faculty as research and teaching apprentices, and to collaborate with faculty and other graduate students on research projects, many of them resulting in co-authored publications.

§   Small graduate seminars led by highly productive faculty offer advanced training in our four areas, in addition to cutting-edge and highly marketable analytic techniques.

§   Highly supportive graduate student and departmental culture. Our students report that they find the department both supportive and challenging. The active Sociology Graduate Student Association provides opportunities for meaningful participation in departmental governance and other issues affecting student life.

§   Opportunities to affiliate with two major research centers housed in the department: the NIH-funded Center for Family and Demographic Research and the ASPE-funded National Center for Family and Marriage Research. These centers provide many resources to students, including: research assistantships, colloquia series, training in statistical programming, and opportunities to network with prominent scholars from other universities.

§   Strong placements in academic and research positions at universities, government agencies, business firms, and research centers.

I invite you to explore our website (http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/soc/page37081.html), which contains detailed information about our program, including the application process. In addition, check us out on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BGSUSociology). Students wishing to be considered for fall semester funding should submit their applications by January 30.

Feel free to contact me (419-372-7260 or demuth@bgsu.edu) or any faculty in our department for more information about opportunities in our program.

Best Regards,
Stephen Demuth
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Careers: Give Passion the Opportunity to Follow You

Cal Newport has a nice piece titled "Follow a Career Passion? Let it Follow You" in the 29 September edition of the New York Times.

In it he partially debunks the notion that the right thing to do in making career decisions is to "follow your passion."  He notes that, for one thing, it's awfully hard, before you do things, before you have had a chance to know what it feels like to master something, to even know what your passions are.

He does not say, but I think it bears noting, that faced with the imperative to follow passions but not having enough experience and self-knowledge to do so, we often grab off-the-shelf "passions" that are not infrequently "aspiration-challenged."

Traditional advice, he suggests
assumes that we all have a pre-existing passion waiting to be discovered. If we have the courage to discover this calling and to match it to our livelihood, the thinking goes, we’ll end up happy. If we lack this courage, we’ll end up bored and unfulfilled — or, worse, in law school. 
But this generates unhelpful stress. It turns career path decisions into life-sized existential crises under the threat that the wrong choice will ruin your life and prevent you from ever experiencing real passion. And, he adds, it can actually get in the way:
Every time our work becomes hard, we are pushed toward an existential crisis, centered on what for many is an obnoxiously unanswerable question: “Is this what I’m really meant to be doing?” This constant doubt generates anxiety and chronic job-hopping. 
He argues that it's important to realize that what makes a job or career a good one does not lie exclusively in the content of the work. It lies in a feeling of autonomy and a feeling that one is good at something and having an impact. And:
These traits can be found in many jobs, but they have to be earned. Building valuable skills is hard and takes time. For someone in a new position, the right question is not, "What is this job offering me?" but, instead, "What am I offering this job?" 
Sometimes we have the unfortunate tendency to think about engagement and interestingness as if they are traits of the object or activity -- as in "this book/class/conversation is not interesting." But that's backwards: we create interestingness and engagement.  I think Newport hits the nail on the head when he notes that he survived the first few years of grad school because he recognized "that my sense of fulfillment would grow over time, as I became better at my job. So I worked hard, and, as my competence grew, so did my engagement."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Women Learning Javascript: Free Dinner on Wednesdays in SF!

There may be no such thing as a free lunch but there are free dinners out there.  This one is with a group of women learning Javascript every Wednesday evening in SF, just a block from Powell St BART.  Click on the link below for information and to sign up.

RT @eeblet: Women in the SF Bay Area: come learn Javascript! Free dinner! http://t.co/fPlPbFwd @WomenWhoCode @ZooskEngineers @Codecademy

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bob Moses in Conversation at Mills

Bob Moses (aka Robert Parris Moses) is one of my lifelong heroes. As a grade-schooler following the Civil Rights Movement and SNCC he stood out as "that guy I want to be like" and his rich and varied life's work make him a worthy role model many times over. This is a pretty awesome opportunity to meet someone who was an actor in lots of the "history you read about in books" and to hear about some important and provocative ideas in the contemporary dialog on education as a national priority. -- DJJR

The Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships at Mills will host Bob Moses on campus on
September 20
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Lokey School of Business, Room 101 

In conversation with the School of Education's Dr. Ruth Cossey, Dr. Moses will discuss 

Quality Public School Education as a Constitutional Right

Dr. Moses has been a life-long leader and activist for racial, social, and educational justice. He was a leader with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Mississippi Voter Registration Project, and Freedom Summer in the 1960s.  As a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, he founded the deservedly renowned Algebra Project.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Microsoft Research (MSR) is looking for a Research Assistant Cambridge, Massachusetts


Another in the "what's out there" series

Microsoft Research (MSR) is looking for a Research Assistant for its Social Media Collective in the New England lab, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Social Media Collective consists of Nancy Baym, danah boyd, Kate Crawford, Megan Finn, and Mary L. Gray, as well as faculty visitors and Ph.D. interns.  An appropriate candidate will be both passionate and knowledgeable about social media, have strong writing and organization skills, and have experience working on research projects.  Minimal qualifications are a BA or equivalent degree in a social science discipline and some qualitative research training.

Job responsibilities will include producing literature reviews, coding ethnographic data, editing manuscripts, and organizing events.  The RA will also get to collaborate on ongoing research and, while publication is not a guarantee, the RA will be encouraged to co-author papers while at MSR. The RAship will require 40 hours per week on site in Cambridge, MA.  It is a 1-year only contractor position, paid hourly with flexible daytime hours. The start date will likely be in September.

This position is ideal for scholars who are applying to PhD programs in Communication, Media Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Information Studies, and related fields who want to get involved with research before entering a graduate program.  Current New England-based MA/PhD students are welcome to apply provided they can commit to 40 hours of on-site work per week.

To apply, please send an email to Nancy Baym (baym@microsoft.com) with the subject ?RA Application? and include the following:

 - 1-page personal statement, including a description of research experience, interests, and professional goals

- CV or resume

- Writing sample (preferably a literature review or a scholarly-styled article)

- Links to online presence (e.g., blog, homepage, Twitter, journalistic endeavors, etc.)

- The names and emails of two recommenders

We will begin reviewing applications on September 11 and continue doing so until we find an appropriate candidate.

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Labor Day Announcement

On September 10, Brigid O'Farrell who has taught our "sociology of work" course will give a dinner talk for the Alameda National Women's Political Caucus.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Worker Advocate 

Come to a riveting presentation about a little-known aspect of Eleanor Roosevelt. Author Brigid O'Farrell will talk about her latest book, She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker Eleanor was born to privilege and married to a U.S. president. But she was also a committed lifelong advocate for workers and a proud union member for 25 years. O'Farrell reveals the First Lady's deep ties to the American labor movement and their mutual struggle for human rights.

Monday, September 10, 2012
Buttercup Grill 
229 Broadway, Oakland

Plan to arrive by 6pm so you can order your dinner before the program begins.For more information, contact Program Co-Chair Ellen Augustine, 510-428-1832, ellenaugustine@earthlink.net

And here is a link to O'Farrell's Labor Day article for AlterNet: "Is this California's Last Labor Day."

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Pelosi Internships


Internships Available with Representative Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader
The District Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi seeks competent, passionate, personable college students and recent college graduates for the Internship program for the Fall Semester 2012. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's internship program offers the unique opportunity to learn about the functions of the House of Representatives, the Congresswoman's work in representing the City of San Francisco, and her role as the House Democratic Leader.
Skills required:
·        Excellent communication skills including written and verbal
·        Knowledge of and experience with various computer programs including Word, Excel and Outlook
·        Attention to detail and an ability to complete tasks efficiently and thoroughly
·        An interest in policy issues and government

Selected Intern Duties:

·        Office administrative support which includes greeting constituents, answering phones, sorting mail, data entry, organizing press clips and assisting staff with front desk/reception duties
·        Assisting staff in planning press conferences and community events
·        Researching and drafting responses for office correspondence
While the internship is unpaid, Congresswoman Pelosi supports students requesting credit for their internship through their school or university. Applicants should be punctual, organized, and flexible as tasks and environments vary.  
Please complete the online internship application and fax a writing sample to 415-861-1670. Online application: http://pelosi.house.gov/youth/internships.shtml
Location: San Francisco Federal Building 90 7th Street, Suite 2-800, San Francisco, CA.
Times: Flexible, based on intern’s availability - Monday-Friday, 10:00a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Three new PhD studentships at University of Greenwich

For the "what's out there" file:

 The Business School at the University of Greenwich is advertising three fully funded PhD studentships for the next academic year. A number of different topics are available for applicants to choose, and more detailed information on the desired structure and focus of submissions is available upon request.

 One of the studentships, on "Key influencers and opinion leaders in online communications" is supervised by Dr Riccardo De Vita and Dr. Paola Tubaro and will be part of a broader research programme on online social networks and social influence. For more information, please see this document.

Note the difference between a taught degree and a research degree in British institutions.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ph.D. Programme in Urban and Local European Studies in Milan


FOUR (4) scholarships to attend the three year Ph.D. Programme in Urban and Local European Studies (URBEUR) at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of  Milano Bicocca.

The Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milan – Bicocca, Italy, is offering 4 Ph.D. scholarships to attend its Ph.D. Programme in Urban and Local European Studies, a European doctoral programme that is networked with a number of outstanding European Universities: SciencesPo Paris, London School of Economics, Humboldt Universität Berlin, King’s College London, Universitat de Barcelona.
The URBEUR European doctoral programme aims to serve as a benchmark for excellence in urban studies. URBEUR offers scholars, researchers and professionals a programme of study designed to deliver a broad and thorough grounding in the field along with the skills to develop a specific areas of expertise. Special emphasis is placed on the acquisition of interdisciplinary competences.
Intensive teaching classes and seminars are designed to provide:
  • in-depth knowledge of the social sciences, focusing in particular on new theoretical and research directions in urban sociology, the transformations of local and national welfare systems, globalisation processes and their impact on cities, the new inequalities, urban segregation, and urban policies in general;
  • advanced quantitative and qualitative methodological skills, suitable for conducting territorial comparative research; 
  • acquisition of language skills to perform at a professional level in a global environment.
Co-tutorships and Joint degrees with partner universities as well as long term research stays at European universities are encouraged.
The majority of instruction will be in English. Tuitions fees are very low and scholarships are adequate to cover living expenses in Milan. Scholarships will be augmented by 50% for authorized research periods spent abroad.

Application Deadline: September 10, 2012 

For more information write to Marianna d’Ovidio marianna.dovidio@unimib.it  or visit URBEUR website:
The University of Milano-Bicocca website provides general guidelines regarding Ph.D. programmes:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

rent/work swap in Glenview


From a neighbor (her contact information below):

I am offering very low rent on my beautiful 1BR/1 BA Glenview in-law unit in return for helping with my children (ages 9 and 13) two mornings and one afternoon a week. The hours I need help are 7:30 am -9:00 am and 3:00-7:30 pm Mondays and 7:30am-9:00 am some Thursdays. The job involves helping the kids get ready for school/camp when I leave for work, picking up from school and preparing dinner on Mondays. You will need a safe car, CA license and a clean driving record.

The apartment is a serene, light-filled 1BR/1 BA in-law unit with large deck and shared access to garden, overlooking Dimond Park and pool. The unit has 550 square feet and hardwood floors. I've reduced the rent to $800/month, including all utilities (Internet and cable too!), in return for 25 hours/month in childcare. This is an ideal arrangement for someone with a flexible Monday schedule who loves kids.

If interested, please tell me about yourself and confirm your ability to work the hours listed above. I'm looking for someone who can start as soon as possible. For apartment photos or more information, please contact Karen: karenbreslau@gmail.com

Friday, May 18, 2012

Learning to Code

In a previous post, "Coding, Social Science, and Activism," we "advertised" the idea of social scientists (that is, you) learning to "code" (that means, write computer programs).  In that post we mentioned a few online tools that have been developed for learning to program and some organizations/programs specifically geared toward more women learning to code.

Over the last few weeks of the semester a number of you have expressed interest in joining a group of us who would endeavor to join this movement and get some coding skills this summer.  We post this notice to say "let's do it!" and "is anyone else interested?"

Here's the preliminary agenda.  We'll get together sometime between 5/20 and 5/30 to do a little show-and-tell, get-to-know-you (as needed), and time-line setting.  We'll pick a platform (that is, an online, web-based learning tool), a language (there are a number of different programming languages from which to choose -- each one has it's advantages), and then we'll get rolling.  Most of the courses are self-paced with milestones and most include a "social" component that will let us create a learning community of sorts for mutual aid and encouragement. We'll plan to have a few physical check-in meetings in addition to keeping touch online.

So far, I've got expressions of possible interest from Lulu, Rachel B., Ari, Kalisi?  If you'd like to maybe join us, drop me an email in next few days.  I'll then post a poll with some potential meeting times and we'll get this train out of the proverbial station.

Meanwhile, here is a small menagerie of links you might want to check out:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Research Associate/Assistant Jobs


The following job announcement recently came across my screen.  This particular position might already be filled, but it gives you a good sense of a type of job that's out there for graduates with social science degrees.  Although there is no hard and fast rule, "Research Associate" positions often require a few years post-BA experience (or a masters) while "Research Assistant" positions are usually entry level (that is, a BA is enough).  There are exceptions, of course, so you should not unduly limit your search.  This AIR ad was for Waltham, MA but they have research positions in Washington, DC, Chicago and other places.  

Job Description: Research Associate

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is the leading education research company in the nation providing a continuum of education research, assessment, technical assistance and policy analysis from the school level up to the national and international levels. Our programs apply science to address real world issues on behalf of clients that include federal and state agencies, international development agencies, leading foundations, school districts and private businesses and our experts are a frequent source of information and guidance for policymakers, clients and the news media. We are currently seeking a Research Associate to join our Waltham, MA office.


  • Collect, compile, validate, interpret, and analyze data and trends using standard practices and techniques
  • Apply quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques and methods
  • Work on moderately complex assignments under indirect supervision
  • Communicate project support needs and requests to senior management and clientele, provide administrative support where applicable
  • Conduct literature reviews and write sections of proposals and deliverables
  • Responsible for maintaining and checking the accuracy of data for assigned projects
  • Utilize external resources to supplement, organize, and contribute to tasks and projects
  • Lead and organize content for focus groups
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in the social sciences or related field
  • Must possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently on detailed assignments
  • Experience with word processing, spreadsheet, and database software required
  • Experience with SPSS/SAS or survey research a plus

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, subsidized garage parking, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at www.air.org. To apply, please go to http://jobs-airdc.icims.com and conduct a job title search. EOE.

Salary Range: $40,000 - $49,999

American Institutes for Research
Contact:Teresa LaRocca
Address: 201 Jones Road Boston , MA 20007

Monday, May 7, 2012

Well, you wouldn't be our first sociological baker...


There is currently a full-time counter position - 32 hours per week that qualifies for benefits - open at La Farine in Dimond. The schedule is Friday-Monday, 11:30am-8pm.

Please email lafarinejobs@yahoo.com with your resume or any questions with "FT Counter" in the subject line.


Stan Dodson, Manager
La Farine on Fruitvale

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Obama Campaign Looking for Data People

I've been in touch with Obama campaign about data positions in the campaign. These are jobs.  Starting soon.  Around the country.  For a good cause (depending on your political persuasion). Many of you have exactly the skills they are looking for. From an email I received today:

First, let me tell you a bit more about the Field Tech Academy program. Over the course of the five week online training we’ll be teaching some intermediate Excel skills such as countif, sumif, vlookup, and how to work with pivot tables. We’ll also be teaching trainees on the basics of campaign data, such as how voter files work. Finally we’ll be teaching everyone how to use VoteBuilder which is an online tool we use to work with our voter and volunteer databases.
High-performing graduates of the Academy will be considered for data positions in the states. These positions will have a strong emphasis on training and support. Our data staff in the states are expected to train organizers on proper use of our campaign technologies (including VoteBuilder) and support them as they troubleshoot data management challenges they encounter. Staff may also be asked to help our state leadership team with some analysis and data support work. It’s exciting and very important work, but it’s work of a very specific nature. 
Below is the web page -- you can apply just by filling in this form.  The training is online over first few weeks of May.  This could be a historically important and adventurous post-graduate job!  If you apply, be sure not to undersell your skills!  Happy to talk with you about this if you'd like.

Intern with Nancy Pelosi Office FALL 2012


Internships Available with Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader
The District Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi seeks competent, passionate, personable college students and recent college graduates for the Internship program for the Fall Semester 2012. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's internship program offers the unique opportunity to learn about the functions of the House of Representatives, the Congresswoman's work in representing the City of San Francisco, and her role as the House Democratic Leader.
Skills required:
·        Excellent communication skills including written and verbal
·        Knowledge of and experience with various computer programs including Word, Excel and Outlook
·        Attention to detail and an ability to complete tasks efficiently and thoroughly
·        An interest in policy issues and government 

Selected Intern Duties:

·        Office administrative support which includes greeting constituents, answering phones, sorting mail, data entry, organizing press clips and assisting staff with front desk/reception duties
·        Assisting staff in planning press conferences and community events
·        Researching and drafting responses for office correspondence
While the internship is unpaid, Congresswoman Pelosi supports students requesting credit for their internship through their school or university. Applicants should be punctual, organized, and flexible as tasks and environments vary.  
Please complete the online internship application and fax a writing sample to 415-861-1670. Online application: http://pelosi.house.gov/youth/internships.shtml
Location: San Francisco Federal Building 90 7th Street, Suite 2-800, San Francisco, CA.
Times: Flexible, based on intern’s availability - Monday-Friday, 10:00a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Job/Internship GISetc. Paid


Natural Resources Intern (paid), Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

This is a temporary part-time position (24-40 hours/week) which will extend up to a total of 1,000 hours over a 6-10 month period. Under direct supervision of the Senior Resource Management Specialist, this position works on a broad range of topics including invasive plant control, wildlife management, and ecological restoration. Assignments may vary on a daily basis depending on current priorities. Some tasks will be simple and repetitive (filing, data entry, initial telephone contacts, purchasing) and others will be complex and challenging (GPS mapping of natural features in the field, preparing GIS maps with multiple layers, managing weed database, assisting with planting and restoration projects, monitoring, managing consultants, working with volunteers, public education, writing technical summaries and recommendations for detailed resource management issues). Work duties provide exposure to the broad range of issues, tools, and working conditions in the field of natural lands management. The upcoming assignment will require someone with experience in GPS field mapping and with GIS software, the ability to survey areas that may have steep slopes and poison oak, and good communication skills with the public.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

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