Saturday, October 12, 2013

Program Assistant | Measure of America

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The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications. Measure of America (MOA) is seeking a Program Assistant to join a small but dynamic team. The Program Assistant supports the development of research and advocacy publications, contributes to writing for research briefs as well as social and traditional media, coordinates project activities, and maintains the project’s records and budgets.


Measure of America is an initiative of the Social Science Research Council founded in 2007 and dedicated to stimulating fact-based public debate about and bringing political attention to issues of well-being and access to opportunity in the United States. The project’s hallmark is its human development approach, focusing on equity, sustainability, and a rights-based framework for understanding human progress. MOA published the first-ever human development report for an affluent country, Measure of America, in 2008 (Columbia University Press), a second volume in 2010 (NYU Press), and a third volume online this year. In addition, MOA has produced a series of state and county human development reports and several thematic research reports and interactive online map programs, and it conducts research for other organizations on social justice and human rights-related issues. More information about the project is available at


• Bachelor’s degree in sociology, political science, statistics, economics or interdisciplinary or a related field.
• Excellent writing skills, including the ability to produce written work for external audiences and to proofread others’ work. School newspaper or other journalism experience very desirable.
• Demonstrated research skills, familiarity with principles of social scientific inquiry, and the ability to work with data.
• Demonstrated ability to compile, organize, and perform basic analysis of quantitative data related to social, environmental, and/or economic issues. Familiarity with a statistical package (SPSS/SAS/STATA/R) a plus.
• Previous work experience with, or knowledge of, American social policy a plus.
• Attention to detail, flexibility, professionalism, critical thinking, and independence.

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