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Senior Research Associate

The Applied Research Center (ARC) is a 30-year old non-profit, national racial justice organization whose mission is to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences. By telling the stories of everyday people, ARC is a voice for unity and fairness in the structures that affect our lives. Our multi-racial and diverse staff primarily pursues the organization’s mission through:

The ARC Senior Research Associate will work closely with the Research Director and Research Associate(s) to develop contemporary racial justice theory, reveal and explore current racial disparities, highlight solutions to racial inequity, and outreach to grassroots and academic communities.  The position requires monthly travel and will be based in ARC’s Oakland, CA office, or remotely in the Southern United States.


  • Assist the Research Director in conceptualizing, planning and implementing short and long-term research projects.
  • Conduct and direct research as necessary, including quantitative data collection and analysis, public opinion research and qualitative research.
  • Provide project management for effective inter-departmental collaboration.
  • Write appropriately for multiple public products such as reports, research briefs and reviews, scripts for multimedia products such as documentary video, and online editorials/blogs.
  • Present research and other ARC products in professional and media settings.
  • Help hire, train and supervise interns and volunteers.
  • Support organizational fundraising efforts, including but not limited to conducting foundation visits, drafting grant proposals and reports, and making presentations at philanthropic conferences.
  • Provide research support for Media and Leadership Development projects.
  • Active participation – including facilitation and content management – of departmental and organizational meetings.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Research Director.


Skills and Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in economics, ethnic studies, political science, public policy, social psychology, sociology, or other social science field required.
  • At least 2 years experience in applied social science research (e.g., in service to CBOs, non-profit organizations, labor unions, etc.) preferred.
  • Expertise in racial justice theory, history and current conditions affecting diverse communities, including AAPI, American Indian, Black, Latino and Middle Eastern communities, both U.S.-born and immigrant. Strong familiarity with progressive social change practices and landscapes, particularly in racial justice and related fields (e.g., poverty, labor/employment, criminal justice, immigration, education, health care, food justice, reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, etc.).
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Ability to write in multiple styles for lay and professional audiences. Ability to write quickly with high level of competence [Note: Ability to read, write, and communicate in a foreign language also a plus].
  • Demonstrated ability to meet frequent deadlines when working both individually and in team settings.
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Excel, SPSS, Dedoose, ArcGIS, and/or other software for organizing and analyzing data. Note: Experience with large data sets of socioeconomic factors preferred for this position.
  • Supervisor / management / training experience.
  • Familiarity with multimedia forms of presenting research, including Power Point, live webinars, and other video and audio forms.
  • Patience, a strong work ethic, good judgment and a well-honed sense of humor.
  • Comfort in diverse settings, from grassroots meetings to professional conferences.

Compensation – The salary range for this position is $52,000 - $56,000, depending on experience.  In addition we offer an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurances, flexible spending account, retirement plan, transportation stipend, vacations, and a sabbatical.

How to Apply – (E-mail applications only; No mail or phone calls, please.)

Submit a cover letter, resume / CV (not to exceed 3 pages), list of 2-3 references, and up to two writing samples (at least one of which should demonstrate your ability to accessibly present quantitative data) to Dominique Apollon, Research Director at with subject heading “Senior Research Associate position”.  The cover letter should speak to any specific areas of racial justice research expertise that you would bring to the department, as well as any additional key areas of interest that you would hope to develop. Applicants with professional roots and relationships in the Southern United States (i.e., within communities of color, racial justice organizations and research institutes in the region) are particularly encouraged to apply. The rolling review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Tentative start date – June 2013.

The Applied Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status.