come work at CIRCLE (and two other great jobs involving civic engagement)

We are hiring a researcher for the CIRCLE team, which I supervise.

Researcher – Tisch College  (18001131)

The Researcher will work with CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), a research-based think tank that studies how young people in the United States develop knowledge, skills and dispositions for effective democratic engagement. CIRCLE’s work covers a broad range of disciplines and fields, from K-12 civic education, youth voting, youth organizing, youth and civic media, to community characteristics that promote civic development. CIRCLE currently works on major initiatives in partnership with organizations that focus on low-income youth. Although CIRCLE studies civic development and engagement of all youth, the central focus of its work is on expanding access to civic learning and engagement opportunities especially for marginalized youth from various backgrounds. CIRCLE is an influential force and a premier source of information —facts, trends, assessments, and practices—related to youth civic engagement. CIRCLE reaches both academic and practitioners audiences through both academic and popular media, including a large number of features in major news outlets. Founded in 2001, CIRCLE has been part of Tisch College since 2008 and CIRCLE staff are fully integrated into the organizational life of Tisch College and Tufts University, offering CIRCLE staff a number of opportunities to develop skills in and outside of research.

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares students in all fields of study for lifetimes of active citizenship, promotes new knowledge in the field, educates Tufts students and beyond for a life of active citizenship, and applies our research to evidence-based practice in our programs, community partnerships, and advocacy efforts. Tisch College’s work is central to Tufts University’s mission. Tisch College offers several opportunities to engage Tufts students in meaningful community building and other civic and political experiences, explore personal commitments to civic participation, and take on active and effective roles in public life and to engage faculty in expanded active citizenship research and teaching. Tisch College also seeks to influence higher education in the US and abroad to embrace active citizenship mainly through its work via Institute for Democracy in Higher Education.

The Researcher, in collaboration with a broad array of professionals, contributes to the development and execution of all phases of research & evaluation projects and technical assistance activities, including survey design, implementation, data preparation, analysis, data visualization and report preparation. The Researcher will work on multiple projects simultaneously and support CIRCLE’s overall operation, and will support management of project timelines and deliverables.

Basic Requirements:

  • 3 years of related experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated competencies in relevant skills.
  • Proficiency using a statistical software package such as: SPSS, SAS, or STATA, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Keen attention to details and ability to manage multiple project deliverables and timelines.
  • Passion for using research to achieve equity in civic learning opportunities through systemic changes.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects.
  • Knowledge of logic models, research design, statistical analysis (multivariate statistics), and qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Experience with graphic software, and in developing and maintaining data management systems.
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on several projects simultaneously and meet demanding timelines.
  • Compose accurate and clearly written reports and documents.
  • Work independently within basic guidelines and parameters.
  • Gather and analyze available data and draw logical conclusions.
  • Establish and maintain effective collaborative working team relationships.
  • Engage in proactive problem solving and critical thinking/analysis.
  • Engage with diverse stakeholders of varied educational and professional backgrounds and perspectives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise with data visualization software and/or website management.
  • Direct experience with community engagement through community organizing, national service, etc..
  • Direct experience with young people in diverse communities.

Apply here.

And here are two other good jobs:

Democracy Research & Writing Associate, Small Planet Institute

12 Eliot St., Cambridge, MA (In Harvard Sq. across from the Kennedy School)
Compensation: modest, based on qualifications
Hours: 8-10/week, flexible.

Description: The Associate will work collaboratively with author-and-institute principal Frances Moore Lappé to contribute to developing the Institute’s Democracy & Dignity Project, a messaging initiative building on her new book, coauthored with Adam Eichen, Daring Democracy.

Responsibilities include:

  1. keeping Lappé up to date on, and critically evaluating, developments in the Democracy Movement as well and in the ongoing assaults on democracy.
  2. helping to frame messages for, and assisting in the production of, op-eds, blogs, videos and radio interviews that challenge inaccurate frames and generate empowering ones. 3) becoming familiar with arguments in critical new books and other resources, brainstorming and researching specific topics, helping to shape arguments, and providing fact-checking and feedback on drafts.

Apply HERE

Graduate Research Assistant for a Project Involving Arts and Community

The Pao Arts Research Collaborative is a community-based research project looking at the relationship between arts, culture, and gentrification in Chinatown. Using the new Pao Arts Center as the field site, this research is looking at whether arts and culture helps to support and sustain social networks and social cohesion in a rapidly shifting neighborhood impacted by development and displacement.

We are looking for a graduate research assistant interested in working on this project. The research assistant will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of research tasks including conducting the literature review, doing data entry, developing a survey, conducting qualitative interviews and performing qualitative and quantitative data analysis. There may also be opportunities for participating in manuscript writing in the future. We are looking for a research assistant who can work 5-8 hours/week and provide at least a 6 month commitment.

We are looking for someone who is interested in working on community health in Chinatown, is interested in community-based participatory research, is organized, flexible, and detail-oriented, and has either quantitative or qualitative research skills. Applicants should have completed an introductory research methods course in their respective field.

This research is a collaboration between the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Tufts University Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tisch College of Civic Life and the Drama Department at Tufts University. This research is funded by Art Place America.

I am involved, but please send a resume and letter of inquiry to Carolyn Rubin ( .

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About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.