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Quantitative Researcher / Senior Quantitative Researcher

Washington, DC, with the possibility of remote work


The FrameWorks Institute is an action-oriented think tank for progressive movements.

We conduct cutting-edge social science research to understand how to change the way people think, feel, and act. We engage with partners who can mobilize this research to build power around progressive solutions.

We believe framing is critical to making cultural and systemic change. That’s why we’re building a unique, integrated team of multidisciplinary researchers and real-world change-makers.

This is an exciting time to join FrameWorks. And we want you to be a part of it.

About the position: Quantitative Researcher / Senior Quantitative Researcher (depending on qualifications)

The Quantitative Researcher / Senior Quantitative Researcher will assist or lead quantitative research to map existing cultural mindsets and test frames that can build support for progressive solutions to complex social problems. Projects will vary by subject, but typically fall within our key issue areas (health equity, economic justice, children and families, and criminal legal reform).

The Quantitative Researcher / Senior Quantitative Researcher will primarily contribute to the development and analysis of survey experiments and descriptive surveys. They will also contribute to interpretation of quantitative results, assist with drafting quant-specific aspects of research reports and briefs, and present quantitative research findings to partners and advisory groups. The Quantitative Researcher / Senior Quantitative Researcher may also occasionally contribute to qualitative research, including conducting and analyzing interviews and focus groups.

The Senior Quantitative Researcher position, as a more senior position on the team, involves leading a collaborative process for designing and interpreting quantitative work, including leading conversations with partners about experiments and descriptive surveys to ensure they are properly targeted at desired outcomes and project goals.

The ideal candidate will have a social science research background and strong quantitative skills; have experience leading collaborative research projects; have experience working with partners and building and managing those relationships; be intellectually curious, innovative, adaptable, and insightful; be knowledgeable about contemporary social movements and policy issues; and be committed to principles of inclusion and equity.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C, with the possibility of remote work. There is an expectation to come to the DC office for key team meetings. All research is currently being conducted virtually, although there is occasionally a need to travel for conferences and other events.

Key responsibilities

  • Assist with the design, development, and interpretation of survey experiments that test the effects of values, metaphors, and other frames, and occasionally lead the design of experiments with substantial support from managers and colleagues (Researcher)
  • Assist with the design, development, and interpretation of descriptive surveys to map cultural mindsets and their relationship to attitudes and support for policies, and occasionally lead the design of descriptive surveys with substantial support from managers and colleagues (Researcher)
  • Lead the design, development, and interpretation process for both descriptive surveys and experiments, with support from managers (Senior Researcher)
  • Analyze experimental and descriptive surveys, reporting descriptive statistics and conducting factor analysis, correlation, regression, and/or ANOVA.
  • Participate in calls with partners and funders to share findings and garner input
  • Contribute to the content of reports and methods supplements
  • Contribute to research presentations
  • Contribute to innovations in theory and methods
  • Collaborate with qualitative researchers to integrate insights across methods and with strategists at FrameWorks to ensure framing research and recommendations are resonant with and useful for partners in the field
  • Lead conversations with partners about descriptive surveys and experiments to ensure they are properly targeted at desired outcomes and goals and that frames tested are usable (Senior Researcher)

Skills needed

  • Commitment to FrameWorks’ mission, including commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Understanding of at least some of the theoretical underpinnings of FrameWorks’ research and approach, such as theories of culture, framing, narrative, metaphor, and ideology.
  • Strong quantitative methods background (e.g., survey sampling, experimental design, item development)
  • Strong statistical analysis skills, including basic inferential statistics (regression, ANOVA)
  • Familiarity with advanced statistical analysis (e.g., path analysis, latent variable modeling) (Senior Researcher)
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis software, ideally R
  • Strong writing skills and ability to present to audiences without social science backgrounds
  • Ability to contribute to qualitative research (e.g., interviewing/focus group moderation and/or qualitative analysis)
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills; practical judgment to move work forward; flexibility and ability to adapt to changing needs

Experience required

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Minimum of 4 years combined education and professional experience in social science research (relevant disciplines include anthropology, sociology, linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, political science, and communications), with at least 2 years of professional experience or education above the undergraduate level for the Researcher position; Minimum of 7 years combined education and professional experience (at least 5 years above the undergraduate level) for the Senior Researcher position
  • 2-3 years of experience leading projects in a collaborative research setting, preferably outside academia (Senior Researcher)
  • Experience working in the fields of economic justice, health equity, children and families, and/or criminal legal reform is a plus
  • Demonstrated experience integrating principles of equity, justice, and inclusion into daily work
  • Experience working collaboratively on a diverse team

Salary: $65,000, depending on experience, for Quantitative Researcher

$80,000, depending on experience, for Quantitative Senior Researcher

Key benefits include 4 weeks paid vacation leave per year; 21 days of holiday leave (including the week between Christmas and New Years and 4 days of holiday during summer months); paid sick leave and personal leave; 403(b) retirement plan; 100% employer-paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision); life and disability insurance; flexible spending plan; cell phone and internet reimbursement, and professional development funding.

This position is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining and a potential future Collective Bargaining Agreement.

To apply

Please submit the following materials to, using the subject header line Quant Researcher/Senior Researcher 2024:

  • Resume or CV with complete employment history and educational background
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position, its relevance to your career goals and past experience, and where and how equity and social justice fit into your professional and/or academic experiences
  • Up to three writing samples, preferably in a mix of styles and genres, and for a wide range of audiences

Review of all applications will begin immediately and continue until the search process concludes. Please check FrameWorks’ website ( to ensure that the position is still available before applying. No solicitations, please.

FrameWorks Institute is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Interested individuals who are BIPOC, women, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply.


About FrameWorks

The FrameWorks Institute is a nonprofit think tank that helps mission-driven organizations communicate in ways that build public will to support progressive change.

It applies rigorous social science methods to study how people understand social issues and develops evidence-based techniques for explaining those issues more effectively. Since 1999, it has conducted pioneering research on effectively communicating a wide variety of scientific and social issues, such as early childhood development, climate change and immigration.

In 2015, it was named one of nine organizations worldwide to receive the MacArthur Foundation’s Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Learn more at