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Research Analyst/Researcher

FrameWorks is seeking a Researcher or Research Analyst to join our team.

Full job description

Effective communications is a key part of bringing about social change and helping the public to better understand society’s greatest social problems. Strategic framing can help us all see the solutions to those problems and build the collective will to support them. That’s what we do at the FrameWorks Institute—a nonprofit, progressive think tank that designs, conducts, interprets, and translates communications research to advance social justice.

We are seeking a Researcher or Research Analyst to join our team. The successful candidate will be a part of FrameWorks’ research team and our work to investigate how to effectively reframe social issues, such as health equity, economic justice, and children and youth. This is an outstanding opportunity for an early-career professional with interest in social science research and a commitment to equity and social change.

The Research Analyst or Researcher will support the collection, analysis, and synthesis of multiple streams of qualitative and quantitative data to produce framing recommendations for advocates, activists, and experts working to engage the public about policy solutions to social issues. They will contribute to FrameWorks’ research presentations to different audiences. They will also help develop and innovate FrameWorks’ methods and theory. While the position is designed for early-career professionals, we are open to candidates with varying levels of experience and training. The title of the new position will depend on the successful candidate’s skills and experience.

We are a team of social scientists and strategists with diverse backgrounds and a wide array of professional experiences. The ideal candidate is someone who is intellectually curious, creative, insightful, informed about contemporary policy issues, committed to realizing social justice and equity, and has strong conceptual and analytical skills.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. The position requires up to 25% travel under standard circumstances (due to Covid, all data collection, presentations, and workshops will be conducted virtually until at least Fall 2021).

Key responsibilities

  • Collect and analyze data from individual interviews, focus groups, media content, and advocacy communications
  • Assist with design, development, and interpretation of survey experiments that test the effects of values, metaphors, and other frames
  • Interpret research findings to generate applied communications recommendations
  • Contribute to writing and presentation of research findings in a variety of formats and styles suitable for different audiences
  • Participate in calls with partners and funders to share findings and garner input

Skills needed

  • Strong qualitative research skills and ability to analyze and interpret qualitative data
  • Ability to integrate qualitative and quantitative findings
  • Knowledge of applied inferential statistics (crosstab reports, multiple regression, factor analysis, cluster analysis) and analysis software (e.g. R) a plus.
  • Ability to apply an equity lens to research (e.g. analysis of coded language in interviews and focus groups).
  • Ability to distill and interpret complex research findings for non-academic audiences
  • Strong writing and presentation skills; ability to present to audiences without social science backgrounds
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, partner-oriented setting
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills; ability to thrive in a fast-paced organization and get things done; practical judgment to move work forward; flexibility and ability to adapt to changing needs

Experience required

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Training in social science research (relevant disciplines include anthropology, sociology, linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, political science, and communications)
  • Experience with some form of qualitative research (e.g., conducting and analyzing interviews or focus groups) and/or quantitative research (especially experimental surveys)
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity. Expertise on issues relating to racial equity is particularly sought after.
  • Experience in applied research settings, non-profit organizations, narrative change/communications, or other related fields (e.g. community organizing, market research, journalism).

Compensation and Benefits

Salary bands for this position start at $50,000 (Research Analyst) and $65,000 (Researcher). At every level within the organization’s personnel structure, FrameWorks’ salaries are competitive with similar nonprofits of our size. FrameWorks values its staff and offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous medical insurance, vacation, and family leave benefits; retirement benefits and life insurance; optional pre-tax salary deductions for childcare, medical, and transportation expenses; options for occasional telework; and more.

To apply

Please submit the following materials to, using the subject header line Research Analyst/Researcher Summer 2021:

  • 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 your past experience, as well as where and how equity and social justice fit into your professional and/or academic experiences
  • Up to three writing samples – a mix of styles, genres, and audiences is a plus

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

FrameWorks Institute is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applications from BIPOC, women, persons with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQIA are strongly encouraged.

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