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Researcher/Research Analyst

The Researcher or Research Analyst will assist with the quantitative efforts of FrameWorks’ research team to map existing cultural mindsets and test frames that can build support for progressive solutions to complex social problems.

Full job description

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: Researcher or Research Analyst (depending on qualifications)

The Researcher or Research Analyst will assist with the quantitative efforts of FrameWorks’ research team to map existing cultural mindsets and test frames that can build support for progressive solutions to complex social problems. The Researcher or Research Analyst will work across projects, contributing to quantitative research on issues including health equity, racial justice, and economic justice.

The Researcher or Research Analyst will primarily focus on the development of survey experiments and descriptive surveys. The position will also contribute to qualitative research, including conducting and analyzing interviews and focus groups, conduct literature reviews, and contribute to FrameWorks’ written research products.

The ideal candidate will have a social science research background and strong quantitative skills; 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. The position can require up to 10% travel under standard circumstances. (Due to COVID-19, all research is being conducted virtually until at least until the early part of 2022.)

Key responsibilities

  • Assist with the design, development, and interpretation of survey experiments that test the effects of values, metaphors, and other frames
  • Assist with the design, development, and interpretation of descriptive surveys to map cultural mindsets and their relationship to attitudes and support for policies
  • Collect and analyze data from individual interviews and focus groups
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • 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

  • Commitment to FrameWorks’ mission, including commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Strong quantitative research skills (e.g., survey sampling and/or experimental design)
  • Knowledge of descriptive and applied inferential statistics
  • Ability to contribute to qualitative research (e.g., interviewing/focus group moderation and/or qualitative analysis)
  • Outstanding critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • 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:

  • Education and/or professional experience in social science research in disciplines including anthropology, sociology, linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, political science, or communications. A minimum of 2 years is required for the Research Analyst position, and 4 years for the Researcher position, of which at least 2 years must be professional experience or education above the undergraduate level.
  • Experience with quantitative research methods (especially experimental surveys)
  • Experience conducting basic inferential statistics
  • Familiarity with qualitative research
  • Experience in applied research settings, non-profit organizations, narrative change/communications, or other related fields (e.g. grassroots activism, market research, journalism) is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity
  • Experience working collaboratively on a diverse team

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

$50,000, depending on experience, for Research Analyst

To apply

Please submit the following materials to, using the subject header line Researcher/Research Analyst 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 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, genres, and 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