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Researcher/Senior Researcher

The Researcher or Senior Researcher will participate in research to understand the cultural mindsets that people use to understand social issues and to develop and test frames to shift thinking in ways that enable progressive change.
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This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C., with the possibility of remote work. The position can require up to 15% travel under standard circumstances. (Due to COVID-19, all research is being conducted virtually until at least summer of 2022.)

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 Senior Researcher (depending on qualifications)

The Researcher or Senior Researcher will participate in research to understand the cultural mindsets that people use to understand social issues and to develop and test frames to shift thinking in ways that enable progressive change. The Researcher/Senior Researcher will contribute to projects across issues but will focus on a specific issue area (e.g., health equity, economic justice, children and families). This includes working across all the methods of Strategic Frame Analysis, contributing to research reports and briefs, and presenting research findings and recommendations to partners, funders, and general audiences.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an early- to mid-career professional with experience in social science research and a commitment to social justice and progressive change. The ideal candidate will have background in research on framing, cultural mindsets, and/or narrative;

have experience working with partners and successfully 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. The position can require up to 15% travel under standard circumstances. (Due to COVID-19, all research is being conducted virtually until at least summer of 2022.)

Key responsibilities

  • Develop deep knowledge of Strategic Frame Analysis®, FrameWorks’ mixed-methods approach to generating and applying innovative communications strategies.
  • Contribute to research across methods, including cultural mindsets research and frame development and testing.
  • Conduct and analyze data from individual interviews and focus groups to understand mindsets and test the effects of frames, such as values and metaphors.
  • Contribute to the design and interpretation of cultural mindsets surveys and survey experiments that test the frame effects of values, metaphors, and other communications tools.
  • Analyze research findings to generate applied communications recommendations.
  • Write and present research findings in a variety of formats and styles suitable for different audiences.

Skills needed

  • Commitment to FrameWorks’ mission, including commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and ability to integrate these principles into daily work
  • Understanding of some of the theoretical underpinnings of FrameWorks’ research and approach (e.g., theories of culture, framing, narrative, metaphor, ideology, etc.)
  • Strong qualitative research skills and ability to analyze and interpret qualitative data, including the ability to look beneath the surface of patterns in talk
  • Experience with some form of quantitative research (especially experimental surveys) and ability to understand and interpret basic statistical analysis
  • Strong writing and presentation skills; ability to present to audiences without social science backgrounds
  • 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:

  • Minimum of 7 years of 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 5 of those years above the undergraduate level, for the Senior Researcher position; or 4 years of combined education and professional experience, with at least 2 of those years above the undergraduate level, for the Researcher position
  • Experience working in the fields of economic justice, health equity, and/or children and families is a plus
  • Experience in applied research settings, non-profit organizations, narrative change/communications, or other related fields (e.g., grassroots activism, market research, journalism)
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity
  • Experience working collaboratively on a diverse team

Salary: $80,000 for the Senior Researcher, depending on experience; $65,000 for the Researcher, depending on experience

To apply

Please submit the following materials to jobs@frameworksinstitute.org, using the subject header line Researcher/Senior Researcher 2022:

  • 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 range of audiences

Review of all applications will begin immediately and continue until the search process concludes. Please check FrameWorks’ website (www.frameworksinstitute.org) 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 www.frameworksinstitute.org.