Research Associate, Race & Ethnicity (1-Year Term)

Pew Research Center Washington , DC 20319

Posted 2 months ago

Organization Overview

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of race and ethnicity; U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; science and society; religion and public life; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Center's work is carried out by a staff of about 170.

Position Summary

The Center is seeking a Research Associate with experience in designing, managing and executing focus groups and/or other qualitative methods in studying the experiences of Asian Americans and other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. The Research Associate will serve as the research and project manager for a large-scale qualitative research project involving a series of focus groups exploring the immigration experience, economic mobility, and identity of Asian Americans to be fielded this summer 2021. The position will contribute to identifying key research questions, designing appropriate research strategies, conducting qualitative analysis, preparing findings of that analysis for consumption by the media and general public, and reviewing pertinent literature. The Research Associate is also expected to manage key project stakeholders, including a project advisory group, coordinate the coding and analysis of focus group transcripts/videos, and help with the writing of reports.

This position reports to the Associate Director of Race and Ethnicity research.

This is a term-limited position expected to extend 12 months.

Primary Responsibilities

  • (60%) Oversee the development, management and execution of original focus group content on Asian Americans. The Research Associate will be involved in all aspects of the focus group research process, including designing and drafting the focus group moderator guide, managing relationships with the focus group vendor(s), work with the vendor(s) to ensure participant recruitment is happening as planned, develop the moderator training plan together with the vendor(s), coordinate meetings with external project advisors, observe the focus groups, develop a plan for coding of focus group transcripts, coordinate the coding and analysis of focus group content with other team members. The Research Associate works to ensure various forms of data consistently meet Pew Research Center quality standards. Experience with quantitative research methods and secondary data analysis at the national, state and other levels is desirable, but not required.
  • (40%) Write, review, and prepare materials for reports and presentations, including preparation of memos, tables and graphs based on findings; manage the number checking process for reports and commentaries. Consistently exercise sound editorial judgement -- in line with the Center's style and voice - when reporting findings.


  • BA required, advanced degree preferred

  • 5-9 years of research experience, with at least 3-5 years of specialized research and analysis experience expected.

  • Subject matter expertise related to Asian Americans and/or U.S. immigrants and other racial and ethnic groups.

  • Proven ability to independently manage large scale qualitative research projects, particularly of focus groups.

  • Proven ability to understand research involving qualitative data is crucial, including the use of computer assisted qualitative data management software such as NVivo, ATLAS.ti or other program.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Strong qualitative research skills, including an ability to organize and analyze large amounts of qualitative data.

  • Experience with conducting focus groups.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • Ability to balance numerous projects simultaneously

  • Strong project management skills

  • Attention to detail, including extracting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products.

  • Ability to work in a team setting

FLSA Status: Exempt


  • This position will, temporarily, be fully remote and will require a functioning Internet connection. Equipment to complete the work will be mailed to candidates and will need to be returned at the end of the position. At a later date, TBD, this position may be required to return/relocate to our office in Washington, D.C.

  • Although this position will work remotely, Pew Research Center can only employ candidates in the following states- California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont.

Application Procedure

Applicant should use the link above to apply online. Please include a resume and cover letter indicating where you learned of the opening.

Pew Research Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Research Associate, Race & Ethnicity (1-Year Term)

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