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The Institute invites applicants for a Research Assistant. The Institute is a 501c3 applied social science research and economic consulting entity formed as a collaborative of 13 higher education institutions and the business community to provide community based research and proprietary research to public, private, and non-profit clients.
Job Summary
This position contributes to the design and delivery of research projects and collaborates with researchers to develop, execute, and interpret research projects. Performs complex data collection, analytics, synthesis, and the development of actionable strategies. 
  • Collaborate with Principal Investigator and researchers to develop objectives and design of research projects and proposals.
  • Formulate and conduct research studies and analyses. Performs complex data collection and study methods. Analyze and evaluate research results and synthesize multiple datasets into actionable strategies for stakeholders.
  • Bring subject matter expertise in one or more areas of The Institute’s research
  • Experiential knowledge of public policy
  • Replicate, refine and add new research approaches based on project needs. Test, customize and implement new methods and procedures.
  • Develop and write advanced, comprehensive protocols.
  • Monitor project developments on an ongoing basis. Propose and implement changes as needed.
  • Contribute material, prepare results, and assist in the writing of research findings for publications, papers, presentations, grants, and other documents for publication.
  • Assist principal investigator in grant and manuscript submission.
Skills, Experience, and Education
Impeccable verbal and written skills are required.
A Bachelor's Degree in Business, Political Science, Sociology, Public Administration, or Urban Studies, or a related field is required. Master’s degree is helpful but not required. The ideal candidate will have some prior experience in multiple methodologies of primary and/or secondary data collection, analysis, and report preparation.
The applicant must be proficient in Internet research, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and publishing software. Working knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS), relational database management, and/or economic modeling or forecasting helpful but not required.
The ideal candidate has one year of research experience. Any experience as a community experience such as participation a non-profit board, participation in a leadership program, or volunteering with an established community organization is desirable, but not required.
Work requires continual attention to detail in composing, typing, and proofing materials, establishing priorities, and meeting deadlines. The incumbent performs other related duties and participates in special projects and community outreach activities as assigned.
The position is hybrid: primarily remote with some in-person work to rotate between the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, PA offices.
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The Institute is constantly seeking to become a more diverse community and to enhance its capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. The Institute strongly encourages applications from persons with diverse backgrounds. As with all non-profits, employment is contingent upon ongoing funding.