Research and Data Coordinator

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 07-17-2018
Research and Data Coordinator
The Case Foundation, created by Jean and Steve Case in 1997, invests in people and ideas that can change the world. We create programs and invest in people and organizations that embrace the Be Fearless principles and harness the best impulses of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to drive exponential impact. In particular, we focus on catalyzing movements and collaborating with partners who are changemakers with ideas that have transformative potential and can lead us to uncover new, more impactful ways of addressing chronic social challenges. At the present time, we are driving at two major movements—impact investing and inclusive entrepreneurship. Within both movements we see boundless potential to get all oars in the water to help solve our most pressing social problems.
The Foundation’s communications and marketing team is seeking a research and data coordinator to support the team’s work on behalf of the Foundation and the CEO. Ideal candidates are driven, self-starters with a keen interest in researching varied topics and maintaining and identifying key data sets to inform Foundation initiatives. The ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly, move from topic to topic quickly, work well within small teams and have a passion for identifying the most compelling data for a specific task are key assets for this position. Candidates must possess strong writing and presentation skills, be self sufficient and thorough, have experience in both researching new topics and maintaining data from a variety of sources as well as distilling findings and trends so they are accessible to a wider audience. Experience in media, a PR agency, NGO, association or non-profit is desirable.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Monitor and conduct hands-on research to identify new trends and information and work closely with the executive team to inform Foundation thinking and to support the Foundation’s CEO.
  • Work across all of the Foundation’s teams to support use and maintence of data and present research and data findings, with a particular eye on integrating the most compelling data into the decisionmaking related to programs, movements, communications and policy.
  • Conduct one-off research projects as needed on key topic areas that are associated with present or potential future Foundation initiatives.
  • Contribute in team discussions and brainstorms to help generate creative and innovative ideas.
  • Use publicly available data sources to create Foundation-original research reports for publication and to support other Foundation generated presentations and publications.
The Research and Data Coordinator should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
  • Passion for research and distilling learnings on complex subjects for presenting key themes and issues from that research to internal audiences.
  • Significant experience in maintenance and development of databases and lists.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the confidence and enthusiasm to present to internal project teams in both formal and informal settings.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy in original research.
  • Self-motivated with a flexible and enthusiastic approach to work, including the humility and grace to work effectively both individually and with others in a collaborative, fast-paced environment, a "can do" attitude.
  • An eye towards opportunity; savvy around cultural and news events and happenings.
Education/Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience.
  • Research and/or data analysis experience in a PR or media environment is a plus.
  • Interest in social innovation with knowledge and/or interest in acquiring knowledge in field, including philanthropy, entrepreneurship, nonprofit organizations, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, etc.
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