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Research Associate

Website INN Institute for Nonprofit News

The Institute for Nonprofit News strengthens and supports more than 400 independent news organizations in a new kind of news network: nonprofit, nonpartisan and dedicated to public service.

About the Job

The Research Associate collects information across 400+ nonprofit news organizations and produces actionable insights for nonprofit news outlets, journalism industry organizations, and philanthropists. By maintaining and synthesizing our robust warehouse of revenue, audience, staffing and DEI data, the RA will help INN address critical questions about public interest journalism. 

We’re looking for a systems-thinker who is great at managing and synthesizing data, finding the story in a dataset, and who is passionate about translating data and trends into usable knowledge for the industry. 

About INN

The Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) strengthens and supports more than 400 independent news organizations in a new kind of news network: nonprofit, nonpartisan, and dedicated to public service. From local news to in-depth reporting on pressing global issues, INN’s members tell stories that otherwise would go untold — connecting communities, holding the powerful accountable, and strengthening democracy. 

At INN, the Research team leverages quantitative and qualitative revenue, staffing and audience data on our 400+ member outlets in order to produce knowledge, publications and tools to advance the nonprofit news sector. 

Learn more about our work at inn.org.

Key Responsibilities

Data analysis and data management 

  • Collects and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data. Conducts and synthesizes research interviews, calculating means, medians and ranges, segmenting data, and calculating relationships across datasets. 
  • Identifies trends and patterns in our data, looking for opportunities to fill a knowledge gap. 
  • Builds and maintains spreadsheets, slide decks and other digital knowledge centers to organize data and information for internal INN staff, nonprofit news outlets, philanthropists and industry partners. 
  • Cleans and imports spreadsheet data into Looker or Google Data Studio database; helps the INN team monitor database for bugs or edits as needed. (Note: it’s ok if you’re not super familiar with Google Data Studio – as long as you’re willing to learn!) 

Build Engagement around INN Knowledge 

  • Helps INN staff, nonprofit news outlets, philanthropists and industry funders learn, track and better understand emerging trends in nonprofit media by writing both internal memos and drafts of external reports. 
  • Helps the research director organize and host events and webinars sharing key research findings with a variety of audiences.
  • Reviews benchmarking data from the Index survey with cohorts of news outlets, and synthesize followup actions and capacity-building needs.
  • Fulfills requests for unique slices of INN’s data, including coordinating data consent requests.  Internally liaises with Communications, Development, Membership and other teams to anticipate presentation and conference needs and provide data sets to support their work.
  • Fields questions around INN research to help news leaders draw insights and action steps and help funders and field-builders apply the data in analyzing and supporting growth of nonprofit news.

Research Project Management & Support 

  • Tracks and project-manages INN research projects and data requests via Asana and coordinates staff and contractor assignments and deadlines
  • Helps draft RFP, SOWs and MOUs for our network of contract researchers and freelancers. Helps the Research Director onboard contractors into various INN systems.  

Qualifications

We’re looking for someone who fits the description below.

  • Data-wrangler: You know how to structure and manage datasets to find usable information, and you’re familiar with basic data analysis tools, including Excel and Google Sheets. You know when and how to use a pivot table. You’re able to quickly think through the data we’d need to answer certain questions, like which types of nonprofit news outlets grew contributions from small dollar donors from 2018 through 2022, and why.  
  • Pattern recognizer: You see and can synthesize the meaning in data trends, patterns and  correlations, and summarize them for different audiences. 
  • Communicator & presenter: You have excellent written and verbal communication skills and can craft a presentation outline, email or blog post with a particular audience in mind. You know how to use data to tell a story. You’re able to write for both a more formal research report, and a more informal Medium blog post. 
  • Structural thinker: You take a systematic and logical approach to problem-solving. 
  • Visualizer: You have a familiarity with creating and using graphs, infographics and other methods to visualize data and tell a story. (You don’t have to be a graphic designer, but you should be able to use tools like Canva to create visualizations for data including bar, pie and line charts). 
  • Organized project leader and tracker: You can track tasks for the research team across multiple, ongoing projects with shifting priorities. You’re an organized person who knows when to follow-up. You’re self-motivated and able to set priorities and track progress toward key goals.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate: You know about the key challenges of the journalism and media landscape, and you might have some experience working in or with public interest news organizations. You’re passionate about the local news and information needs crisis, and have an awareness of the services INN’s growing membership provides for its communities. 
  • 3+ years of relevant work experience. Self-directed with strong prioritization and time management skills,  and the ability to build productive relationships with a fully remote and distributed team.

Even if you don’t tick every box on the job description, consider where you’re interested in growing your skills and what unique value you would bring to this role. Please use your brief cover letter to tell us how your own strengths and experiences would make you successful in this role.

Questions on the position? Not sure if you should apply? Schedule a 15 minute Zoom with Emily Roseman, INN’s Research Director, to learn more. 

Pay and Benefits 

The salary range for this position is between $70,000 – $80,000, depending on experience. INN’s benefits package includes employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance; employer-paid short-term disability insurance; and a 401K retirement plan with an employer contribution. INN staff get six (6) sick days per year, nine (9) fixed holidays and three (3) floating holiday/personal days per year, and 10 vacation days per year for the first two years (increasing to 15 days after three years). 

This position is fully remote. INN offers support for a home-office set-up upon hiring and a monthly internet reimbursement. Preference will be given to candidates working within the ET, CT, MT or PT time zones. This job may involve limited U.S. travel post-COVID.

How to apply

To apply for this role, submit a resume and brief cover letter via this form by Thursday, January 12th at 9:00am ET. Questions can be submitted to emily.r@inn.org, but all applications must be submitted via the form. We are looking for someone to fill this position starting in February 2023. 

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