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 currently conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center’s work is carried out by a staff of approximately 130 based in Washington, DC.

Position Description

Pew Research Center is looking for a Director to lead the creation of the Pew Research Center Labs. The Labs are envisioned as an integral, and integrated, part of the Center that will provide researchers the intellectual and analytical expertise and support needed to experiment with new data sets and seek out new research methods and opportunities that complement and expand our traditional research agenda. The Director will have the ability to recruit several dedicated Labs staff members from internal and external sources, and the Labs’ structure will include opportunities for existing staff to develop new skills and pursue new ideas.  Over time, methods and practices developed in Labs should become part of the Center’s core work. The Labs Director will serve as an ambassador to the Center’s constituencies – including the general public, journalists, public officials, and academia– by interpreting, explaining and demonstrating the value and potential of the expanding world of big data.

The longer term goal is to expand both the range of questions the Pew Research Center asks and the tools available to provide answers, while maintaining the Center’s reputation as an honest and trusted source of neutral information through transparency, nonpartisanship and methodological clarity.



Knowledge and Skill Requirements

Application Procedure

Applicants should send a résumé, cover letter (indicating where you learned of the opening) with salary expectations to Responses can also be mailed to:

Human Resources Department
Pew Research Center
1615 L Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

We are an equal opportunity employer.