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. 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 core administrative and publishing unit and seven research projects that study 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.
The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is an independent, non-partisan public opinion research organization that studies American attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues. In this role it serves as a valuable information resource for political leaders, journalists, scholars and citizens. The project conducts regular weekly and monthly polls on politics and major policy issues in the United States. In addition, the Center periodically fields major surveys on the news media and social issues.
The primary responsibilities will be fact-checking and proof-reading, creating charts, tables, and slides, organizing relevant polling data, and performing research and analysis as required. Of foremost importance is ensuring that data analysis and reporting meet the highest standards of accuracy and impartiality. Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in political science, sociology or related fields and a demonstrated interest in American politics. This position reports to the Director of Political Research and works closely with other researchers on staff.
- Number checking, fact checking, proofing
- Creating tables and charts in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Building and checking toplines
- Locating and organizing domestic polling data for review
- Loading reports to CMS, basic website maintenance
- Performing background research on issues and policies
- Data cleaning, maintaining and reviewing internal files and databases
- Assisting with basic statistical analysis and research.
- Assisting with questionnaire development, quality control.
- B.A. degree is required, with concentration in political science, sociology or related field
- Strong quantitative skills, background in data management and analysis preferred.
- Experience with statistical software, such as SPSS and Stata.
- Background in Social Science research
Knowledge & Skills Requirements
- Interest in American politics and polling required
- A “numbers person” with quantitative and statistical skills
- Strong verbal and written communications skills
- Proven facility with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Knowledge of how to display data in easy-to-understand ways in tables and charts in both Excel and Word
- Detail oriented and ability to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products
- Ability to work well in a team setting
- Demonstrated ability to work accurately on deadline
- Ability to balance numerous projects and understand priorities
- Ability to synthesize materials for senior staff
Applicant should send a résumé, cover letter (indicating where you learned of the opening) with salary expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.