Careers at PEJ
PEJ is a non-partisan, non-political research organization that analyzes the performance of the news media. It is part of the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C. and is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Senior Researcher Position Summary
The Senior Researcher works directly with the Director, Deputy Director and Associate Director in shaping the Project's research agenda and implementing research objectives. Senior Researchers must be able to work independently in developing, implementing and reporting on stand-alone or longer-term projects, as well as working in teams in a strongly collaborative environment.
This position in particular involves substantial knowledge and skill in statistics, survey and other methodologies and data analysis. It also involves substantial editorial judgment in the interpretation and description of survey findings. The Pew Research Center's reputation for straightforward explanation and assiduous impartiality is grounded in an editorial style and institutional voice that must be applied consistently by all senior writers. The voice of the Project and the Center is grounded in a set of principles, not in the style of individual authors or writers.
At the same time, Senior Researchers must work closely within the team environment, participating in all levels of the research process from the most mundane to the most challenging. The responsibilities include developing research ideas, exploring different methods for answering those research questions, data management and problem-solving, and the analysis and reporting of different research techniques, including survey methods. In all of these roles, Senior Researchers must combine analytical rigor, creativity, a tireless attention to detail and the highest standards of quality control.
The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism has a relatively "flat" hierarchy, so a Senior Researcher may or may not have any direct managerial responsibilities. However, candidates for this position must provide leadership to other team members with maturity, diplomacy and a cooperative spirit, and will play a lead role in training new staff and developing the skills of other co-workers. The Senior Researcher also demonstrates a clear understanding of the Center's strategic goals and the ability to carry out work in support of those goals independent of senior staff guidance. Senior Researchers also may regularly represent the Center externally, whether in the media, professional organizations, government or other forums.
Project Planning, Development and Management (42%)
Work side-by-side with the senior staff in developing, overseeing and managing research projects. For surveys, this includes questionnaire development, fieldhouse communications, and the assembly of material for reports, archiving and distribution.
Research, Analysis and Reporting (42%)
Work closely with the senior staff and other team members in interpreting data, making editorial judgments about priorities and writing reports. This includes statistical analysis, graphics production, and writing reports and commentaries based on survey results.
Training and Staff Development (11%)
The Senior Researcher works closely with all staff members, and seeks opportunities to develop technical, editorial and research skills among both junior and senior staff.
External Communications (5%)
The Senior Researcher handles requests for information from reporters and other interested parties. Depending on their personal preferences and abilities, Senior Researchers also may regularly represent the Center externally, whether in the media, professional organizations, government or other forums.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
Applicant should send a complete resume and cover letter (indicating where you learned of the opening) to:
Ms. April McWilliams
Responses can also be faxed to 202-419-4339 or e-mailed to email@example.com.
We are an equal opportunity employer.