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Position Title: Doctoral Fellowship (for dissertation writers)

Institution: MDRC

Department: PRED

Phone: 2123407615

Address16 East 34 Street, 19th floor New York, NY 10016

Job Description: FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS | APPLICATIONS DUE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Description As part of its Gueron Fund Minority Scholars Program, MDRC will offer one doctoral fellowship in summer and/or fall 2017 to a Ph.D. candidate who is pursuing independent, self-directed research on economic and social problems affecting low-income Americans. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for graduate students to gain exposure to social policy research, understand employment options beyond the academic and public sectors, and get the advice and support of MDRC’s staff in completing their dissertations. The Gueron Fund Minority Scholars program seeks to engage and encourage individuals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the social policy research community. Dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income families, MDRC has created this special financial assistance program for students enrolled in doctoral programs in economics, psychology, sociology, child development, child welfare, family relations, criminal justice, education, public policy, or related fields. The fellow could work in either MDRC’s Oakland, CA, or New York City offices. The fellowship is expected to begin in early summer and last through August, though there is some flexibility in the timing. The recipient will work on his or her doctoral dissertation on topics of mutual interest — and will participate in the intellectual life of MDRC by attending seminars and project meetings and by working with key MDRC research staff. Our project work is conducted in five policy areas: Family Well-Being and Child Development, K-12 Education, Young Adults and Postsecondary Education, Low-Wage Workers and Communities, and Health and Barriers to Employment. A stipend and office space will be provided to the fellow. Specifics Who: Any student enrolled in a doctoral program in economics, psychology, sociology, child development, child welfare, family relations, criminal justice, education, public policy, or related fields who has had a dissertation proposal or prospectus approved by his or her academic department. Why: To pursue independent dissertation research on a policy issue related to low-income individuals, families, and communities while sharing in the intellectual life of MDRC. How Much: The fellowship includes a stipend of up to $5,000. Deadline: Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, May 2, 2017. To Apply: Using the on-line application, please submit: A résumé, including work and academic experience. A proposal (up to 2,000 words) that discusses the rationale for the research project you plan to pursue. Include a statement of the research question, the data you will be using, the analytic approach you are taking, its relevance to social policy, and the steps needed to complete the project. Please submit the following directly to MDRC’s Human Resources Department (contact information below): A copy of your graduate school transcript(s). Two letters of recommendation, including one from a sponsoring faculty member. Genevieve Williams, Human Resources Associate Human Resources Department MDRC 16 East 34th Street, 19th Floor New York, NY 10016 Attn: Doctoral Fellowship Program Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. Candidates are expected to secure their own housing. For more information click here. MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.

Run Date: 04/17/2017-15/17/2017
Posted Date: 04/17/2017

Position Title: Program Operations Internship (for master's level students)

Institution: MDRC

Department: PRED

Phone: 2123407615

Address: 16 East 34 Street, 19th floor New York, NY 10016

Job Description: FOR MASTER'S LEVEL STUDENTS | APPLICATIONS DUE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Are you a master’s level student with a strong interest in learning how social welfare programs are improving the lives of vulnerable populations? Are you curious about how evaluation studies can inform public policy? Do you have experience running, managing, or working on programs operated by public or nonprofit agencies serving disadvantaged populations? Are you interested in learning more about what social policy research organizations do? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be an ideal candidate for the part-time, paid Program Operations Internship at MDRC. An internship at MDRC is an ideal way to gain hands-on experience with one of the nation’s premier social policy research firms. This internship is designed to expose master’s-level graduate students to the field of social policy research — particularly students from groups who are traditionally underrepresented in the social policy research community. The benefits of the internship are many: working directly with experts who understand how programs operate, learning how evaluators apply research methods to answer important policy questions, and catapulting one’s career in this exciting field of policy research. In the Summer of 2017, as part of its Gueron Fund Minority Scholars program, MDRC will be offering a paid internship targeting master’s degree students who are interested in working on developing and implementing demonstrations and evaluations of programs designed to improve the well-being of low-income people — including out-of-school and out-of-work young people and adults, those coming out of the criminal justice system, and those in education settings, from pre-k to college. The goal of the internship is to provide opportunities for graduate students to gain exposure to social policy research, gain insight into employment options beyond the academic and public sectors, and get the advice and support of MDRC’s staff. The position in MDRC’s New York City office is expected to begin as early as June 12th, 2017, and last through mid-August, although there is some flexibility in the timing. The recipient will work closely with senior-level staff with expertise in program design, program assessment, evaluation start-up, and technical assistance on program implementation. At MDRC, this important function is referred to as “operations” work; operations staff work closely with program sites and MDRC researchers to ensure the organizations participating in our evaluations have strong programs. The intern will also participate in the intellectual life of MDRC by attending seminars and project meetings. This will be a paid internship with a 10- to 15-hour work week. Note that this position may require some travel. Specifics Who: Any student enrolled in a master’s program in public policy, public administration, psychology, sociology, child development, child welfare, family relations, criminal justice, education, or related fields who is interested in learning more about how MDRC designs and conducts social science research. In addition to academic experience, MDRC operations staff often have backgrounds in service delivery and management within government agencies or nonprofit organizations; having such experience will also be a consideration in the selection process. Why: To obtain “hands-on” experience in developing and implementing real-world studies of programs while sharing in the intellectual life of MDRC. Timing: Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017. How to Apply: Please submit the following documents via our on-line application tracking system (below): Résumé, including work and academic experience. A cover letter/personal statement (no more than 750 words) that discusses (1) your interest in policy research, (2) your career interests and goals, and (3) how this internship, coupled with your academic pursuits and prior experience, will contribute to your personal and professional growth. Please submit directly to MDRC’s Human Resources Department (contact information below): A copy of your graduate school transcript(s). Two letters of recommendation, including one from a sponsoring faculty member. Genevieve Williams, HR Associate Human Resources Department MDRC 16 East 34th Street, 19th Floor New York, NY 10016 Attn: Program Operations Internship Note that only applicants who have submitted all the required documentation listed above will be considered for this opportunity and that only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required. For more information click here

Run Date: 04/17/2017-05/17/2017
Posted Date: 04/17/2017

Position Title:Editor of Social Currents

Job Description: Social Currents is seeking a new editor or editorial team to begin a three year term that will run from January 1, 2019-December 31, 2022, with the transition between editorial offices beginning summer 2018. Social Currents is the official journal of the Southern Sociological Society and publishes six issues a year. The journal is a broad-ranging social science journal that focuses on cutting-edge research from all methodological and theoretical orientations with implications for national and international sociological communities. The uniqueness of Social Currents lies in its format. The front end of every issue is devoted to short, theoretical, agenda-setting contributions and brief, empirical and policy-related pieces. The back end of every issue includes standard journal articles that cover topics within specific subfields of sociology, as well as across the social sciences more broadly. Currently the journal accepts about 15% of its submissions and receives approximately 225-250 submissions per year.

Candidates for the editorship must be members of the Southern Sociological Society and must be tenured professors in an academic institution or hold an equivalent role in a non-academic setting. We welcome proposals from sole editors or teams. Editors should have an outstanding record of scholarship; offer a vision for the journal’s future as well as an understanding of its unique format; possess a familiarity with diverse methodological approaches; and provide evidence of strong organizational skills. Candidates with previous editorial experience are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications should be no more than five pages and should include: (a) a vision statement that describes the journal’s strengths, challenges, and the editorial team’s plans to maintain and ideally raise the journal’s standing, (b) detailed information about the editorial team, including a summary of their skills and qualifications for the position; philosophy for establishing the editorial board; the team’s ability to offer guidance and support to authors submitting manuscripts; and how they plan to manage serving as editor with their institutional responsibilities (e.g., course releases, potential deputy and managing editors), and (c) a very precise description of how the office will function, e.g., who will be responsible for selecting reviewers, how to ensure that authors receive decisions in a prompt and timely fashion. Applications that propose co-editors at different institutions should specifically address how editorial tasks will be divided between editors and institutions and in which institution(s) the editorial staff will be located.

The publications committee will begin reviewing applications starting June 1, 2017. We will offer a recommendation to the Executive Committee by October 15, 2017. Please send completed applications to Adia Harvey Wingfield at .

Run Date: 04/12/2017-06/01/2017
Post Date: 04/12/2017

Position Title: Research and Editorial Director

Institution: Political Research Associates

Contact Name: Shayna Parker

Contact E-mail:

Phone: 6176665300

Address1310 Broadway Suite 201 Somerville, MA 02144

Job Description: RESEARCH AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Political Research Associates is an independent progressive think tank in the Boston area that analyzes the US Right for social justice change makers. PRA is a critical resource for information and insights about the Right that enables advocates to better strategize about how to counter their organized opponents. We seek a seasoned editorial and research leader to manage our research program and publications, including PRA’s flagship quarterly, The Public Eye, special reports, and our Eyes Right blog. Assisted by a full-time Program Coordinator, the Research and Editorial Director (RED) manages the work of staff researchers, research fellows, and freelance contributors who produce long-form articles, 2 to 4 special reports a year, and regular blog posts. The RED reports to and works closely with the Executive Director, and serves as a member of PRA’s management team, alongside the communications and finance directors. PRA may be best known for our work to counteract the Christian Right and theocratic movements, both domestically and abroad. Our core research program addresses a broad spectrum of the U.S. Right—from neonazis to neoliberals—and is organized around the themes of racial/immigrant, gender (including reproductive and LGBTQ), and economic justice, as well as civil liberties. PRA is known and respected for its research rigor, level-headed analysis, and deep commitment to social justice across multiple issues and constituencies. The Research and Editorial Director should have experience in research, editing, and journalism; a comfort working with scholars, writers, and activists; analytical sophistication; and a solid understanding of the U.S. Right. Experience working in social justice nonprofits is advantageous. PRIMARY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: Research Program ● Manage PRA’s research program, including supervising program staff and freelance investigators, facilitating regular team meetings, and guiding investigations and publications through all stages of work; ● Supervise and support the skill and intellectual development of research team members, including fellows; and ● If desired, assume lead research and writing role for one or more core areas of our research program. Editorial Work ● Generate high-quality research products for publication in various PRA vehicles, including our peer-reviewed quarterly, The Public Eye, special reports, and www.politicalresearch.org; ● Assign/commission and edit feature articles (~2/mo.), blogs (2-3 week), and special reports (2-4/yr.) for online and print, working directly with authors (staff, fellows, and freelancers), as well as an editorial team including a Program Coordinator and Communications Director; ● Supervise fact-checking, copyediting, and layout and proofing of print magazine, and create a plan to refine its business/subscriber model; and ● Convene PRA's editorial board, including: setting editorial direction, generating story and writer ideas, evaluating published works, and recruiting members. Public and Constituency Relations ● Serve as one of PRA’s media spokespeople; and ● Liaise with organizational partners. Other ● Participate as needed in fundraising efforts, including generating copy for foundation proposals/reports. QUALIFICATIONS: PRA IS A RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. PEOPLE OF COLOR, LGBTQ PERSONS, AND WOMEN ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Political Research Associates is committed to hiring someone with the right mix of experience (both traditional and nontraditional), political commitment, and potential to grow with us. We strongly encourage people from communities most negatively affected by right-wing ideologies & campaigns to apply, particularly: people of color; immigrants; women and feminine-identified people; lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and Two-Spirit people; genderqueer, trans, and gender non-conforming people. Qualifications for this position include: ● Substantial applied experience in research, editing, journalism/publishing; ● Excellent research, writing, editing, and verbal communications skills; ● Commitment to the vision, mission, and values of PRA; ● Significant administration and staff management/supervision/development experience, including with freelance/contract writers and investigators; ● Solid understanding of the U.S. Political Right; ● Fluency in qualitative research methodologies and investigative journalism techniques; ● Program development experience; ● Familiarity with the social justice organizing/advocacy landscapes in relation to PRA’s fields of work; ● Experience working in a multi-cultural environment with a demonstrated institutional commitment to diversity and justice with respect to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national/ethnic origin, religion, physical ability, age, etc.; ● Graduate degree in social science (Sociology, Politics, Women’s Studies, etc.) a plus; ● Fluency in Spanish and other non-English languages relevant to PRA’s constituencies and research priorities also a plus; ● A sense of humor. This is a full-time, senior staff position based at PRA’s Somerville, Massachusetts office and a dream job for the right person. Salary on social justice nonprofit scale, commensurate with skills and experience. Generous compensation package includes full medical & dental, retirement, fabulous colleagues, and a collaborative working environment.

Run Date: 3/24/2017-05/24/2014
Post Date: 03/24/2017

Position Title: Lerner Professorship of Public Health Policy

Institution: SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Address: Syracuse, New York, United States, 13244

Job Description: The Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs invites applications for the endowed Lerner Professorship of Public Health Policy. The Lerner Professor will be an individual with a record of excellence in academic scholarship with an emphasis on public health and health policy, including, but not limited to, topical areas such as behavioral health, nutrition, public health promotion, the evaluation of large-scale health policies targeting vulnerable populations, and community-based public health. The holder will provide leadership in research, teaching and the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will complement the broader Maxwell mission of interdisciplinary research and collaboration. The Lerner Professor will also play a pivotal role in the guidance and continuing development of the activities of the endowed Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion sponsors community-based public health initiatives including the Healthy Monday Campaign and the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, supported by the New York State Health Foundation. The Center also participates in the development of a needs assessment for the health department and hospitals in Onondaga County. See http://lernercenter.syr.edu for more details. The Lerner Professor will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in topics related to public health and/or health policy. Some of this coursework may have a practical component that provides students with hands-on experience in putting public health promotion into practice around the Syracuse community, in conjunction with the mission of the Lerner Center. Job Specific Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned doctorate with a public health and/or health policy focus in a social science or behavioral science field. The successful candidate will have a tenure home in one of the social science departments within the Maxwell School (https://www.maxwell.syr.edu) and have a proven track record of grant activity. The Lerner Chair should have achieved the rank of associate or full professor or have a commensurate publication record. Applicants interested in public intellectual activities (e.g., public lectures or writing opinion pieces) will be given priority. To apply, complete an online application at www.SUjobopps.com (Job # 073023) and attach a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing interest in and qualifications for the Lerner Professorship. Applicants who are selected for interviews will be asked for the names of three references at a later date. All applications received by February 10, 2017 will receive full consideration. SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private international research university dedicated to advancing knowledge and promoting student success through teaching excellence, rigorous scholarship, and interdisciplinary research. Syracuse has a full-time faculty of about 1,100, who teach in 11 academic schools and colleges encompassing both the liberal arts and professional studies. Students enjoy the resources of a beautiful 270-acre main campus and immersion learning sites across the nation and around the world. It has a full-time undergraduate and graduate student enrollment of about 20,000, and students typically represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Syracuse University combines an unrelenting commitment to academic excellence and scholarship with a vision of the University as a public good, an anchor institution positioned for an integral role in today's knowledge-based global society. The city of Syracuse offers a rich array of arts and cultural amenities, including museums, an opera company, a nationally recognized equity theater, professional orchestra, and a historic shopping district lined with boutiques, restaurants, coffee houses, and artisan shops. THE MAXWELL SCHOOL The Maxwell School is home to seven social science departments as well as undergraduate and graduate programs in public affairs and international relations. Maxwell has approximately 2,800 social science majors and graduate students. Programs Although the Maxwell School was founded primarily as a graduate school, it has from the outset assumed substantial undergraduate teaching responsibilities: the School was originally charged with teaching “citizenship” to undergraduates and now provides the social science components of the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. The Maxwell School provides its students professional activities in the context of academic disciplines: Public Administration and International Affairs is one among eight Ph.D.-granting departments spanning the range of the social sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, interdisciplinary Social Science, and Sociology). Maxwell's strength derives in large part from the unmatched variety of educational missions that co-exist within the School. Maxwell offers MA and PhD programs in the social sciences, plus an innovative Social Science PhD program for students with unique, cross-disciplinary interests. Professional programs in public administration and international relations are offered at the graduate level. Maxwell departments also grant BA degrees in anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, political science, and sociology, and in the policy- and skills-oriented public affairs program. In addition to its degree-granting programs, the Maxwell School contains two institutes, the Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, which serve as vehicles for the integration of School-wide activities in the areas of governance and citizenship in domestic and international affairs, respectively. The Maxwell School includes seven internationally-known multi-disciplinary research and graduate training institutes: the Center for Policy Research; the Aging Studies Institute; the Lerner Center for Health Promotion; the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration; the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration; the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism; and the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media, the last two of which are shared initiatives with other schools on campus. Apply Here: http://www.Click2Apply.net/yth9x2s6zm

Run Date: 12/21/2016-5/21/2017
Posted Date: 12/21/2016