Research Analyst (Survey Researcher)

New York, NY
Full Time
Mid Level

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, end mass incarceration, strengthen checks and balances, and preserve constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.   

The Brennan Center is seeking a talented Research Analyst to conduct research with Brennan Center program project teams and as part of the Research Department.   

Position:  
The Brennan Center seeks a Research Analyst with substantial expertise in survey research to join our Research Department. The Research Analyst will work with colleagues across Brennan Center programs and departments, and with external partners, on a wide range of research projects, and have a particular responsibility for contributing to the design, implementation, analysis and communication of survey research on democracy and justice. 


Reporting to the Director of Research, the Research Analyst will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across all Brennan Center programs and departments. 

Note: The Brennan Center operates on a hybrid schedule, with employees currently required to work in the office a minimum of three days per week. The schedule and number of in-office required days is subject to change. This position is based at our headquarters in New York City. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Design and conduct a wide range of survey research projects. 

  • Collaborate with researchers and staff across all Brennan Center programs and departments to better leverage survey research in the pursuit of our mission. 

  • Collaborate with external partners on survey research related democracy and justice. 

  • Apply knowledge of research methods to inform the collection and cleaning of data. 

  • Conduct empirical research and data analysis for Brennan Center policy and legal advocacy efforts and public communication efforts. 

  • Draft and edit writeups of research output, including reports, academic journal articles, and other public communications as needed. 

  • Create data visualizations.  

  • Critically evaluate research and communicate the strengths and weaknesses of research to diverse audiences. 

  • Develop and maintain a high level of practical expertise on best practices for survey research on democracy and justice. 

  • Develop and maintain a high level of knowledge of substantive scholarship on democracy and justice. 

  • Provide mentorship for junior research staff in areas of expertise as appropriate. 


Qualifications: 
The ideal candidate will offer some combination of the following experiences and qualifications. We recognize that many excellent candidates may not have all these experiences and qualifications and we will provide support for the successful candidate to acquire additional skills. We hope that you will apply as long as you believe you could contribute to our organization and our work.  

  • A master’s degree and at least two years of survey research experience.  

  • Experience with survey design, implementation, and statistical analysis of survey data. 

  • Experience with both academic survey research (including pre-registering survey research designs and working with IRBs) and political, marketing or communications survey research. 

  • Familiarity with the design, implementation, and analysis of survey experiments and/or A/B tests. 

  • Strong fluency with data science techniques, and advanced experience using R, Stata, or another comparable data analysis program. Substantial experience in dataset management. 

  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy in all work, with proven ability to plan for and demonstrate peer review and other techniques for bulletproofing findings. 

  • Understanding of how to engage in research through a racial equity approach and experience conducting surveys with hard-to-reach and/or underrepresented populations using racially equitable and culturally relevant methods preferred.  

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders in designing and implementing research and to communicate technical research findings to broad audiences. 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including proven ability to work effectively within teams, and to work collaboratively with editors, other staff, and outside peer reviewers. 

  • Commitment to the mission and values of the Brennan Center. 


The Brennan Center is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace. We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true self and feel a strong sense of belonging. As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.   

Applications:   
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. To apply, please visit: >>THIS LINK<<, apply online, and upload your (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) contact information for three supervisor references. In your cover letter, briefly describe any experience you have doing survey research with hard-to-reach and/or under-represented populations.  

If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by email to: [email protected] with “Research Analyst (Survey Researcher)” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.   

Compensation and Benefits:    
The salary range assigned for this position is $80,000-$98,000.  We determine our salary ranges based on market competitiveness and internal equity for each job. The salary offered a selected candidate will be contingent upon the candidate’s experience, qualifications and internal equity considerations. Additionally, we offer a very robust and competitive array of benefits such as a generous time off program, 401k plan, comprehensive health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), and wellness and office perks.     

In addition, this position is part of a bargaining unit represented by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW local 2320.      

Note: The Brennan Center is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors.  As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including having a booster, or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.   

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Welcomes applicants with disabilities and applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic identities, sexual orientations, and national origin or citizenship, including people who have been previously incarcerated;
  • Hires diverse candidates and works to improve our recruitment practices to allow for such
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and
  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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