Social Science Postdoctoral Fellow, National Humanities Alliance Foundation

Washington D.C.
Dec 18, 2017
Social Science Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Outside Academe

The National Humanities Alliance invites applications for a Social Science Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in survey design and quantitative analysis to work on an initiative to educate the public and policymakers about the important role that the National Endowment for the Humanities plays in national and community life through its support of research, education, public programs, and cultural heritage preservation. In the context of the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, this project seeks to ensure that a more complete story of the NEH’s reach and impact is told. This is an ideal role for a social scientist looking to apply her/his skills in an advocacy context.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with select NEH grantees to compile existing data on the impact of their NEH-funded programs and to develop project-specific survey tools to capture new data on participant demographics and the benefits of participating in the grantee’s program. Based on this work, the Fellow will develop survey templates for use by a wide range of humanities organizations. The Fellow will also develop advocacy materials that communicate qualitative and quantitative findings for a range of audiences.

Founded in 2013 and located in Washington, D.C., the National Humanities Alliance Foundation is the supporting foundation for the National Humanities Alliance (NHA). The National Humanities Alliance is a nonpartisan, non-profit association founded in 1981. Membership in the National Humanities Alliance is open to all organizations with an interest in the humanities. More than 190 organizations are currently members of the NHA, including scholarly societies, humanities research centers, colleges, universities, and organizations of museums, libraries, historical societies, humanities councils, and higher education institutions. The NEH for All project is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to learn about the use of research in advocacy, mobilizing coalitions on local and national levels,  and project management. This experience will provide a foundation for subsequent work in academic or non-academic settings.

Reporting Structure: The Post-Doctoral Fellow reports to the NEH for All Project Director.

Term: This is a two-year position.

Job Classification: Exempt

Essential Functions:

  • Design surveys and conduct research
  • Collect, analyze,  and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data using relevant methodologies, creating reports for a range of public audiences
  • Represent the project and present its results in a variety of public settings
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Project Director

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a social science discipline or another discipline with equivalent experience in quantitative research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project management experience; a good ability to choose among alternatives and identify key priorities for work
  • Experience in survey design, implementation, and analysis of results
  • Experience instructing others in evaluation and survey administration
  • Experience identifying relevant data to collect and methods for collection
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills

Compensation: Salary is competitive. A full benefits package is provided to all NHA Foundation staff members.

To apply: Please submit a substantive cover letter and resume/CV (not to exceed 4 pages) to Cecily Hill, Ph.D., Project Director, National Humanities Alliance Foundation, at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until someone has been hired. The NHA Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


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