Be a part of our team
Children Now’s Volunteer Research position is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in learning more about research and policy analysis in health, education, and children’s media environment. Reporting to the Director of Research, the Research Volunteer will work 15-20 hours per week on Children Now’s key research products including:
- California Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, a county-level report that provides policymakers and community leaders with a snapshot of children’s well-being;
- California Report Card: Setting the Agenda for Children, Children Now’s signature publication, which includes data reflecting the status of California’s children;
- Additionally, the volunteer will be an integral part of our work on the KIDS COUNT National Data Book release in August which includes updating the California data on the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
Tasks may include: literature reviews; compiling and configuring data from secondary sources such as California Department of Education, American Community Survey, and California Health Interview Survey; error checking data; compiling notes and sources; preparing mailing and media packets; assisting with research briefings and presentations.
The Research Volunteer will work closely with staff, but will manage his/her projects independently, exercising good judgment, problem-solving skills, and superlative time management. Successful volunteers have some work experience, are interested in policies and programs affecting children, and are resourceful, efficient, and reliable.
Desired Skills and Experience
- Interest in and familiarity with policies affecting children and their families, particularly in health, education, and/or media;
- Strong analytic, research and writing skills;
- Strong skills in data management and configuration using both excel and SPSS;
- Knowledge of statistics, including at least one college-level stats course;
- Organizational and time-management skills, including ability to meet tight deadlines;
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Preferably a graduate student in Public Health, Education, Public Policy/Administration, or related field.