Research Fellowship

Children Now is a nonpartisan whole-child research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health, education and well‐being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a unique network of more than 3,600 business, education, parent, civil rights, faith, and community‐based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more at, including its core organizational values.

Position Description

We are seeking a highly‐motivated and detail‐oriented Research Fellow to join Children Now’s Research Team. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in learning more about the role research plays in a policy organization whose topics focus on children’s health, education, and child welfare. This fellowship will be heavily data focused, but we care about providing our fellows an enriched experience so we will tailor the fellowship based on the fellow’s interest. Fourth or Fifth-year undergraduates and graduate students are invited to apply.

The Fellow will work in our Oakland or Sacramento office and/or from home, depending on the pandemic situation. The Fellow will report to the Senior Managing Director of Health Policy and Research and work closely with the Associate Manager of Research on day-to-day tasks. Fellow will work approximately 10‐15 hours per week and will be paid $16 per hour. Ideally the Fellow would start in August or September and potentially continue through January.

Primary Responsibilities

The Research Fellow will work on Children Now’s key research products including:

  • The California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, one of Children Now’s signature data publications, which provides a comprehensive picture of children’s health, education, and welfare in every one of California’s 58 counties.
  • Updating the KIDS COUNT Data Center, a product of Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premier source of national data on children and families.
  • Additionally, the Fellow may contribute to other short‐term

Tasks will include: pulling and cleaning raw data files from secondary sources using Access and Excel; navigating, collecting, and configuring data from some secondary sources with their own data representation, which may require data entry; reformatting and transposing data; error‐checking data; compiling notes and sources; contributing to project management/tracking, including instruction writing; and possible literature reviews.

The Research Fellow will work closely with staff but will also work independently, exercising good judgment, problem‐solving skills, and superlative time management. Successful applicants have some work experience, are proficient with data management and are resourceful, efficient, and reliable.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • This position requires strong attention to detail and the fellow must understand the importance of data accuracy and integrity.
  • Strong data cleaning, analysis, organizing, and management skills.
  • Preferred experience using data from secondary sources like American Community Survey, DataQuest (from the Department of Education), and The Department of Finance – Population Projections.
  • Must have intermediate/advanced Excel skills and preferred experience using Access.
  • Experience with data entry.
  • Experience using TXT files or transferring Excel files to SPSS (or some sort of statistical software).
  • Enjoy problem solving, taking on challenges, and finding
  • Knowledge of statistics, including at least one college‐level statistics
  • Organizational and time‐management skills, including ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a
  • Passionate about bridging research and policy.

Application Process

Applications are due July 17, 2020 but interested applicants should submit their applications as soon as possible as they will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Children Now is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to staff diversity, equity and inclusion. Children Now values diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing our work and views diversity as including differences in race, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, veteran status, job skills, education, and geographic location and any other category protected by law. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.