Research Fellowship

Children Now is a nonpartisan umbrella 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 grassroots network of more than 3,000 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

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 research and policy analysis in health, education, and child welfare. Undergraduates and graduate students are invited to apply.

The Fellow will work in our Oakland or Sacramento office and will report to the Senior Managing Director of Health Policy and Research. Fellows will work approximately 10‐15 hours per week, ideally starting in the spring and potentially continuing through the summer. The Fellow will be paid $15 per hour. The deadline to apply is March 15th, but resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Primary Responsibilities

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

  • Updating the KIDS COUNT Data Center, A product of Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premier source of national data on children and families (this will comprise the majority of the Fellow’s time);
  • Potentially, The California Children’s Report Card, Children Now’s signature publication, which includes data reflecting the well‐being of California’s children;
  • Additionally, the Fellow may contribute to other short‐term products.

Tasks will include: literature reviews; compiling and configuring data from secondary sources such as the California Department of Education, the American Community Survey, and the California Child Welfare Indicators Project; error‐checking data; compiling notes and sources; and contributing to project management/tracking.

The Research Fellow will work closely with staff but will work independently, exercising good judgment, problem‐solving skills, and superlative time management. Successful applicants have some work experience, are proficient with data analysis, 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 and community‐based research;
  • Passionate about bridging research and policy;
  • Strong data cleaning, analysis, and management skills with intermediate/advanced skill with Excel;
  • Experience with applied research and research writing;
  • Enjoys data visualization and turning data into actionable messages;
  • Enjoys problem solving, taking on challenges, and finding solutions;
  • Knowledge of statistics, including at least one college‐level statistics course;
  • Organizational and time‐management skills, including ability to meet tight deadlines; and
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Application Process

Applications must include a 1) cover letter (please include position title AND a brief statement of your research and data management experience), 2) resume, 3) one‐ to two‐page writing sample. Please submit your application materials to with attachments in PDF or Microsoft Word format only. Please include your name in the file name for all documents (e.g. g.smith – resume).

Applications are due March 15th

Children Now is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to staff diversity. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.