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Part-time Research Assistant

  • About the Markle Foundation:

    The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of technology to achieve breakthroughs in addressing some of the nation’s most pressing issues as well as address the challenges it presents. Markle challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their varied expertise to identify solutions and achieve systemic change. Today as advanced technology and automation change the very nature of work, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions towards a skills-based labor market that will enable Americans to transition to the opportunities of the digital economy. Markle’s current workforce initiatives—Rework America and Skillful-- build on Markle’s previous success in creating the policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security, and access to the Internet.

    The Rework America and Skillful initiatives aim to enable all workers, especially the almost 70% of American adults without a four-year college degree, to have the opportunity to succeed in our increasingly digital labor market. We aspire to make change at the national scale, to accelerate the efforts of others, and to have impact beyond the reach of organizations working alone or in silos. We aim to overhaul how employers hire and train, to reshape how people view their career possibilities, and to unlock career opportunities for millions of people who may otherwise be unable to access the futures they deserve.

    The Rework America’s networks define and advance policies and practices among employers, educators, policymakers, technologists and workers themselves so that all are better equipped to anticipate, adapt to and harness for good the rapid pace of technological change transforming our economy.

    Our Skillful Initiative is developing skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations. Skillful and its partners are working to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to keep pace with technology’s impact on work.

    Job Summaries and Responsibilities: 

    We are looking for a part-time project based Research Assistant who is hard-working, rigorous, dynamic team member who is passionate about serving the community and making an impact. Given the entrepreneurial nature of Markle all team members execute a diverse portfolio of projects and contribute to the learning culture through execution of pilots, supporting multiple initiatives and collaborating across teams and partner organizations. Key responsibilities include:

    Research and Analysis: The Research Assistant will conduct research on a variety of topics of relevance and interest to Markle, which include but are not limited to workforce issues; federal and state educational, training, and employment policies; program development; and innovation in the educational landscape, alternative training programs, etc.

    Internal & external communications: They will play an active role in the drafting, editing, and preparation of documents for external use, and support Markle efforts to educate the public and policymakers. They will also support the preparation of Markle leadership for external engagements, including meetings, speaking events, and policy convenings, through research, drafting memos and briefings, and writing talking points.

    Other duties: This position requires wearing many hats and bearing responsibility to carry out a variety of projects across the organization. This may entail providing support to peers in other work streams and Skillful and Markle initiatives.

    Required Competencies: 
    • Research and analysis: ability to identify key findings from empirical research and analyze existing policy proposals.
    • Written and verbal communication: ability to effectively communicate research findings to an internal audience, and write clearly about policy issues for diverse audiences, including policymakers.
    • Familiarity with relevant policy areas: basic understanding of issues related to the Federal workforce system, post-secondary education, labor, or human services.
    • Project Management: a track record of managing projects independently and delivering against tight timelines. Demonstrates strong organizational skills, with ability to work on several projects at once.
    • Active learning: Positive attitude with an openness and willingness to learn. Demonstrates ability to receive and apply feedback and continues to improve.
    • Nimble and strategic in the face of change: Comfortable in a fluid, changing startup that is responsive to its own successes and failures. Capacity to deal with ambiguity and drive towards concrete solutions.
    Preferred Competencies: 
    • Familiarity with Policy research
    • Familiarity with government audience: Experience working on or with the public sector, in Congress, the Federal Government, or state government.
    Job Details: 
    Location: 
    Washington D.C.
    Title: 
    Research Assistant (Project based and Part-time)
    Reports to: 
    Chief of Staff
    Term: 
    Project based and Part-time, 3-4 months, subject to extension
    Salary & Benefits: 
    not eligible
    Travel: 
    Occasional
    Apply: 
    Degree or Credential Requirements: None! We value candidates who can demonstrate capability and articulate how prior experiences will help them to contribute. Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]
    Markle is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations and marital status.

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