Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Job Opening: Russell Sage Foundation

112 East 64th Street
New York, New York 10065

Position Opening: PROGRAM OFFICER

The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. An operating foundation with assets of over $250 million, the Foundation supports external research projects on a variety of social issues, provides residential fellowships to selected scholars, and publishes books and monographs deriving from the research it supports. Current programs include research on the labor market problems of low-skilled workers, the social, economic and political implications of the current large wave of immigration to the U.S., the social consequences of the recent rise in economic inequality, and the ways in which U.S. institutions are adapting to the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of the American population. The Foundation's interests range across topics in economics, sociology, political science, and social psychology, and its programs are often designed to foster new or interdisciplinary approaches to social problems in the U.S.

The Foundation seeks a program officer to take responsibility for overseeing one or more current research programs, to orchestrate the annual review of visiting scholar applications, and to participate in the development of the Foundation's new initiatives in social research. The program officer will work with program staff and academic advisory committees to provide overall intellectual and scientific direction for each program under development. Duties include writing requests for proposals, reviewing submitted proposals, organizing peer review, working with principal investigators to shape projects that require revision, writing briefs to propose research projects to the Foundation's Board of Trustees, monitoring funded research, and consulting with other funding agencies to secure support for co-funded projects.

Qualifications include:

  • a Ph.D. and a substantial research background in social science
  • strong analytic and quantitative training
  • excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • evidence of superior writing ability
  • excellent presentational skills
  • demonstrated administrative strengths

The Foundation offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits.

Send a resume and a brief letter describing qualifications and interest in the position to:

Ms. Alexsa Rosa
Russell Sage Foundation
112 East 64th Street
New York, New York 10065
Email: arosa (at)

All applications received will remain under consideration until a hiring decision is made.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting… I might try some of this on my blog, too. It’s quite interesting how you sometimes stop being innovative and just go for an accepted solution without actually trying to improve it… you make a couple of good points

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