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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, July 28, 2009

Job Opening: Research Analyst for National Urban League

The position includes production of the NUL's Equality Index.

The National Urban League Policy Institute seeks a Research Analyst to provide up-to-date statistics on a wide variety of topics and analyze data for the staff at the Institute. When requested from the Urban League affiliate network, the Research Analyst will provide statistical information as well. The Research Analyst will conduct empirical analysis using statistical software packages and utilize large data sets.

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Essential Functions

•Research, write and edit reports and fact sheets on various topics related to the NUL Empowerment Agenda;
•Acts as Project Coordinator for initiatives as assigned;
•Serve as the Census Information Center coordinator, handling data requests and organizing large amounts of data;
•Advise NULPI Executive Director and staff on relevant research;
•Research, write and edit articles for NULPI publications;
•Manage and coordinate electronic updates;
•Respond to research requests from NUL Affiliates and staff;
•Oversee production of the NUL Equality Index

Additional Qualifications:


•Master’s degree in economics, statistics, public policy or related discipline required.


•A minimum of four years of experience with interpreting data and translating the data into reports and fact sheets.

Knowledge and Skills:

•Experience with quantitative computer-based statistical analysis software with large data sets required;
•Must have excellent analytical and writing skills and a record of producing research reports;
•Must have experience presenting research findings;
•Must be able and willing to work on multiple projects simultaneously;
•Must have experience with major statistical programs such as STATA, SAS or SPSS in producing research reports. Familiarity with PowerPoint is a plus;
•Strong inter-personal skills;
•Commitment to and ability to advocate for NUL’s mission and recommendations
•Write reports and fact sheets on various topics related to income security and labor market issues.
•Present results of research studies related primarily to social safety net issues at various conferences.
•Serve as the Census Information Center coordinator for the office, handling data requests and organizing large amounts of data.
•Supervise research interns on various data analysis tasks and projects.
•Coordinate and monitor preparation of research reports and publications

How to Apply: To apply send resume, cover letter an (3) page writing sample to Human Resources, National Urban League 120 Wall Street, NY , NY 10005 or e-mail

Deadline to apply: August 10, 2009


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