This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in civic engagement and voting behavior. The Junior Specialist will be actively involved in conducting research on specific projects as well as provide general research assistance to the California Civic Engagement (CCEP) director, as needed. The position will require the study design, collecting and interpreting data within multiple databases and be involved in the co-creation of research projects/designs, including the following research studies: the Early Impact of the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act, Examining Voter Equity in SB450, and Youth Engagement in California. Creative contributions on each include data collection, basic statistical data analysis, geographical presentation of data, computer management of data files, and the analysis and write-up of research findings. The position requires participation in professional/academic conferences and other educational and research gatherings as deemed appropriate based on the research findings and dependent on the acquisition of grant funding. The positon will be actively involved in publishable research activities on all of the above mentioned studies, including the writing and review, for journal articles and academic research briefs. The position also requires working with the CCEP’s undergraduate and graduate internship program, including the academic mentorship of these students.
Requirements include a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Sociology or related field. Basic qualifications include communication skills to engage effectively with a variety of public collaborators and audiences, demonstrated qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis skills, skills to write, proofread and edit documents, writing academic literature reviews, as well as the presentation of research results to academic and non-academic audiences such as The Future of California Elections, the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials and the American Sociological Association. The position provides a public service in providing data research to political, non-profit and academic outlets to encourage the act of voting in California and beyond. Experience working collaboratively with leaders from diverse populations researched is a strong plus.
Salary Range: Step 1 - $18.26 hour, or Step II - $19.48 hour, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Term of Appointment: The position is expected to support a Junior Specialist at 100% for the period of 9/25/17-9/24/18 (one year from date of hire).
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