Who we are:
Each day, Jewish individuals around the world are positively impacted by the work of the Orthodox Union, with its array of religious, youth, social action, educational, public policy and community development services, programs and activities.
The Orthodox Union’s Center for Communal Research, founded in 2018, uses data to help the OU and other Jewish organizations better understand and serve the Jewish people. Our vision is a Jewish community that is both values-driven and evidence-informed, harnessing the power of data to identify its most pressing needs and most effective solutions.
About this position:
The Principal Researcher will design and execute applied research studies and program evaluations, with an emphasis on qualitative methods, design (theory) assessment and process (implementation) assessment. This position is appropriate for a skilled researcher who enjoys working collaboratively with policymakers and practitioners. The successful candidate will have excellent qualitative research design and analysis skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully with multiple stakeholders. The Principal Researcher will report to the Director of the Center for Communal Research and will supervise junior staff, contractors, and interns.
This is a full-time, work remote position limited to the United States, within reasonable distance of a major airport. Domestic travel a few times each year is expected. Candidates in the New York area may work from the OU’s headquarters in the Financial District.
We welcome applications from motivated candidates who require some guidance and training to perform key responsibilities.
In this role, you will:
- Design applied research studies and program evaluations, with an emphasis on qualitative methods, design (theory) assessment and process (implementation) assessment.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues in other OU departments and partner institutions, helping to ensure stakeholder alignment.
- Manage research projects, coordinating multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines.
- Facilitate the creation of logic models for OU and other Jewish communal programs.
- Engage in primary data collection, including document study, observations, interviews and focus groups.
- Code and analyze qualitative data, including secondary data analysis.
- Quickly and skillfully review academic literature on a given trend or phenomenon, assessing the quality of evidence and summarizing salient findings.
- Help policymakers and practitioners access and understand existing research; work with them to identify further research questions; help them interpret new findings and envision how they could be applied.
- Create deliverables, incl. written reports, oral presentations, and visuals.
- Help write IRB protocols and monitor the process of informed consent with research participants.
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
- PhD in sociology, psychology, behavioral science, education, or other related field, or commensurate experience.
- Research experience in an academic or applied setting.
- Strong understanding of mixed-methods research and program evaluation, esp. design (theory) assessment and process (implementation) assessment.
- Expertise in qualitative research methods and analysis.
- Strong interviewing skills.
- Facility with qualitative analysis software (NVivo, ATLAS.ti, or similar).
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
- Strong facilitation skills.
- Strong commitment to the ethical conduct of research. Formal training in human subjects research (CITI or similar) and experience writing IRB protocols a plus.
- Familiarity with the Orthodox Jewish community and its institutions.
- Sensitivity to and curiosity about a wide range of people and phenomena.
The Orthodox Union offers competitive employee benefits including health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, generous PTO, and paid holidays including Jewish holidays.
The Center for Communal Research will support you in bringing your Center work to the academic community through conference participation and publishing, if you want to do so.
Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and one example of a publication or other work product showcasing your research skills to [email protected] Full academic CV optional.