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The Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) broad-based, bipartisan coalition, including business, education and civil rights leaders, that is focused on a single mission: to ensure all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college in order to build a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy.
The Campaign for College Opportunity’s Steve Weiner and David Wolf Founder Fellowship Program is offering one part-time, 10-week, paid Research Fellowship to prepare the next generation of higher education advocates. The Research Fellow will have the opportunity to learn what it means to advocate on behalf of California’s students to access, afford, and succeed in the state’s colleges and universities and how to harness the critical skills and tools necessary to compel change.
The Research Fellow, working remotely, will be tasked with assisting the Senior Director of Policy Research to conduct research, analyze data, and prepare briefs that will inform public discourse and advance policy reforms championed by the Campaign for College Opportunity. The Fellow will be heavily involved in the research and analysis of data used to identify the California colleges and universities to be honored as the Campaign for College Opportunity 2021 Champions of Equity in Higher Education. The Fellow will also assist in the production of other Campaign reports and briefs, including research on the equity implications of California’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
· Support original and secondary research and analysis to identify and disseminate relevant and reliable information on California public higher education and the experiences of low-income, underrepresented, and undocumented students;
· Lead data collection and analysis for the 2021 Campaign for College Opportunity Equity Champions in Higher Education Awards;
· Perform quantitative and qualitative research and prepare analyses;
· Monitor federal, state, and local higher education policies and programs, and prepare briefing materials that convey the impact of these developments;
· Conduct quick literature reviews and policy scans;
· Download, clean, and analyze publicly available data; and
· Write reports, memos, briefs, and other content to communicate findings and recommendations to staff and external audiences.
· Interest in careers in the higher education nonprofit sector, conducting policy research and analyses with the intent of reaching diverse audiences;
· Must have knowledge of higher education and an interest in public policy;
· Bachelor’s degree required, and students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education, as well as those with lived experiences related to our research, are encouraged to apply;
· Candidates who are flexible, adaptable, detail-oriented, responsive to changing priorities, and committed to being problem-solvers;
· Demonstrated ability to clearly and accurately describe complex issues in ways that different audiences can understand;
· Must demonstrate ability to work independently and manage multiple projects with strong interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team environment; and
· Knowledge and experience with qualitative and quantitative research.
· Familiarity with common datasets such as IPEDS, US Census products
· Fluency with statistical analysis software packages such as SPSS, Stata, or R. Candidates with demonstrated capacity to use Excel for complex tasks will be considered.
· Prior experience on a research team or in a research internship is a plus, but is not required.