Researchers interested in working at RFA should submit their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to applicants@researchforaction.org. Master’s degree preferred; Ph.D. required for senior-level positions.

Chief Financial Officer

Research for Action is in the market for an exceptional Chief Financial Officer to lead their growing fiscal administration. The CFO will report to the Executive Director and supervise the Finance Department for this $3.5M organization. In collaboration with the ED & the Board of Directors, the CFO will serve as a key business partner, provide high level financial expertise, lead the organization with financial planning, support philanthropic efforts and lead organizational growth toward sustaining its fiscal health.

The responsibilities of the Chief Financial Officer are:

• Oversees cash flow planning & ensure availability of funds needed
• Identifies and responds to the needs of the ED DD and Board for financial data
• Produces accessible, fiscal reports for key stakeholders of the organization
• Synthesizes budgetary information that aligns with organizational resources and its mission
• Interrogates business model, revises and remains abreast of current compliance, trends, and revises to ensure organizational conformity
• Serves as executive coach to program staff with financial and project administration
• Prepares, reviews and adjusts organizational structure, revenue recognition, project and capital budgeting
• Prepares annual audit, serves as partner to external vendors and resources
• Implements forward thinking business models, strategic plans and conceptualizes business needs that anticipate risks and financial impact
• Serves as federal contract AOR
• Serves as fiscal leader to entire organization and foster interrelationships with staff at all levels

The Chief Financial Officer will encompass the following qualifications:

• MBA/CPA preferred
• The CFO will be a seasoned leader with at least 10 years experience at the managerial level
• Proven leadership and management experience and excellence in a multi- disciplinary, fast paced finance and accounting department of an organization with multiple units or core functions, and with annual revenues of at least $5m and 30 employees
• Technically savvy with proven ability to perform complex analysis of financial data with multiple funding sources
• Keen understanding and experience in financial feasibility, metrics, R.O.I. and other financial analysis methodologies with practical applications related to organization’s functions, programs, results and planning
• Proven track record with leading a dynamic, complex organization
• Dedication and enthusiasm for organization’s mission and business model

Research for Action has retained Professionals for NonProfits to spearhead their search efforts.

TO APPLY: Please send your updated resume in confidence to: Octavia Gilmore, VP of Recruitment: ogilmore@nonprofitstaffing.com

Please visit www.nonprofitstaffing.com to learn more.



Summer 2014 Internships

Summer internships run from May/June – August. Exact start and end dates are based on the needs of the project and the availability of the student. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resumé to applicants@researchforaction.org.  In your email, please include the two positions you are most interested in selected from the list below.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Research for Action qualifies for work study and PHEAA. Interns may also be eligible for course credit.


Elev8 Project Intern


Project Description:  Developed by the Atlantic Philanthropies, an international grant making foundation, Elev8 (pronounced ‘Elevate’) is committed to building on what has worked to improve the quality of life and academic performance of middle school youth. The initiative’s work is based on the understanding the the coordinated or integrated delivery of learning, health and family support programs is more likely than any single approach to make lasting changes in the lives of children and youth in communities with fewer resources. The components of the initiative are:
Extended-day learning – providing high-quality academic and enrichment activities before and after school, on weekends and during the summer, which are coordinated with in-school learning;
Comprehensive school-based health services – making primary care, age appropriate reproductive health, mental health and dental services available at school’ and
Family support – ensuring that children and youth benefit from mentors and connecting their families with the public benefits and services available to them, including health coverage through SCHIP and Medicaid, the Earned Income Tax Credit, etc.
Elev8 is a national initiative with sites in Chicago, Illinois; Oakland, California; Baltimore, Maryland; and across the state of New Mexico. Research for Action is an evaluation partner on the initiative. The activities of the evaluation will support ELev8 sites in: developing and delivering strong programs, understanding “what works and what doesn’t”, and promoting the growth of the integrated services in schools field.


Intern Role: The Elev8 youth survey is a key component of the Elev8 evaluation activities. The intern’s role will be to assist in processing these paper surveys and clerical-related administrative tasks to the Elev8 project in late May and throughout June. July work TBD, but will provide administrative support to the Elev8 project.
Desired Hours: 15 – 20 per week; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday preferred

Knight Foundation

Project Description: The Knight Foundation has supported RFA in a study of how elementary students in a large urban school district are making use of laptops given to them through a one-to-one laptop initiative. Specifically, we will be studying how students use the laptops both for academic and non-academic purposes, how parents and other family members use the laptops at home, and how the laptops will be used as instructional tools in the classroom. This is a mixed-methods project. Qualitative data include data from parent/guardian focus groups, classroom observations, and interviews with technology facilitators. Quantitative data include responses on a teacher survey, as well as student outcome data from the district, including academic achievement, attendance, and other indicators.

Intern Role: The intern will be responsible for the transcription and coding of qualitative data as well as the management of survey data from the teacher survey. The intern will also be involved in some conversations about analysis strategies and product development. Graduate student preferred, but undergraduates will be considered.

Desired Hours: 15 – 20 per week

Evaluation of 21st Century Programs Project Intern


Project Description: RFA serves as the local evaluator for twelve 21st Century providers of community youth programs and Out-of-School Time educational opportunities for students in the Philadelphia area.  As the local evaluator, RFA examines the implementation of the 21st Century programs and outcomes related to student attendance, academic achievement, and behavior.


Intern Role 1: There are two openings for undergraduate students who have a base knowledge or are willing to learn statistical and survey software (excel, Snap II, STATA 12). These interns will be asked to manage a large database of survey information. They will work on scanning in and constructing the teacher survey database for 21C. They will also assist in data entry for student data, basic data preparation and data cleaning in STATA.
Desired Hours:  20 per week.


Intern Role 2: There is one opening for a student with practical basic knowledge of statistical software (STATA preferred, but applicants with coding experience in other programming languages and are fast learners will be considered). This student will participate in quantitative coding, basic data preparation and cleaning of large data sets. Graduate student preferred, but will consider undergraduates with the right level of experience.
Desired Hours: 10 per week


Policy Intern


RFA’s policy team works to inform education policy discussions with relevant, rigorous, and nonpartisan policy research. The intern will support the team by researching education policy initiatives at the local, state, and federal level and contributing to briefs on specific issues. Applicants should be interested in education policy, qualitative research, and urban school reform. Graduate student preferred.
Desired Hours: 8 – 12 per week


Technology Intern


The Technology Intern will support the Technology Manager in maintaining and implementing IT Solutions within the organization. The Technology Intern reports to the Technology Manager. Duties include: Installing/uninstalling programs and operating systems, Computer maintenance, Hardware setup, Maintaining technology hardware database, General troubleshooting, Writing clear and easy instructions for staff on how to utilize technology, Assisting in developing and maintaining technology infrastructure.
Desired Hours:  12 – 20 per week, schedule somewhat flexible within Monday – Thursday


Administrative Communications Intern


The Administrative Communications intern will assist the Communications Director with an overhaul of our publications database. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and organized. Experience with databases a plus, but not required. Undergraduates interested in business, IT, communications, and library science are encouraged to apply.

Desired Hours: 10-15 per week