Employment

Do you want to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, collaborative environment? Do you want your research to make a difference? If so, RFA may be the place for you. Please see our job openings below. To apply for a position, please read the instructions below. Click on the job title for a detailed description. If you have any difficulties, please contact us at HR@researchforaction.org.

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Full Time Openings

Strategic Communications Manager

Summary:

RFA is searching for a Strategic Communications Manager. The person is responsible for strengthening and managing RFA’s brand and growing its visibility. S/he will oversee RFA’s content strategy, development, and distribution, aligning with the firm’s overall strategy. S/he will engage our team, our clients, and the education sector to identify compelling topics and themes and disseminate high-value content that meets the needs clients and the target market. The manager will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work in close collaboration with program and communications staff in carrying out the work.

RFA is a highly energetic, fast-paced organization that places a premium on responsiveness and flexibility for our clients, while maintaining the highest standards of integrity, quality, and relevance in our work. Our collaborative and fast-paced environment extends to the work of the strategic communications manager.

Job Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in communications or other relevant fields.
  • Bachelor’s degree with relevant experience also considered.
  • 5-8 years of experience developing, managing, and implementing creative communications and marketing strategies that achieve measurable results
  • Ability to develop and implement strategic communications and marketing plans in partnership with senior management and research directors in the organization.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the education and/or education policy fields
  • Demonstrated knowledge using tools and platforms including social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn), website platforms such as Google Analytics, WordPress, and Wix; email marketing programs such as Survey Monkey, Constant Contact, and MailChimp, as well as the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite desired but not necessary to promote branding.
  • Experience developing and maintaining relationships with journalists, especially in the field of education or social justice
  • Exceptional writing, editing, public speaking, storytelling, and facilitation skills, and meticulous attention to detail
  • Team player with strong leadership and interpersonal abilities
  • Highly attuned to the latest technology and trends in the communications and marketing fields
  • Exhibits a high degree of integrity and personal responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrated experience as a problem solver and thought leader
  • Strong leadership and project management skills with excellent organizational and planning background with the ability to manage multiple, often competing, projects
  • Ability to understand, collect, analyze, and evaluate marketing/communications-related data
  • Strong knowledge of website design, development and ongoing management
  • Collaborative, entrepreneurial and proactive work style
  • Self-motivated individual who can excel both individually and as a team player in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Experience at an issue-focused non-profit, research organization, university, or communications firm
  • Excellent work ethic, enthusiasm, and positive attitude

How to Apply:

Please provide your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample such as a blog post, press release, e-news release, or other appropriate communications strategy samples. Click here to apply

Part-Time Graphic Designer

Summary:

RFA is seeking a creative, innovative Graphic Designer to join our communications department. This is a part-time, three-day per week (60%) position. The person in this position will play a lead role in rebranding and developing RFA’s public-facing image. S/he will lead the graphic design of research deliverables, including report design and data presentation and visualization.

RFA is a highly energetic, fast-paced organization that places a premium on responsiveness and flexibility for our clients, while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, quality, and relevance in our work. Our collaborative and fast-paced environment extends to the work of the Graphic Designer.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, or related field and 3+ years of related experience; experience and/or education in web design/development strongly preferred
  • Highly creative graphic designer who excels at creating engaging visual displays of concepts and/or data
  • Finely attuned to detail to ensure that data are presented accurately, and publication design is accessible and attractive to broad audiences
  • Experience designing and/or developing websites and interactive displays of data and information
  • Comfortable working quickly and efficiently to meet deadlines and possesses the ability to work on multiple projects at once
  • Enthusiastic about working collaboratively with staff at all levels on project-specific and organizational graphic design needs
  • Highly skilled in the use of software/programs across multiple platforms, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, on both Mac and PC platforms

How to Apply:

Please provide a copy of your cover letter, resume, a link to your website, and at least three examples from your portfolio. Click here to apply.


As an equal opportunity employer, RFA values diversity. We strive to hire and retain top talent based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. Different makes us better!

Internships

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Human Resources Intern

Intern Role and General Responsibilities

The Human Resources Intern will provide administrative support to the Human Resources department and the organization. S/he must possess the ability to multi-task, review and audit records, and maintain the utmost confidentiality and integrity.
Responsibilities:
• Supports recruitment efforts, filter incoming resumes; may update and maintain resume database
• Assist in scheduling interviews and phone screens for the hiring manager
• May coordinate and/or participate in various recruiting events, job fairs etc.
• Assist with reference checking, screening tests and background investigations of applicants and the new hire process
• Prepare information packets for new hires, terms, team meetings etc. and assist with new employee orientations and exit interview process
• Maintain standardized process for all HR materials and paperwork
• May assist in preparing payroll for processing
• May assist in the maintenance of personnel files, Human Resource Information System records and compile reports from various databases as directed
• May assist in benefits administration
• Assist in administering various human resources programs for all company employees, such as company events or initiatives
• Prepare reports and materials for the department as needed
• Requires regular attendance to report to work per assigned work schedule
• Perform other duties as required or assigned

Skill Set and Experience:

General knowledge of HR laws, systems, and compliance

How to Apply:

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IT Support Intern

POSITION OVERVIEW

The intern will assist the IT Manager in the support and implementation of technology within RFA. The intern will have an opportunity to be exposed to a variety of technologies and have the opportunity to support, troubleshoot, and maintain RFA technology solutions.

Skill Set and Experience:

Knowledge and understanding (hands-on experience not necessary) of enterprise technology solutions such as Active Directory and Group Policy, Exchange, File/Print Servers, Basic Networking, and Cloud Hosted Software.  Strong communication skills, Experience utilizing Microsoft Office products at an advanced level, Hands-on or virtual lab experience with Server and/or Network administration a plus.

How to Apply:

Click here to apply