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NewKnowledge is committed to building a pluralistic team with broad academic, life, and work experiences that contribute diverse perspectives to the problems we explore. We believe this diversity is critical to supporting the personal and professional growth of our entire learning community.


Education Research Statistician

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New Knowledge Organization Ltd. (NewKnowledge) is seeking an experienced education research statistician to join an interdisciplinary team of researchers working to build a strong, healthy democracy and thriving biosphere. NewKnowledge has a diverse portfolio of research that advances understanding of how cultural institutions, government organizations, and public interest groups become more effective at achieving positive social change. This new research position will be a key member of the leadership team working to shape our mixed-methods research, develop new projects that can be understood through quantitative research, and contribute to critical discourse in all of our ventures.

Our ideal candidate has a Ph.D. or Ed.D. and a proven track record with expertise in R, and advanced statistical modeling using SEM, HLM and a strong record of grant development and publication in peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will work well in a collaborative environment with colleagues from different research traditions. This is a full-time benefited position that requires travel for meetings with a national group of partners.

NewKnowledge is committed to cultural and academic pluralism. We seek applicants who can bring new voices and perspective to our team.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education, developmental psychology, education statistics, or education sociology;
  • Excellent research analyst and critical thinker who has scholarly experience developing and completing quantitative analysis at various scales, including project-based studies as well as complex meta-analyses, and a track record of contributions to peer-reviewed literature on education or research methods;
  • Statistical modeling skills to assess learning outcomes and impact for project research and to make projections;
  • A self-starter and team player capable of advancing hypothesis formation, data generation, and analysis as part of a collaborative
    team;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative fast-paced research think tank as a contributor to the scholarly life of the office.
  • Excellent researcher, and thinker who has scholarly experience exploring complex datasets;
  • Proficiency with quantitative data analysis in R is required. Experience with other data analysis software (e.g., SPSS) is a plus;
  • Ability to lead others in the development of their own quantitative research skills, including using R for data analysis;
  • Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods, including SEM and HLM;
  • Ability to generate clear figures (e.g., box plots, scatter plots, pie charts) to communicate research findings to academic and general
    audiences; and
  • Experience grant writing for public and private entities is desirable.

Responsibilities

  • In a team-based environment, design research studies that assess impacts and outcomes;
  • Development of mixed methods research design, data collection, and analysis;
  • Ability to explain statistical models or findings to the general public;
  • Collaboratively write grants with external organizations/agencies;
  • Work to expand existing NewKnowledge research into new areas; and
  • Write peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, and public communications about research methods and findings.

Interested? Email your cover letter, résumé and a recent publication to Laura Tietjen, ltietjen@newknowledge.org


Library Research Project Manager

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New Knowledge Organization Ltd. (NewKnowledge) is seeking library research project manager to join an interdisciplinary team of researchers working to build a strong, healthy democracy and thriving biosphere. NewKnowledge has a diverse portfolio of research that advances understanding of how cultural institutions, government organizations, and public interest groups become more effective at achieving positive social change. This new position will be a key member working with our culture program team working to manage mixed-methods research, management of our library assets, oversee our research data archives, and contribute to critical discourse in all of our ventures.

Our ideal candidate has a Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree or equivalent and an active interest in library research. The successful candidate will work well in a collaborative research environment with colleagues from different scholarly traditions. This is a full-time benefited position that requires travel for meetings with our national partners.

NewKnowledge is committed to cultural and academic pluralism. We seek applicants who can bring new voices and perspective to our team.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Masters of Library and Information Sciences or comparable degree.
  • Excellent analyst and critical thinker who has scholarly experience managing projects, and a track record of contributions to peer- reviewed literature on library research or theory;
  • A self-starter and team player capable of advancing work schedules, budget management, and coordination;
  • Practical experience working in library settings (academic, specialist, or public), ideally in public facing programs or operational
    support;
  • Excellent skills in meeting and document facilitation with diverse groups;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative fast-paced research think tank as a contributor to the scholarly life of the office.
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods and their use in research;
  • Experience grant writing for public and private entities is desirable; and
  • The ideal candidate will have prior experience with curriculum development for MLIS programs.

Responsibilities

  • In a team-based environment, manage research studies that assess impacts and outcomes;
  • Development of library and archive strategies for a range of research projects, products and outcomes;
  • Ability to explain statistical models or findings to the general public;
  • Collaboratively write grants with external organizations/agencies;
  • Work to expand existing NewKnowledge research into new areas; and
  • Write peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, and public communications about research methods and findings;

Interested? Email your cover letter, résumé and a recent publication to Laura Tietjen, ltietjen@newknowledge.org


Media Social Scientist

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New Knowledge Organization Ltd. (NewKnowledge) is seeking a mid-career social scientist experienced in media research. NewKnowledge has a diverse portfolio of government and foundation grants focused on how media, including broadcast, online social media and digital games, influences STEM literacy, public health, human rights, youth development, and identity development. We seek a new thinker to join our team on collaborative work with major digital journalism organizations and game designers to consider how to engage people of all ages in positive social change.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record working in an interdisciplinary research environment and a scholarly publication record that advances our understanding of the role of media in society. The successful candidate will be part of a collaborative team of mixed-methods researchers, writers, and scholars, contribute to grant development and collaboration building with partners, and conduct research that challenges prevailing wisdom about how media is part of contemporary life. This is a full-time position requiring a flexible travel schedule to meet with national and international research partners.

NewKnowledge is committed to cultural and academic pluralism. We seek applicants who can bring new voices and perspective to our team.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • A doctoral degree in education, developmental psychology, media sociology, new media, or a related field;
  • Proven track record as a writer, researcher, and thinker who has scholarly experience exploring how media and digital tools play a role
    in learning;
  • Interest in advancing contemporary media and psychological theory;
  • Knowledge of diverse qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies, including both established methods for collecting online
    and in-person data (e.g., Google analytics, surveys, classroom observations), as well as unique approaches to measuring outcomes
    and impact;
  • Experience with survey creation (psychometrics), consumer survey software, and research participant recruitment techniques;
  • Proficiency with quantitative data analysis using R is required. Familiarity with other analytic software (e.g., SPSS, LISREL) is a plus;
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are required;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-based research environment;
  • Some experience working with elementary, middle, or high school aged youth and educators; and
  • Ability and willingness to work in public school settings for data collection.

Responsibilities

  • In a team-based environment, design research studies that as advance understanding of media experiences in society, including assessing outcomes and impacts;
  • Engage in mixed methods data collection and analysis;
  • Lead validation studies of instruments, data collection, and data analysis internally and with external partners;
  • Collaboratively lead and support project development with external organizations/agencies that link studies to emerging media theory;
    and
  • Write peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, and public communications about research efforts and findings.

Interested? Email your cover letter, résumé and a recent publication to Laura Tietjen, ltietjen@newknowledge.org


Part-Time Statistician & R Trainer

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Re: Part Time Statistician and R Trainer
Attn: Graduate Students in Statistics and the Social Sciences
Date: May 2017
Contact: Su-Jen Roberts, sroberts@newknowledge.org

New Knowledge Organization Ltd. is seeking a part-time staff member to serve as the team’s expert in social science statistics using R. NewKnowledge is making the transition from the SPSS statistics software to R and the statistician will lead weekly training meetings with the quantitative analysis team to continue to develop their R coding skills. The statistician will provide support on various research and evaluation projects, primarily during the analysis phase, to contribute guidance on statistical methods, code development in R, and interpretation of results. This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students with strong quantitative and coding skills and an interest in contributing to our research on how institutions become more effective at achieving positive social change.

Activities will include:

  • Leading weekly training sessions with quantitative analysis team to build comfort and proficiency with R code and RStudio;
  • Developing or identifying R exercises to enable staff to continue to build skills outside of weekly training sessions;
  • Developing or identifying R resource code for an easily-modifiable repository for conducting statistical tests common in social science research and evaluation (e.g., t-tests, ANOVA, correlation analysis, linear regressions, reliability);
  • Testing resource code with staff members to ensure easy application and compatibility with specific needs; and
  • Conducting research and evaluation for project work on an as-needed basis, with a focus on quantitative statistical analysis, including code development in R.

The preferred candidate for this paid position will have excellent coding skills, especially in R, although familiarity with other statistical software, such as SPSS is desirable. The candidate will also have strong teaching and communication skills necessary for leading weekly training sessions. We anticipate a time commitment of 6 to 8 hours per week, with some flexibility based on project needs. All work will be done at the NewKnowledge Office in midtown Manhattan. The position pays $18 per hour.

ABOUT NEW KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION

NewKnowledge is a non-profit, social science think tank, based in New York City, that partners with agents of change to understand societal issues and develop solutions. Our work aims to expand programs in ways that increase social knowledge, positive lived experiences, and ecological harmony. We pursue an understanding of our society’s grand challenges – in the four areas of wellness, media, cultural growth, and the biosphere – through social scientific research and evaluation. Projects range from small evaluation projects that assess programs to the development of evaluation strategies for organizations like the American Library Association.

Interested? Email your résumé and a cover letter describing your experience with R and your proposed training approach for our staff to Su-Jen Roberts (sroberts@newknowledge.org).


Internship: Social Media & Research Assistant

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New Knowledge Organization Ltd. (NewKnowledge) is seeking a student intern for a Social Media & Research Assistant position in summer 2017 and possibly beyond. The intern will prepare social media updates, help generate content for other communications like newsletters and the website blog, and will contribute to the development of a social media plan. The intern will also support research work, including producing graphs in Powerpoint and managing communications with research participants. Ultimately, the intern will learn about the process of interpreting data for researchers and general audiences, as well as coordinating research. This part-time internship is a paid position that will be performed in NewKnowledge’s midtown Manhattan office. Hourly wages range from $15 to $18, depending on experience.

NewKnowledge is committed to cultural and academic pluralism. We seek applicants who can bring new voices and perspective to our team.

The required skills for the Social Media & Research Assistant internship are: proficiency with social media platforms and social media management systems, proficiency with Powerpoint, an ability to manage email and phone communications with groups of 20+ people, and comfort with a combination of self-directed and guided work.

The desired skills for the Social Media & Research Assistant internship are: ability to interpret and write about the meaning of quantitative and qualitative data; ability to contribute to report writing; and proficiency in Excel, including the use of formulas, sorting and organization, creating figures/graphs, and conducting basic statistical analysis.

About NewKnowledge

NewKnowledge is a non-profit, social science think tank, based in New York City, that partners with agents of change to understand societal issues and develop solutions. Our work aims to expand programs in ways that increase social knowledge, positive lived experiences, and ecological harmony. We pursue an understanding of our society’s grand challenges – in the four areas of wellness, media, cultural growth, and the biosphere – through social scientific research and evaluation. Projects range from small evaluation projects that assess programs to the development of evaluation strategies for organizations like the American Library Association, Girl Effect, and the National Network for Ocean & Climate Change Interpretation.

Interested? Email your cover letter and résumé to Kate Flinner, kflinner@newknowledge.org


Internship: MLIS Student Intern

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Re: MLIS Student Internship Date: February 2017
Attn: Graduate Students of Library & Information Science
Contact: Kate Flinner, kflinner@newknowledge.org

New Knowledge Organization Ltd. is seeking a MLIS intern for summer and fall 2017. The intern will serve NewKnowledge as the team’s information specialist, with a focus on data management and library research. This position’s are similar to those of an academic librarian, but embedded in social science research, along with managing institutional information repositories. The intern will work closely with the NewKnowledge team on various research and evaluation projects, and also independently on institutional projects. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in studying informal education and writing scholarly articles. Daily activities and longterm tasks may include:

Information Management & Institutional Repository

  • Use a wide range of social science databases to retrieve scholarly articles in multidisciplinary fields, and provide
  • general reference
    support to research staff including web searches, compiling of bibliographies, and research assistance;

  • Identify and pursue open access publishing opportunities;
  • Contribute to data management (e.g., establish data management protocols for new projects with project managers and
  • other staff);

  • Improve data management practices (e.g., promote efficiency and accuracy);
  • Creating and monitoring online survey and focus group recruitment projects; and
  • Manage and track reports and publications, including record keeping, producing metadata, and dissemination.
  • The intern will also be responsible for a special project of mutual choice, which may include:

  • Identify an external repository for NewKnowledge’s data collections (especially qualitative);
  • Develop a “portfolio” of NewKnowledge’s most representative work that can be used when approaching potential
  • stakeholders;

  • Developing a repository system for proceedings of conferences attended by NewKnowledge staff; or
  • Communicating with NewKnowledge staff about information sources available to them.

The information and records management intern is also expected to help program staff as needed. This may include: data entry and analysis, managing communications with project participants, proofreading, drafting literature reviews or reports, transcribing audio recordings, and managing website updates. The preferred candidate for this internship will have excellent organizational and time management skills, as well as excellent search skills using electronic sources, with focus on academic databases and open access sources such as data.gov. A strong understanding of electronic records and information management is needed for this position. We recommend that students applying have completed courses in Information Sources and Service (i.e., advanced training in searching scholarly databases and other reference sources), as well as Records Management (i.e., training in contemporary approaches to records and information lifecycles) prior to this internship. Alternatively, candidates may be enrolled in these courses at the time of the internship.

ABOUT NEWKNOWLEDGE

NewKnowledge is a non-profit, social science think tank based in New York City that partners with agents of change to understand societal issues and develop solutions. Our work aims to expand programs in ways that increase social knowledge, positive lived experiences, and ecological harmony. We pursue an understanding of our society’s grand challenges – in the four areas of wellness, media, cultural growth, and the biosphere – through social scientific research and evaluation. Projects range from small evaluation projects that assess programs to the development of evaluation strategies for organizations like the American Library Association.

Interested? Email your résumé and a cover letter to Kate Flinner, kflinner@newknowledge.org.