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.

Social Science Writer

We’re looking for someone who wants to create data-driven stories that can help shape a better world for all people. We’re looking for a new team member, who understands statistics and loves to turn a good question into useful stories that can improve how organizations, businesses, and governments achieve their goals.

About You

Do you think of yourself as an innovator? Do you like to take ownership of how a story about data is developed and visualized to ensure information is useful? Are you a good collaborator who can see the big picture clearly, and write about it with simplicity and precision? Do you enjoy working with social scientists to report the meaningful truth about how to solve the problems facing society? We’re looking for a writer who will be a central driver of the story we tell, apply their editorial skills to stretch our thinking, and integrate results from transdisciplinary social science research.

Most importantly, we’re looking for a writer to work with our communications leader to help us think in new ways and take our research story public. We look forward to reading about you.

About NewKnowledge

New Knowledge Organization Ltd. empowers change-makers with interdisciplinary social science research. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, we pursue this work to build a society where all people can live to their greatest potential in harmony with a thriving biosphere. Through independent research, evaluation, strategic planning, and systems design, we explore how people learn about and are motivated to solve society’s grand challenges. With over 30 researchers from a range of disciplines, we explore paths to individual and community wellness, how to support a healthy biosphere, and how media and cultural organizations contribute to a just society. Consistent with the principles of a strong democracy, we promote public dialogue and action through collaboration, transparency in our process, and open access to the results of our work.

Requirements & Other Details

In addition to the About You details (above), there are a few more things we need. Candidates should have:

  • Extensive writing experience, with a degree in a field that prioritizes clear writing on statistics and complex issues (e.g., data journalism, sociology, communications, etc.);
  • Experience and interest in writing about statistics and other social science data;
  • A good understanding of statistics and statistical analysis; and
  • The ability to work in our New York City office.

These additional skills are not required but may be helpful: experience creating data visualizations and experience gathering information from public data.

Position Breakdown

The writer’s position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Write about data for a variety of audiences (including partners, the public, peer review journals);
  • Editing publications produced by writers and research teams; and
  • Support the communications leader in tracking publications through Mendeley and internal systems.

Location: 40 Exchange Pl. Suite 1403 New York, NY 10005
To apply: Submit the following to Laura Tietjen,

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • A writing sample that features a data story