Director of Applied Research

Woodstock Institute

Posted: 7/2/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

Primary domain: Research

City: Chicago

Postal code: 60603

State: Illinois

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M


Mission statement:

Create a just financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities and people and communities of color can achieve economic security and community prosperity.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Director of Applied Research designs and conducts applied research projects to examine the relationships between economic and demographic characteristics and disparities in access to economic opportunity and to support Woodstock Institute's policy advocacy. The position gives qualified research professionals an unusually good opportunity to see the results of their research have an impact in policy changes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design and conduct applied research projects in support of Woodstock Institute's mission
  • Produce and publish reports, Community Lending Fact Book, fact sheets, and presentations
  • Supervise research team, including updates of online Data Portal and Mapping Tools and operation of Technical Assistance Program
  • Play a major role in foundation, corporate, and contract fundraising, including writing grant proposals and reports, responding to RFPs, and soliciting and implementing research contracts
  • Stay abreast of developments in the field and participate in professional development activities
  • Participate in communications, media, and advocacy outreach
  • Collaborate with local and national colleagues on research and coalition work
  • Other duties, as assigned


Qualifications Required

  • Experienced researcher with a graduate degree in economics, urban planning, policy, or related field, with strong quantitative research and analysis skills
  • At  least 5 years' experience in research and policy advocacy in areas of fair lending, wealth creation, community development and/or financial system reform, including work with HMDA, CRA, mortgage, small business, and consumer lending data, and public data at the local level
  • Excellent English Language writing, public speaking, and presentation skills; demonstrated ability to write, edit, and publish research reports and related policy recommendations
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice issues, as evidenced by professional or personal work
  • Warm and collaborative interpersonal skills; comfortable with diverse groups, including community groups, nonprofit advocates, funders, policymakers, regulators, and academics
  • Ability to work independently and to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Fundraising and grant writing/reporting experience
  • At lease 2 years' experience in hiring, training, and supervising junior staff and/or interns
  • Punctual, reliable, and willing to put in extra hours, when necessary
  • Willing and able to travel within the state and across the country
  • Ph.D. in a related field
  • English language and Spanish language skills would be a plus


Not Specified


$75k - 90k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, writing sample in Word document or PDF , and list of three professional references to Patricia Woods-Hessing, Administrative Director, [email protected] Deadline to apply is midnight Central Time on July 26, 2019.


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