job: research associate, New Jersey
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colist at comm-org.utoledo.edu
Mon Jun 14 16:23:34 CDT 2004
From: Harold Simon <hs at nhi.org>
NHI, publisher of Shelterforce, is looking for a research associate
(job description below) to help us expand our research capacity. In
addition to soliciting your interest in the position, we like to
disseminate this notice as widely as possible, and would appreciate any
suggestions for doing so.
The National Housing Institute (NHI) is seeking a full-time research
associate to play a central role in its growing action research agenda
focusing on housing and community development issues.
Now in its 29th year, NHI is an independent nonprofit research and
education organization driven by a belief in the ability of all
communities to be healthy and thriving. NHI is dedicated to community
revitalization by enhancing the work of community builders through
public policy and programmatic analysis, development and promotion.
NHI conducts research that reflects the needs of practitioners,
advocates and policymakers at the state and local level, and that will
provide them with tools, information and insights that will have a
direct and significant affect on their work in community
revitalization. In addition to research, NHI provides vital information
through Shelterforce, the only national independent publication written
for advocates and professionals dedicated to affordable housing and
Past and current research projects have included:
Saving Affordable Housing. What Community Groups Can Do and
Government Should Do
Addressing the Problem of Urban Property Abandonment: A Guidebook for
Policymakers and Practitioners
Rental Housing Preservation.The development of strategies to save
at-risk, affordable private rental housing
Housing Policy in Weak Market Cities
Limited-Equity Housing: Its Role in Community Revitalization and
Asset Building Programs
Working closely with the NHI executive director and research director,
the research associate will:
· Conduct research on key housing and community development issues
already identified as priorities by NHI, including neighborhood
revitalization, preservation of affordable housing, limited-equity
housing, and economically integrated housing. The research associate
would act as principal investigator on some projects, and assist the
principal investigator or research director on others.
· Supervise interns and other part-time employees, and monitor the
work of consultants, engaged on NHI research activities.
· Develop ideas for new NHI research activities through ongoing
contact with the executive director and research director of NHI, other
researchers, community development practitioners and advocates, and
turn those ideas into proposals for foundation, governmental or other
· Participate in dissemination of NHI research products, including
preparation of articles and other information materials, and
participation in workshops, forums and conferences.
The research associate will be an individual with the academic
background necessary to conduct responsible research meeting high
intellectual standards as well as the background in practice necessary
to ensure that the research activities will indeed be responsive to the
needs of advocates and practitioners. Specifically, the research
associate should have the following skills and qualifications:
· A terminal degree in a field relevant to the NHI research agenda.
A Ph.D or ABD is preferred, but a graduate degree in a professional
field, such as community development, planning or law is acceptable.
Extensive documented experience in both research and practice,
including a substantial publication record, can be substituted for a
· Strong skills in data analysis and statistical applications,
including the ability to analyze, interpret and present social,
economic and demographic data.
· Strong computer skills
· Strong writing skills, including the ability to convey
sophisticated issues and concepts to lay readers.
· At least five years of full-time work experience in community
development, housing, urban affairs or a related field.
· Solid understanding of the issues facing American cities, and a
sensitivity to the issues facing their residents, particularly lower
income households and people of color, today.
· Evidence of successful research or program development, proposal
writing and the securing of funding.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits
include health insurance, vacation, paid holidays and retirement plan.
NHI is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are
strongly encouraged to apply.
Please e-mail cover letter and resume to; Harold Simon, hs at nhi.org
National Housing Institute/Shelterforce
460 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 211
Montclair, NJ 07042-3552
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