job: research associate,
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Tue Jul 4 16:26:57 CDT 2006
From: Harold Simon <hsimon at nhi.org>
Job Opening: Research Associate
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 31st 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 national, state and local levels, 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 publishes /Shelterforce/,
the only national independent publication written for advocates and
professionals dedicated to affordable housing and community development.
The research associate will participate in the organization’s agenda to
conduct research on national, state and local policy and practice in the
areas of urban redevelopment, community development and neighborhood
revitalization. Working under the supervision of NHI’s research
director, the associate will play a key role in moving this agenda
forward, working on research projects in a wide variety of areas and
interacting with researchers, policymakers and community development
practitioners across the nation.
Current research areas include the development of a model to link the
process of market-driven neighborhood change with tools and strategies
to foster equitable revitalization and preserve affordability; research
on connecting school construction with neighborhood development; and
research into a series of issues arising from NHI’s recently-completed
preliminary investigation of shared equity housing models. Future
research studies may look at land use and regulatory practices,
building human capital, economic development, organizing and civic
engagement, and greening as a revitalization strategy.
The research associate will be expected to operate at a high level of
autonomy and responsibility. Specific activities that the research
associate will be expected to carry out will include:
· carrying out research work on NHI projects, including data
analysis, literature research and field investigations;
· writing research summaries, project reports, case studies, policy
briefs and related written work products;
· tracking progress of the NHI research agenda and preparing
progress reports for the NHI board, funders and others;
· assisting in the management and logistics (including writing and
preparing materials) of NHI conferences, forums and other meetings;
· developing ideas and proposals for future NHI research activities;
· contributing ideas and articles for /Shelterforce/;
· participating in and representing NHI at meetings, conferences
and other events tied to the research agenda.
NHI is looking for an energetic, talented individual with at least a
master’s level degree in a field relevant to the research agenda
described, such as city planning, policy studies or economics, with at
least two years of professional experience either in a related research
area, or as a practitioner in a related field, such as working for a CDC
or other community-based organization.
In addition to strong quantitative research skills, he or she must be
able to write and speak to diverse audiences, including community-based
practitioners, policymakers, other researchers and the general public
with ease and persuasion. The successful candidate must be adaptable,
flexible, creative and detail oriented with a strong commitment to
social justice and equity.
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, writing sample and resume to:
Research Position c/o nhi at nhi.org <mailto:hs at nhi.org>
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