Research Associate

Job Posting

Research Associate

Date Posted:

September 21, 2022

We Are. . .

The American Immigration Council (the "Council") works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. 

Your Role. . .

The Research Associate is a part-time employee who will assist in quantitative research for various projects including research reports, data interactives, policy memos, blog posts, and factsheets. Responsibilities will be, but not limited to gathering, managing, and analyzing large data sets; producing data output files; drafting key findings; and fact-checking.

We are looking for individuals who are self-starters, curious minds, and who are eager to learn many aspects of a non-profit immigration research and advocacy organization are encouraged to apply.

Essential Job Functions. . .

  • Gather, clean, and recode large datasets, including publicly available microdata sets as well as employing data mining techniques.
  • Harmonize and standardize methodologies for more routine data recoding tasks, helping ensure consistency among the Council’s Research team members.
  • Run summary statistics and cross-tabulations of microdata or produce graphics and maps, on demand.
  • Work collaboratively with the research team and other NAE teams to produce research content from reports to quick-hit factsheets.

The ideal candidate is an organized and efficient multi-tasker. The candidate should excel at independent work but also have excellent communication skills. Having the ability to write clearly and concisely, putting complex concepts into compelling and accessible terms, is a distinct advantage. 

To perform successfully in this role, incumbent should possess skills identified below: 

  • Candidates should have significant experience using programs and languages such as STATA, R, Python, and SQL. Candidates with additional skills in data visualization will also be given priority.
  • Master’s degree in a relevant social science, such as economics, demography, or public policy, with a clear focus on quantitative methods.
  • Bachelor’s degree holders with several years’ professional experience are also welcome to apply.
  • Demonstrated interest in U.S. policy or migration issues.
  • Significant experience working in STATA or R.
  • Competency in JavaScript, Python, and SQL are a distinct advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience working with large, complex datasets or microdata.
  • Experience in collecting and cleaning data from various sources.
  • Ability to apply data science techniques including, mapping, data mining, natural language processing to real-world data. 
  • Highly detailed-oriented and able to multitask and work independently.

Apply for this postion

For considerationqualified applicants are to submit cover letter, resume and salary requirement. cover letter should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position.  

NOTE: Applications without cover letters and which do not indicate desired salary may not be considered.

Direct hire only – NO recruiters (mail, email, fax, or phone).

The American Immigration Council ("Council") is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to treating all applicants and employees without regard to unlawful considerations of race, religious creed, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veterans status, citizenship and immigration status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. This equal employment opportunity commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to, advertising, recruiting, hiring, job assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, benefits, training, discipline, and termination.


The Council believes that diversity is a strength. The Council is committed to being a safe, respectful, and inclusive space, where a broad range of viewpoints and experiences are encouraged and every member of its staff and board is given the opportunity to thrive.

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