Research Consultant Associate

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Rivera Consulting, Inc.

Published 6 days ago

April 5, 2021
March 19, 2021
$55,000 - $60,000

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. Maybe many of us won't be here to greet her, but on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing.” ― Arundhati Roy, War Talk 

Firm Background

We understand that the bold reimagination of our social contract only comes from understanding and leveraging the intersections that exist between people, planning and politics. The current national reckoning comes with the dual public health crises of an international pandemic and deeply embedded systemic racism. One thing is more clear than ever: with our civic infrastructure in flames across the country, now is the moment for us to invest in a deeper democracy; a public commons and society co-created and co-designed by the leadership of women, Black people, indigenous people, and all people of color. 

A Home for Women of Color and our Co-Conspirators 

Our firm is a home for social change and movement practitioners, and we engage and serve as transformational consultants for our clients: “Transformational consultants are catalysts for the transformative process in the leaders and the organizations to which they consult. Those of us who undertake this role must understand that who we are and how we show up with our clients are primary success factors in supporting Organizational Transformation. All consultants strive to be competent, but the nature of Organizational Transformation places exceptional demands on change agents regarding our “being” as well as our “doing.” This description captures the role of the transformational consultant. How do we show up in client systems as the embodiment of transformation – present, clear, compassionate, authentic, courageous? How do we embody change in a way that activates transformation in all those with whom I come in contact? The following seven qualities are aspirational. If we are to engage in doing transformational work with others, we need to commit to our own transformation.

Research Consultant Associate: Job Announcement

Rivera Consulting seeks a Research Consultant Associate that is passionate about social change, progressive politics, and movement building organizations. As a multi-disciplinary firm, the consultant will work in a variety of fields, including organizational development, urban planning evaluation, and political research. Consultant will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of progressive and change-making organizations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: organizational, political, and urban planning research, project management, stakeholder management and interviews, group facilitation exercises, data collection and analysis, content editing and writing, and forms of qualitative and quantitative evaluation research design. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the intersection of people, policy and politics and implementing data-driven solutions to challenges of organizational growth and internal evaluation.

Consultants will be given the opportunity to take an active role in Rivera Consulting projects throughout all phases of client engagement, be it discovery research, project design and implementation, stakeholder facilitation, data collection, or final deliverable creation and content. It is expected that the consultant will take the lead on key aspects of these phases. Assignments and needs will vary based on the client, project need, and firm capacity.

Applicants must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Experience working with, advocating for, and supporting communities of color is critical. We are looking for someone with coalition building experience that is comfortable navigating and leading diverse groups in the progressive ecosystem. Previous experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research projects is preferred. Experience with SPSS, Nvivo, GIS, or other data analysis programs will also be considered. Applicants with graduate degrees in the realm of public policy, public administration, or research-focused degrees is a plus, but not a requirement. Previous work experience will be valued in tandem with education.


  • Under the supervision of Senior Research Consultant, support the execution of client projects across an equity focused portfolio of intersectional data and research projects.
  • Under the supervision of Senior Research Consultant, develop evaluation and organizational assessments using mixed methods research.
  • Support systematic literature reviews, including the screening of studies for inclusion and the extraction of data.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, including supporting research design and conducting micro-level demographic research 
  • Assist with deliverable creation; contribute to writing and copy-editing of all client deliverables (as assigned by your Supervisor or Primary Project Lead); Implement quality control checklists to ensure consistency in output; handle version control when iterating with clients.
  • Support project meetings by hosting and running meeting for internal and external meetings; attending meetings to document action items and key takeaways; copy-editing presentation material
  • Project management and visual mapping support to President and Vice President, including facilitation of small group meetings and relational 1:1s
  • Provide administrative support including coordinating project meetings; creating project folders; handling project archiving and keeping files organized; assisting with monitoring project team timelines; and tracking deliverables.
  • Work collaboratively with internal firm team across key shared outcomes for clients and firm communications 


  • A self-starter with a passion for projects involving social change, racial equity, and progressive values;
  • Experience working directly with stakeholders throughout the progressive ecosystem, either in a private, public, or nonprofit environment;
  • Experience working directly with communities of color;
  • Able to conduct high quality research;
  • Experience conducting primary and secondary research
  • Background in quantitative and qualitative research techniques; ability to process and synthesize large amounts of data
  • Background in techniques of policy and program evaluation;
  • A problem-solver that enjoys when no day is the same; 
  • Punctuality and strong time management skills;
  • Extremely strong writing skills and ability to self-edit;
  • Able to develop and deliver polished PowerPoint and other visual tool presentations; 
  • Flexibility to accommodate changes in priorities and project needs;
  • Studious note-taker with ability to identify and visualize key information;
  • Ability to adhere to structured project plans and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to organize own time and act on own initiative;
  • A commitment to Rivera Consulting transformational consultant values.

Equal opportunity employer – candidates of diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply.

If you are interested, please email resume and cover letter to

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. Maybe many of us won't be here to greet her, but on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing.” ― Arundhati Roy, War Talk 

Firm Background

We understand that the bold…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • Contract
  • 4-Year Degree Required


Health care and dental plans offered

Health care and dental plans offered


Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
50 Milk Street, 15th Floor, Boston, MA 02110

How to Apply

Email cover letter and resume to

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