Research Associate

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The Aspen Institute
Washington, District of Columbia
Published 24 days ago

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: To achieve our mission of a more free, just, and equitable society, we commit to working proactively to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our myriad endeavors such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff. The best people-serving institutions make this commitment, and we seek to be a leader in the ways that we do so and learn from others. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment and recent actions taken toward building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.

The Inclusive America Project (IAP): The Aspen Institute's Inclusive America Project (IAP), launched in 2012, envisions a thriving American religious pluralism, where everyone has the rights, freedoms, and safety to worship, or not, according to their conscience. Through our network-building work with leaders within and across key sectors, connecting philanthropy, and producing original research and scholarship to advance understanding of the field, we build upon the Aspen Institute's mission to create a more free, just, and equitable society.

Basic Function:

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Research Associate researches key thinkers and institutions within the component areas of religious pluralism, develops an understanding of the landscape of work in each field, and identifies gaps or opportunities for collaboration in that field of work. Working collaboratively with other staff, she/he/they will contribute to the development of cohorts and outputs of the Powering Pluralism Network (Network). The Network's diverse cohorts of leaders contribute their expertise to build resources that will expand or improve their field of work. These outputs may be reports, op-eds, case statements, white papers, or other products.

The Research Associate will provide initial analysis of cohort findings, draft outputs, and work collaboratively with other staff to revise, edit, and push products through to internal, or if possible external, publication. She/he/they will be responsible for meeting project goals on-time and with high quality.

The IAP is looking for a professional, responsible, very detail-oriented self-starter with subject matter expertise in at least one of the components of religious pluralism and interest in others. The candidate must be a competent researcher and must write well for academic or practitioner audiences.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with program staff, assist in designing research timelines;

  • Research key thinkers and institutions working in the fields of religious pluralism to develop high-level mapping of existing interventions in the fields of religious pluralism;

  • Research existing interventions to understand their goals, methods, and whether they are successful;

  • In collaboration with other specialists on staff, analyze the landscape for gaps or opportunities for collaboration;

  • Contribute to the development of cohorts of the Powering Pluralism Network and to development of appropriate cohort outputs;

  • Participate as a staff member in Powering Pluralism Network and other programming;

  • Synthesize Network program and research findings and draft outputs for publication;

  • Work with specialist staff to revise and copyedit written outputs;

  • Participate in developing program strategy;

  • Write blogs, op-eds, reports, or other written products on areas of interest that align with IAP goals;

  • Track tasks and timelines in the team project management software, Asana;

  • Represent IAP as speaker or presenter on religious pluralism at internal meetings (IAP Network gatherings) or external meetings (e.g., AAR, ARNOVA, GEO, etc.);

  • Contribute feedback and participate in the revision process for other staff or fellows' research and writing products; and

  • Other items as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and 4+ years experience in the field OR master's in religion and 2+ years experience;

  • Interest and experience in issues of religious diversity and pluralism;

  • Excellent attention to detail, personal organization and time management;

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; experience and ability to write professional correspondence and communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders;

  • Proficient in MS PowerPoint, Outlook, and especially in Word;

  • Ability to work and communicate effectively within a team;

  • Ability to exercise professional discretion, judgment, and diplomacy; and

  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 5% of the time.

Level of Authority:

  • No budget authority; and

  • Opportunities for advancement and increased responsibilities.

Application Requirements:

  • All applicants must submit a cover letter and application. The cover letter should include how your past experience, both professionally and personally, makes you qualified for this position. The cover letter should not be a summary of your resume.

  • Candidates must have authorization to work in the United States for all employers.

The Institute has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy for all employees who will work at one of our physical locations, attend any of our in-person events or travel on behalf of the Institute. Staff unable to be vaccinated may request an exemption under certain circumstances.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

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The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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