Equity in Domestic/Sexual Violence: Research Assistants


Remote

Ok

Hours per week

Flexible depending upon student availability

Published:

05/16/2018

Start Date

06/11/2018

End Date

09/28/2018

Address

641 S Street Northwest
Washington
District of Columbia
20001
United States

Description

Seeking multiple positions:

1) Racial Impact Assessment Research Assistant

2) Mapping the Landscape of Economic Justice

Qualitative Research Assistant

3) Cost Study and/or Evaluation Planning


Organization Description:

The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice is a national organization dedicated to enhancing advocacy for survivors of intimate partner violence.


CSAJ develops and promotes advocacy approaches that remove systemic barriers, enhance organizational responses, and improve professional practices to meet the self-defined needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors. We steer this towards our vision: a world where all people have equal access to physical safety, economic security, and human dignity.


For more information about CSAJ’s work, visit: http://www.csaj.org


Research Assistant/Practicum/Fieldwork Description:

The practicum/fieldwork student will contribute to and help grow CSAJ’s groundbreaking initiatives by conducting a qualitative research project mapping the landscape of economic work done by state, territory, and tribal domestic violence coalitions.


CSAJ’s key national projects include:

  • The Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative (CRI) is a national project of CSAJ that enhances economic justice for survivors of domestic violence by building the capacity of and building partnerships between domestic violence and consumer lawyers and advocates across the nation. 
  • The Racial & Economic Equity for Survivors Project (REEP) is a national project that seeks to remedy the systemic inequalities facing survivors of color and shift the current violence against women paradigm. In partnership with diverse anti-poverty, race equity, and violence against women practitioners, REEP will engage communities in identifying inequalities and employing impact legal and policy strategies that facilitate access to economic opportunity for survivors of color.


In this role, students will gain hands-on experience in a cutting-edge, cross-sector initiative for racial and economic equity of survivors: conducting a literature review of economic systems and policy change strategies, designing and implementing a qualitative research project of in-depth interviews with coalition leaders in economic justice, creating and conducting analysis, and contributing to report writing (and developing other academic and training resources, as needed).


CSAJ is composed of a small team of dedicated advocates in the legal, social work, and academic fields who are wholly committed to creative vision, open communication, and justice-minded social change work. While CSAJ interns are able to enjoy the flexibility and convenience of telecommuting, they can also participate in weekly staff meetings with the organization's leadership, take part in all of CSAJ's trainings, and receive supervision and support from the Board of Directors as needed.


The Practicum student will be under the direct supervision of CSAJ’s Director of Research & Programs, located in New York, NY. In person and virtual meetings will be scheduled to provide direction and feedback. Remote work outside of New York will be considered with right applicant.


Research Project Opportunities:

Racial Impact Assessment: 

  • Design and conduct a literature review related to low-income survivors of color economic barriers to safety.
  • Finalize survey design, implement, and analyze a national needs assessment survey for advocates and attorneys in the field capturing: systems/structural barriers to economic security; innovative legal and non-legal advocacy strategies; adoption and use of a race equity approach to advocacy.
  • Contribute to the development and writing of practice-based resources as well as academic or other projects determined by student goals.
  • Collaborate with CSAJ leadership, national Expert Advisors, and Organizational Partners to carry out all aspects of the assessment.


Mapping the Landscape of Economic Justice: 

  • Design and conduct a literature review related impactful economic policies, coalition building, and systems change strategies for vulnerable populations.
  • Develop and lead a qualitative research project to assess the status of, scope of work, and theoretical approaches to economic justice conducted by state, territory, and tribal coalitions against domestic and sexual violence. Methods may include in-depth interviews, focus groups, observations, and secondary analysis.
  • Contribute to the development and writing of practice-based resources from findings as well as academic or other projects determined by student goals.
  • Collaborate with CSAJ leadership, national Expert Advisors, and Organizational Partners to carry out all aspects of the assessment.


Additional Project Opportunities Include:

  • Financial Well-Being for Survivors (measure adaptation and survey research with survivors)
  • Formative Evaluation of Survivor Centered Economic Legal Services (mixed methods, evaluation planning and design, legal services)
  • Interested in racial, economic, gender, health equity for survivors of domestic and sexual violence? Pitch us your research/evaluation and/or policy idea! We’d love to support your work.


Qualifications:

  • Masters of Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Law, or students in similar discipline with competencies in social science research, legal and policy issues, program/intervention planning, evaluation, and social determinants of health framework (intersectional and root-cause).
  • Ability to work independently and self-start
  • Strong organizational skills including: ability to develop work plan, self-assign and adhere to deadlines, communicate progress, and ask questions/engage in discussion
  • Strong research skills including ability to critically analyze qualitative and quantitative data. Familiarity with legal and/or policy work strongly preferred
  • Excellent writing skills for lay and professional audiences
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and implement a collaborative project, involving multiple contributors, from start to finish
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, health disparities or inequality, within a public health framework
  • Foreign language proficiency a plus
  • Experience with advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault a plus 
  • Experience with anti-poverty and economic justice policy or direct advocacy a plus


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and work sample that features your writing and research, and describes your experience and/or interests to Sara Wee, Director of Research and Program Development, at sarawee@csaj.org. Students of diverse backgrounds and experiences strongly encouraged to apply.


Benefits

Will work with students to obtain school credit or comply with practicum/field placement requirements.

How To Apply

sarawee@csaj.org

https://csaj.org/get-involved

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and work sample that features your writing and research, and describes your experience and/or interests to Sara Wee, Director of Research and Program Development, at sarawee@csaj.org. Students of diverse backgrounds and experiences strongly encouraged to apply.


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