Manager, Survey Research

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Full Time



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900 Alice Street
Suite 400
United States


Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.

The Research Program’s mission is to produce forward-looking, innovative and accessible analysis and thinking about systemic racism and racial justice, grounded in the stories and perspectives of people of color. Research also provides guidance and support for impact planning and evaluation to other Race Forward programs.

The Survey Research Manager will work with the Vice President for Research to design, manage and/or conduct multiple data collection and analysis projects. In particular, the position will primarily consult with leaders, staff and state/local government members of the organization’s rapidly expanding GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity) network. The position is also expected to more broadly contribute to the Program’s impact planning and evaluation mission. The position may require monthly travel and preferably will be based in the organization’s Oakland, CA office. This position reports to the Vice President for Research.


1. Analyze data from racial equity employee surveys conducted for organizations with whom Race Forward is working, a large portion of which are state and local government as a part of the GARE network. Identify key findings, and prepare summary reports, and in some cases, more detailed reports.

2. Manage the quantitative analysis of archived and recent state and local government racial equity employee surveys for the GARE network.

3. Support state and regional project managers to provide consultations and other technical assistance to GARE network jurisdictions conducting employee surveys.

4. Conduct and direct additional research as necessary, including intermediate to advanced quantitative research, public opinion research, media content analysis and qualitative research.

5. Contribute to team efforts defining and measuring the impacts of racial justice activities and solutions (internal and external), such as policy and practice impacts, capacity building of advocates, narrative change initiatives, etc.

6. Provide project management for effective inter-program collaboration on major projects.

7. Write appropriately for multiple public products such as reports, research briefs and reviews, newsletters, and online editorials/blogs.

8. Design and deliver presentations on research findings and other Race Forward products and content in professional and media settings.

9. Supervise, train and help hire other staff and interns, as directed.

10. Support organizational fundraising efforts, including but not limited to conducting foundation visits, drafting grant proposals and reports, and making presentations at philanthropic conferences.

11. Active participation – including shared responsibility for facilitation and note-taking – of departmental and organizational meetings.

12. Additional duties as assigned by the Vice President for Research. 

Skills and Qualifications

1. Masters degree in public administration, communication, political science, social psychology, sociology, or another social science or interdisciplinary field strongly preferred, but not required.

2. At least 5 years experience in applied social science research (e.g., in service to community based organizations, non-profit organizations, labor unions, state/local government etc.), preferred.

3. Good judgment and high professional standards of care, handling confidential survey data.

4. Strong familiarity in racial justice theory, history and current conditions affecting diverse communities, including AANHPI (Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander), American Indian, Black, Latino and AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian) communities, both U.S.-born and immigrant. Strong familiarity with progressive social change practices and landscapes, particularly in racial justice and related fields (e.g., poverty, labor/employment, criminal justice, immigration, education, health care, food justice, reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, etc.).

5. Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to write in multiple styles for lay and professional audiences. Ability to write quickly with high level of competence.

6. Ability to analyze data, identify key findings, and prepare reports that present information in a compelling and motivating manner.

7. Demonstrated ability to meet frequent deadlines when working both individually and in team settings.

8. Extensive experience with Microsoft Excel and STATA or SPSS, strongly preferred. Note: quantitative large data set management and analysis skills are strongly preferred for this position.

9. Experience and explicit interest in supervision, project management, and/or training.

10. Experience with multimedia forms of presenting research, including Power Point, live webinars, and other video and audio forms.

11. Patience, a strong and collaborative work ethic, good judgment and a well-honed sense of humor.

12. Comfort in diverse settings, from grassroots meetings to professional conferences.


Employer paid Health, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance, Commuter/Remote Benefits, competitive Time off policies, and employer retirement contribution.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please address inquiries and submit your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three references, in PDF format to Include the job title "Manager, Survey Research " in the subject line. No phone calls please. 

At a minimum, your cover letter should speak to:

• any specific areas of racial justice-related survey research expertise that you would bring to the program

• your experience(s) creating, managing and/or analyzing original data sets (e.g., converting qualitative information into quantitative data)

• your demonstrated supervision, project management, and/or training skills