Research Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




1617 John F Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 900
United States


The Food Trust is a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Headquartered in Philadelphia, The Food Trust works with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers in the city and across the country to develop a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food. More information about The Food Trust is available at


The Food Trust is seeking a dynamic and qualified Research Coordinator to support multiple research and evaluation projects spanning a variety of healthy food access areas and initiatives – including but not limited to nutrition education, healthy food retail, farmers’ markets, corner store initiatives, supermarket initiatives, youth leadership, and farm to school on both a local and national level. This position represents a blend of both analytic and applied research skills. The applicant should be comfortable utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods, and have strong writing and analytic skills with experience managing across multiple data sets. We are also looking for someone experienced in working with spatial data to develop static and interactive maps, and create both raster and vector maps using GIS tools. 


·        Providing support for multiple research and evaluation projects that span a variety of healthy food access and nutrition education topics

·        Balancing and managing multiple projects and deadlines

·        Utilizing excellent interpersonal and analytic skills

·        Working with a high attention to detail and applied research mindset

·        Conducting and collecting surveys in the field, in line with human subjects protections

·        Collaborating closely with nutrition education teams to coordinate evaluation design, develop evaluation tools, implement data collection, and produce reports for funding agencies

·        Performing quantitative data entry and coding as needed

·        Performing information analysis and synthesizing findings

·        Summarizing information and helping to develop findings and conclusions

·        Organizing project information, surveys and other research tools

·        Developing project timeline and work plans

·        Coordinating research team meeting agendas and activities

·        Serving as primary contact person and coordinator of The Food Trust Summer Research Institute

·        Contributing to written project deliverables, documents, reports, and presentations

·        Supporting proposal and grant writing

·        Maintaining positive working relationships with all internal and external research partners

·        Exploring potential research and evaluation opportunities, such as Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and support proposal writing efforts

·        Attending regular team meetings and project meetings

·        Adhering to The Food Trusts’ security guidelines and ensure the appropriate handling of data security and sensitive information

·        Fulfilling other duties as assigned within the scope of position expectations


A.    Possess core fundamental research skills (data gathering, analysis, and writing) to successfully execute a diverse range of public health consulting projects.

B.     Ability to operate SPSS (ability to use R a plus).

C.     Ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

D.    Experience managing multiple data sets.

E.     Careful attention to detail.

F.     Ability to use logic to analyze and clean data.

G.    Experience with Social Networking Analysis (SNA) a plus.

H.    Strong writing skills needed.

I.       Ability to operate a computer and proficiently use a variety of common software programs, particularly Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.

J.       Ability to visualize data creatively.

K.    Ability to operate ArcGIS, create both raster and vector maps and create web maps using ArcGIS Online.

L.     Familiarity with Census API; ArcGIS Model Builder


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently stand and walk to/from or while conducting corner-store conversions or outreach; the employee will on a daily basis sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or equipment; reach with hands and arms; balance; talk or hear. The employee will occasionally climb stairs; stoop; kneel; crouch or crawl; taste or smell.
  2. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds of program materials and other related documents.
  3. Operate related office equipment and use necessary tools.
  4. Specific vision abilities required by the job include frequent reading and close vision; distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.      


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. The position is based out of our office located at 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA.
  2. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  3. Although most of the work is indoors, you will be required to travel outside to field research locations / special events.
  4. May require working non-traditional hours based on project deadlines.


Minimum Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.

Minimum Experience: In addition, 3+ years of related work, volunteer, or academic experience is required.




Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

TO APPLY: E-mail your résumé and cover letter to Please reference “Research Coordinator” in the subject line. Please do not call.