Research Director

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by SAFER



Start Date


Times of day

Weekday Evenings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


New York
New York
United States


Job Description:

SAFER was one of the first organizations to shed light on the actual policies colleges and universities have in place to address sexual assault on campus. It demonstrated that policies often insufficiently protect survivors of sexual assault and perpetuate a culture of silence. As a thought-leader and expert in campus sexual assault policy reform, SAFER’s Research Director is responsible for developing original research on campus sexual assault geared specifically for student activists seeking to reform policy and culture change. One of the primary objectives of SAFER’s Research Director is to collect the most recent and relevant data pertaining to campus sexual violence, which can be disseminated to student activists. The Research Director is expected to have substantial familiarity with national and institutional policies on sexual violence and knowledge of appropriate research methodology for collecting potentially sensitive data.


  • Leading and managing implementation of SAFER's priority research projects;
  • Responding to political and cultural developments by brainstorming and developing relevant research projects in consultation with the Board;
  • Conducting primary data analysis;
  • Leading research report write-ups;
  • Overseeing development of web-based data collection tools;
  • Developing data collection and validation protocols for local and national samples of colleges and universities;
  • Performing quarterly or biannual landscape assessments to determine what research would be most helpful to student activists and advocacy groups;
  • Conducting literature reviews and background research to support other SAFER events and initiatives;
  • Attend monthly Board of Director meetings, with ability to work independently on priority projects
  • Make a minimum 1-year commitment, preferably longer


  • Minimum 1-2 years experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research;
  • Experience analyzing data;
  • Demonstrated understanding of campus sexual assault prevention and research in the field preferred;
  • Excellent writing and communications skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently.



How To Apply

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to Rachel Greenburg at as well as Ian Turner at