Summer Research Assistant at Fairbanks Foundation

  • 20 Apr 2021
  • 20 May 2021

About the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation 

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation (the Foundation) strives to advance the vitality of Indianapolis and the well-being of its people by addressing the city’s most significant challenges and opportunities. The Foundation focuses on three issue-areas: education, health, and the vitality of Indianapolis. To advance its work, the Foundation implements a three-pronged approach: strategic grantmaking, evidence-based advocacy, and cross-sector collaboration and convenings. Learn more at RMFF.org. 

Community Data Snapshot 

The Foundation launched the Community Data Snapshot (CDS) in February 2021 to provide its grantees, partners, and the community at large easily accessible data related to our focus areas and community demographics. The CDS includes nearly 200 graphs and presents data starting in 2010 for both Indiana and Marion County, disaggregated as possible. The Foundation plans to refresh the CDS annually by updating data in existing graphs and adding new visuals and features. 

The Project 

The Foundation seeks a research assistant to work with the Director of Learning Evaluation and the Program Analyst on CDS updates and revisions. The Foundation anticipates this will involve the following: 

• Using publicly available data sources, such as the American Community Survey, to download the most recent data for CDS graphs

 • Working with external partners, such as the Indiana Department of Education, on data requests 

• Manipulating data using Excel (required) and Stata (preferred) 

• Collaborating with RMFF staff and partners to create new visuals and revise/update existing graphs 

• Driving overall project progress, including setting and managing project calendars, using Asana for project and task management, and communicating effectively 

The Foundation would like to hire a research assistant as soon as possible, with work to continue through summer 2021 and potentially beyond. This is a paid opportunity with compensation to be determined. Foundation staff are currently working remotely, and this may continue through summer 2021; therefore, location of the research assistant is flexible. 

Desired Skills 

• Strong understanding of quantitative data 

• Ability to manipulate quantitative data, including Excel (required) and Stata (preferred) 

• Ability to present data to multiple audiences, including with user-friendly graphs; knowledge of Tableau preferred 

• Project and task management skills, including the ability to manage a project calendar and the ability to work effectively in a remote environment 

• Ability to communicate effectively with internal team members and external partners 

Contact 

Please contact Dr. Emilyn Whitesell (whitesell@rmff.org) for more information


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