Temporary Community Research Analyst, Healthy City

Healthy City is an information + action resource that unites community voices, rigorous research and innovative technologies to solve the root causes of social inequity. The first of its kind in the country, our team consists of authorities in public policy, research, technology, planning and data analysis. We provide the public sector with actionable information such as data, maps, and service referrals through our easy-to-use online platform. Healthy City also partners directly with organizations to develop targeted strategies that fuel social change. Healthy City is a program of Advancement Project. Advancement Project is a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement. We engineer large-scale systems change to remedy inequality, expand opportunity and open paths to upward mobility. Our goal is that members of all communities have the safety, opportunity and health they need to thrive.

Healthy City is seeking one temporary, full-time Research Analyst with the Community Research Lab. The duties of the Research Analyst are varied, challenging, and integral to implementing the Community Research Lab’s programmatic goals within Healthy City’s broader vision and policy agenda.The Research Analyst will support key components of Healthy City’s Community Research Lab program, including partnership engagement, direct technical assistance, community facilitation, and development and implementation of Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) methods, tools, and training workshops. The ideal candidate for this position will have a combination of experience, skills, and training in participatory research and mapping; community engagement; quantitative and qualitative data analysis; and workshop and group facilitation. The Research Analyst will be a skilled community researcher and facilitator with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, knowledge of local communities in California, and experience in capacity building and advocacy with and on behalf of residents of low-income communities of color. A commitment to lifting community strengths and capacity for problem solving is essential. The position requires managing competing deadlines, flexibility, and ability to work and travel to communities throughout California, including some evenings or weekends. This position will report to Healthy City’s Community Research Lab Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop or implement primary data collection methods and analysis, such as participatory mapping, focus groups, surveys, key informant interviews, and others
  • Use HealthyCity.org, ESRI software, sketch maps, or other mapping technology or techniques to conduct participatory mapping with diverse groups of people
  • Work with community organizations and members to develop and implement participatory mapping and research activities
  • Provide support on HC projects that encompass CBPAR and facilitate community engagement throughout the research process, from establishing research questions, to selecting data collection tools, to analysis, dissemination of findings, and outcomes
  • Plan and facilitateinteractive in-person and online workshop activities
  • Utilize adult learning and popular education techniques to develop and facilitate research trainings with people without technical backgrounds or experience in research
  • Participate in team, organization-wide, and project partner meetings
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice.
  • Skilled in developing and performing research and analysis, particularly through a community-based participatory action research approach.
  • Experience working with staff, community-based organizations, and community members to plan and implement focus groups, surveys, key informant interviews, and other primary data collection methods.
  • Experience in planning and facilitating research workshops and trainings;experience utilizing adult learning and popular education approaches a plus.
  • Experience using HealthyCity.org, ESRI/GIS software, sketch maps, or other mapping tools.
  • Experience working with community members and organizations in low-income communities of color, particularly in California.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Content expertise and background in one or more of the following areas: public policy, community development, public health, urban planning, community/grassroots organizing and/or social/human services.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, social work, public health, public policy or other related field, plus 2+ years work experience in participatory research, data analysis, and community engagement and facilitation. Strong technical qualifications and experience in the participatory research field may be acceptable in lieu of a social science degree.
  • Willingness to travel locally and throughout state.
  • High computer proficiency and comfort, particularly with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and online research tools.
  • Experience leading community engagement and participation strategies (such as community education, outreach, organizing, and/or facilitation) highly desired.

Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish fluently highly desired.

How to apply

How to Apply: Interested candidates please submit a cover later and resume to the contact below by Thursday, October 25, 2013. Please no phone calls.

ATTN: Janice Miller

1910 W Sunset Blvd, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90026
E-mail to: jburns@advanceproj.org or Fax to: 213.989.1309

Los Angeles, California
Healthy City
Janice Miller
Fax to: 213.989.1309
1910 W. Sunset Blvd Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA, 90026, US