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POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE , Political Science-MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB) , to provide content and strategy support for production of GOVLAB's communications materials, grants and donor reporting, and events. Will explain technical academic work, including quantitative analysis and results, for a public audience; conceptualize, plan, and execute communications projects with staff and partners; draft and edit policy publications highlighting key findings, summarize individual research papers, and/or synthesize themes/policy implications across multiple research projects; draft and edit grant proposals and donor reports; create systems and formats for how communications operate within the lab and coordinate the faculty review and revision process to finalize publications; interpret and translate quantitative analysis and findings into non-technical language; produce and publish blogs, newsletters, videos, event materials, and other publications explaining GOVLAB's work; conduct interviews for written pieces; provide editing and proofreading support; and coordinate social media accounts, website, and other outreach.
MIT GOV/LAB is a group of political scientists focusing on innovation in citizen engagement and government responsiveness.
Job Requirements REQUIRED : bachelor's degree in a specialized/related field; four years' professional experience in qualitative data analysis, research methods, and social sciences (may include experience gained as an undergraduate); experience in the fields of international development and/or social science research; writing and communications experience, preferably with social science research and/or grant writing; excellent writing skills; self-motivation; ability to advance multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, manage time effectively, and generate output with minimal supervision; meticulous attention to detail and accuracy; discretion and good judgment when sharing news/information; and interest in public policy, international development, public health, economics, social welfare, political science, sociology, or related field. PREFERRED : graduate degree and quantitative analysis skills. Job #20296
Salary range: $63,860 - 69,010, depending on experience.
Application material must include a short writing sample (1-5 pages). We are especially interested in examples of writing (blog posts, articles, reports, briefs, etc.) that demonstrate ability to explain complex or technical detail in accessible language. The writing sample may be included as part of the cover letter or resume field of the application.
This appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based on needs, funding, and performance.
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