Senior Associate for Special Projects

Research · Remote or Washington, District of Columbia
Department Research
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation 55,000 - 65,000

NCRP promotes philanthropy that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness.  We envision a fair, just and democratic society in which the common good is recognized as a high priority; where a robust public sector is empowered to protect, preserve and extend the commonly held resources and the public interest; where a vital nonprofit sector provides voice and value to those most in need; where our society has equitable systems; and where all people enjoy equal justice, full inclusion and fair treatment.

NCRP seeks a Senior Associate for Special Projects who will help us advance a progressive agenda within philanthropy by producing strategic research in collaboration with our alliesGiven NCRP’s unique role as bridge between institutional philanthropy and social justice movements, this role could provide an early-career rising star with a unique position in which to grow and build connections in both worlds. Current areas of focus include racial justice, reproductive access and gendered violence, immigrant and refugee justice, and climate justice. 

This position reports to the reports to the Director of Research.  The salary range is $55,000 -$65,000.  Benefits include contribution of 8% by employer to retirement account (no match required) and 100% paid medical and dental insurance premiums.  


Why you’ll want to come to work each day: 


  • You’re working on a diverse staff of values-driven, smart, creative, and kind people. 
  • You have the opportunity to influence how billions of dollars of charitable dollars are given away. 
  • Each new project comes with a new set of problems to solve collaboratively with your team. 
  • NCRP doesn’t shy away from a fight.  


What you’ll do: 


The Senior Associate for Special Projects will help field incoming requests from our allies, funders, and partners for research that holds philanthropy accountable and pushes them to redistribute wealth and power to the grassrootsThis person will be responsible for multiple, months-long research projects at any given time, and they will work closely with partners inside NCRP and outside to make sure our research resonates with key stakeholders. The position will require someone who is comfortable moving between qualitative and quantitative methods – often mixing them on the same project. The Senior Associate for Special Projects will get to explore new, mostly public data sets, as well as gathering data of their own.    




  • Work in concert with the Director of Research to design and execute research projects ranging in size from a few hours to a few months of work. 
  • Maintain relationships with key research project stakeholders. 
  • Attend relevant events e.g. webinars and conference sessions, many but not all of which will be virtual 
  • Contribute to the success of a 4-person research team at a growing national advocacy organization. 


Who you are:  


This person is a generalist, not a specialist. We are looking for people who can look at a research question like “what is the collective net worth of the board members of the largest family foundations in the country” and break it down into smaller parts, not necessarily someone who knows the ins and outs of IRS data. The Senior Associate for Special Projects will also be a relationship-builder. Often the best first step in an NCRP research process is not “let’s gather and analyze data” but “let’s find the person whose data and analysis we trust and that will be most persuasive and amplify them.” This person will also be an avid consumer of information and at home on the internet! 




  • Ownership and resilience: You care deeply about getting results. You gather information, seek input, and drive work forward to the finish line. You think 3 (or 30) steps ahead to develop solutions, anticipate problems, and course-correct when needed. You hold a high bar even when things are hectic and bounce back from setbacks by turning each hurdle into a learning opportunity. 
  • Relationship-building: Part of your job is connecting with people from many different backgrounds. You find (and even create) opportunities to deepen connections and build authentic, mutual relationships with teammates and allies across lines of difference, such as race or other identities. You truly welcome viewpoints that differ from your own, and you’re able to “sit with” discomfort when people express themselves in ways that aren’t familiar to you. 
  • Continuous learning: There’s always more to know out there, and you’re hungry for it. You absorb information from your colleagues, your work, and from keeping up with your field. If something doesn’t make sense, you ask questions until it does, and you apply what you learn in your work. 
  • Cultural Competence: You share our commitment to advancing racial justice and equity and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. You have a familiarity with the complexity of issues and obstacles facing communities of color in the philanthropy sector or social justice ecosystem. 
  • You feel at home in a spreadsheet 
  • You have a demonstrated capacity to manage cross-team projects 
  • You have some experience working with social change/advocacy organizations 
  • Other technical skills (e.g. coding, statistics) are a plus, but can also be learned on the job by the right candidate 


NCRP is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.  

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  • Location
    Remote or Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    55,000 - 65,000