About: The OU Center for Communal Research

The Center for Communal Research advances the OU’s obligation to better understand and better serve the Jewish community by developing a high-quality base of knowledge and insights from a sophisticated, ethical, and responsive research and evaluation agenda.

The Center for Communal Research is committed to meeting the Jewish community where it is and understanding it on its own terms. The Center’s priority is studying how people learn how to live Jewish lives, the varieties of journeys they take, and the ways in which institutions have made an impression on their identities.

The Center for Communal Research holds itself to the highest possible ethical standards when it comes to internal evaluation and broader communal research.

The Center for Communal Research is built atop three pillars that address significant needs for the Orthodox community. It conducts research on American Jewry generally with an emphasis on Orthodox Jews’ lives and institutions. It performs internal evaluations that assists in the strategic development and enhancement of OU departmental programs, our partner organizations, and the larger Jewish eco-system in which we operate. It facilitates structured conversations and convenings that use our research and evaluation findings to generate and enhance our programs and institutions.

Position Summary:

The Lead Analyst will be a senior member of the OU’s Center for Communal Research. They will work closely with each of the departments in the OU to design evaluation and assessment models and conduct data analysis. They will also help conduct and direct larger research projects on the American Jewish community with equally high standards of sophistication and sensitivity. This position is a good fit for someone who has educational and employment background in qualitative research and experience undertaking projects involving collaboration with multiple partners. This is a new position that will increase the capacity of the department.

Major Responsibilities:

The Research Analyst will report to the Director of the Center for Communal Research.

The specific responsibilities include:

  • Assists in assessment design and modeling processes
  • Leads data analysis efforts on both quantitative and, when appropriate, qualitative data
  • Manages datasets, processes collected data, and performs data analysis using an array of statistical software packages
  • Synthesizes the analysis to include institutional and practical knowledge to produce a comprehensive set of specific, tangible, and productive recommendations for each department within the OU and for communal partnering institutions
  • Plays an ambassadorial role, providing data-driven thought leadership to the larger Jewish community and an expertise to specific stakeholders

Competencies and Skills:

  • Master’s degree in psychology, sociology, education, anthropology, religious studies, or another relevant field
  • Strong qualitative research skills including protocol design, interview-coding, and participant-observation
  • Familiarity with impact analysis in multiple fields
  • A clear and effective writing and communication style
  • Thrives on creative ambiguity and enjoys managing multiple ongoing projects – both short- and long-term
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • A commitment to ongoing learning and their own professional development as well as that of their colleagues
  • Sensitive to and curious about a wide range of people and phenomena

Compensation Package:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 20% time to work on one’s own project related to the broad mission of the Center
  • Generous professional development stipend
  • Live anywhere in North America (within 40 miles of an international airport)

Position may require up to 10% Travel

This is a senior level position with the ability to help build the agenda and capacity of the Center as it grows over the next two years.