The Orthodox Union’s Center for Communal Research invites applications for an
applied research position.
About: The Center for Communal Research
The Center for Communal Research advances the OU’s obligation to better understand and
serve the Jewish community by developing a high-quality base of knowledge and insights
from a rigorous, responsive, and responsible mixed-methods research and evaluation
The Center’s work falls into three major categories that address significant needs for the
1. Conducting research on American Jewry generally with an emphasis on Orthodox
Jews’ lives and institutions.
2. Performing internal evaluations that assist in the strategic development and
enhancement of OU departmental programs, our partner organizations, and the
larger Jewish ecosystem in which we operate.
3. Facilitating structured conversations and convenings that use our research and
evaluation findings to generate and enhance our programs and institutions.
The Principal Research position leads programmatic, communication, and research
initiatives. The Principal Researcher works in a leadership capacity to devise and implement
the vision, strategy, and goals of the Center for Communal Research and its affiliated
partners. Key responsibilities include assisting in strategic planning, research and
evaluation, academic and public outreach programming, and relationship cultivation. Other
responsibilities include: managing summer and academic year undergraduate research
internships, facilitating the strengthening intellectual community among our stakeholders
and partners, developing and managing the Center’s communications strategy within the
OU as well as among regional, national, and international networks, and administration of
our research and educational events.
This is a work remote position limited to North America, within reasonable driving
distance of a major airport. The Principal Researcher will report to the Director of the
Center for Communal Research.
In this role you will:
• Coordinate and help conduct research activities by evaluating strategy, collaborating
with partners, and responding to research participants and other departmental staff.
• Write and edit content for proposals, publications, and other program activities.
• Assist with the development of research grants, (i.e., may suggest new funding
opportunities, write portions of grants, and/or summarize data for grant support).
• Represent the center and function as the key contact and subject matter expert within
a department, unit or program and develop communications for internal and external
• Organize and/or participate in outreach activities such as events, partnerships,
fundraising, training, and conferences.
• Lead workshops and facilitate meetings.
• Oversee and train student interns.
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
• Master’s and two years of relevant employment experience or combination of
education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree in a social science,
religious studies, business intelligence or a related field of study preferred.
• Program administration and/or research experience required.
• Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and analytical skills.
• Ability to oversee and provide basic organizational operations.
• Literacy in Hebrew and/or Yiddish a plus.
• Knowledge of the Orthodox Jewish community also helpful.