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 ecosystem 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 Research Associate will support all aspects of the Center’s research agenda, with a focus on quantitative projects. Major responsibilities will include managing data collection, performing statistical analyses, and helping to write and review reports and presentations. This position is a good fit for someone who has educational and employment background in quantitative data analysis and experience undertaking projects involving collaboration with multiple partners. This is a full time role with potential for growth.


Major Responsibilities:

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

The specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide support for all aspects of the research process, including study design, data collection and dissemination
  • Conduct literature searches and reviews
  • Assist in developing and programming survey instruments
  • Manage survey data collection process, including phone and email communication with research participants
  • Process collected data and manage datasets
  • Perform data analysis using statistical software packages
  • Code and interpret qualitative survey data
  • Assist in developing and preparing reports and presentations for a variety of audiences


Competencies and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree (required). Master’s degree in psychology, sociology, economics, applied statistics or other related social science field preferred
  • Basic quantitative skills and experience with at least one major statistical software package (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R)
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint (required). Experience with a survey platform a plus
  • A clear and effective writing and communication style
  • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • A commitment to ongoing learning and professional development
  • Sensitivity to and curiosity about a wide range of people and phenomena


Compensation Package:

  • Competitive salary
  • Live anywhere in North America (within 40 miles of an international airport). Boston–Washington corridor or Greater Los Angeles preferred.
  • Travel opportunities to conduct research
  • Opportunity to help execute an exciting research agenda that will inform communal program and policy choices