job posting: Researcher – FrameWorks Institute (Washington D.C.)

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The FrameWorks Institute — a nonprofit think tank that designs, conducts, interprets and explains communications research to advance the resolution of social problems — seeks a researcher to contribute to its iterative, multi-method research process, and to participate in its intellectual life. The Researcher will support the research division in data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of content and findings related to Strategic Frame Analysis® (SFA). The SFA approach stresses an iterative combination of research methods (qualitative and quantitative) that supports both descriptive and prescriptive investigations of public understanding, and of the power of frames to expand public thinking and discourse on social and scientific issues.

We are seeking an individual who is excited about engaging in multidisciplinary approaches to the study of how Americans think about a wide range of social issues (from adolescent development to global warming, race, and other topics) and how scientists, policy experts and advocates can do a better job of engaging the public in solutions to these issues.

The successful candidate should have significant experience using a range of research methods and analyzing data on a broad range of topics. Candidates must also have strong experience synthesizing multiple streams of data, presenting findings, and interpreting results for those who do not have backgrounds in the social or behavioral sciences. Candidates should have some familiarity with the scholarship on cultural models, the framing of social problems, and/or cognitive approaches to understanding how communications in general, and media in particular, influence public support for social programs and policies. Experience in ethnographic research, person-centered cognitive interviewing and/or experimental surveys is highly desirable.

Required Skills:

  • Master’s Degree required; Ph.D. preferred.
  • Training and significant experience in conducting qualitative or quantitative research and analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to distill and interpret complicated research findings and create clear, high-quality products for non-academic audiences.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent analytic, logic and organizational abilities.
  • Experience bringing implications from social science research to bear on applied questions and issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple concurrent deadlines.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary setting, or in synthesizing and interpreting the results of multi-method research.
  • Professional, enthusiastic, hard-working and “can do” attitude.
  • Capable of independently managing time and the tasks associated with a fast-paced research agenda and organizational objectives.


  • Conduct multiple forms of qualitative and/or quantitative research and data analysis to produce deliverables in written, video and oral form. Research methods will include: individual cognitive interviews, on-the-street interviews, group discussions, focus groups, expert interviews, quantitative experimental surveys and media content analyses.
  • Interpret research findings to generate applied communications recommendations.
  • Integrate research findings into a wide variety of application materials.
  • Contribute to academic papers, working papers produced by the Institute, and other written materials as necessary.
  • Master the presentation of FrameWorks’ communications perspective and past research findings and recommendations.
  • Read and assimilate all FrameWorks research and presentations explaining the SFA approach.
  • Participate in regular collaborative research meetings.
  • Contribute to ongoing process of developing innovative research methods.
  • Maintain a strong organizational posture to ensure the integrity of data and the analysis presented to clients.
  • Attend client meetings as necessary to explain research findings and aspects of the SFA approach.
  • Ensure the delivery of timely and high-quality responses to research questions by FrameWorks Director for Research, Vice President and other management staff.
  • Stay abreast of the scholarship in his/her field and contribute this information to the intellectual life and research initiatives of the Institute.
  • Travel up to 25% of the time required.
  • Other research tasks as assigned.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and personnel structure of the nonprofit FrameWorks Institute. Applicants should explain the relevance of the FrameWorks position to their career goals and past experience in a cover letter. Resumé with complete employment history and education background, plus relevant analytic and writing samples, should be submitted electronically to Review of applications will begin on June 26 and continue until the search process concludes. Please note that FrameWorks is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Please also check FrameWorks’ website ( to ensure position is still available before submitting.



The FrameWorks Institute conducts and publishes communications research to prepare nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, build public will, and further public understanding of specific social issues. For 15 years, the Institute has combined theories and research methods from the cognitive and social sciences to investigate how Americans view social determinants of a wide range of social conditions. These include health and health access, food quality and safety, education and digital learning, public safety, children’s issues, environmental degradation, oceans and climate change, racial disparities, immigration, budgets and taxes, and the role of government. This work has now expanded to influence NGOs working on these issues in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany and the U.K. In recent years, FrameWorks has developed an ever more sophisticated curriculum, including new online interactive courses, to help policy experts and advocates, scientists and community educators use this research to improve public understanding of complex social issues. Over this period, we have built an institution that is highly regarded in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, and have contributed to the development of a community of active framers who access and use our research to build public will and redirect public thinking. In 2015, FrameWorks was named one of nine Creative and Effective Organizations worldwide by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

June 8, 2015

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