Director of Applied Research

    Woodstock Institute
    July 10, 2019


    The Director of Applied Research designs and conducts applied research projects to examine the relationships between economic and demographic characteristics and disparities in access to economic opportunity and to support Woodstock Institute’s policy advocacy. The position gives qualified research professionals an unusually good opportunity to see the results of their research have an impact in policy changes. 

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Design and conduct applied research projects in support of Woodstock Institute’s mission
    • Produce and publish reports, Community Lending Fact Book, fact sheets, and presentations
    • Supervise research team, including updates of online Data Portal and Mapping Tool and operation of Technical Assistance Program
    • Play a major role in foundation, corporate, and contract fundraising, including writing grant proposals and reports, responding to RFPs, and soliciting and implementing research contracts
    • Stay abreast of developments in the field and participate in professional development activities
    • Participate in communications, media, and advocacy outreach
    • Collaborate with local and national colleagues on research and coalition work
    • Other duties, as assigned



    • Experienced researcher with a graduate degree in economics, urban planning, policy, or related field, with strong quantitative research and analysis skills
    • At least 5 years’ experience in research and policy advocacy in areas of fair lending, wealth creation, community development and/or financial systems reform, including work with HMDA, CRA, mortgage, small business, and consumer lending data, and public data at the local level
    • Excellent English language writing, public speaking, and presentation skills; demonstrated ability to write, edit, and publish research reports and related policy recommendations
    • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice issues, as evidenced by professional or personal work
    • Warm and collaborative interpersonal skills; comfortable with diverse groups, including community groups, nonprofit advocates, funders, policymakers, regulators, and academics
    • Ability to work independently and to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines
    • Fundraising and grant writing/reporting experience
    • At least 2 years’ experience in hiring, training, and supervising junior staff and/or interns
    • Punctual, reliable, and willing to put in extra hours, when necessary
    • Willing and able to travel within the state and across the country


    • Ph.D. in a related field
    • Spanish language skills would be a plus


    Salary depends on experience and qualifications. Starting range for a person with a master’s degree and minimum required experience is $75,000.

    How to Apply

    To apply, send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three professional references to Patricia Woods-Hessing, Administrative Director, Deadline to apply is midnight Central Time on August 9, 2019.