Learning for Action - Senior Research Associate

Type: Full-Time

County: San Francisco

Agency: Learning for Action

Agency Description:

Our Company

Learning for Action (LFA) is a San Francisco-based consulting firm that provides the social sector (nonprofit, philanthropic, and public organizations) with evaluation, research, strategy, and capacity-building services, with an emphasis on supporting the development of strong learning organizations. For nearly 20 years, LFA has worked with clients to design, implement, and evaluate strategies, initiatives, and programs that create meaningful social impact in the service of greater justice and equity. Our work spans a range of issue areas including, but not limited to: health and human services; early childhood, K-12, and higher education; youth development; community and economic development; justice system reform; and immigration. Ultimately, LFA’s services support the work of the social sector locally, nationally, and internationally to address the needs of communities affected by systemic oppression and inequities. Additional information about our dynamic and social justice-oriented company—including our mission, vision, and values—is available at our website www.learningforaction.com


We are currently conducting a search for a passionate, committed, skilled, and experienced Research Associate to provide support on a diverse array of team-based consulting and research projects. This is a rare opportunity to work with and learn from a high-performing group of people committed to equity and justice. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of LFA, thrive on enhancing the effectiveness of social justice organizations, and support the advancement of our rising consulting firm.


Our consulting projects are team-based. Projects are led and overseen by experienced Project Directors and managed by Project Managers. The Senior Research Associate will support project teams in the following ways:

  • Collecting, managing, and analyzing data

  • Using data to create charts and visuals and working with an in-house design resource to make them engaging

  • Taking notes at internal and external meetings

  • Developing and assisting in the design of survey instruments

  • Developing interview protocols and conducting interviews

  • Conducting literature reviews and other secondary research tasks

  • Writing report sections; assisting with editing as needed

  • Using technology to create efficiencies in creating and deploying client project deliverables

  • Coordinating and executing other project-related tasks as requested and needed

On most projects, the Senior Research Associate’s work will be managed and reviewed by a team Project Manager. As Senior Research Associates deepen their skills and experience, they have opportunities to take on more responsibility on projects, such as tracking project budgets and managing small projects with the close support and oversight of a Project Director or other senior colleague.


  • Commitment to our mission, our values of integrity, curiosity, collaboration, and compassion, and the pursuit of equity

  • A love of learning and an interest in contributing not just technical skills but critical thinking and your own unique perspective to consulting projects and internal company initiatives

  • An ability to work collaboratively with teams and communicate proactively and effectively

  • 1-3 years of research, evaluation, or strategic planning experience in a professional or academic setting

  • Understanding and appreciation of the history, strengths, and experiences of multiple communities, particularly those which experience systemic oppression

  • Experience designing basic research, evaluation, and/or strategic planning inquiry tools (e.g., interview protocols, survey instruments)

  • Experience with qualitative data, including conducting stakeholder interviews and analyzing qualitative data

  • Experience with quantitative data, including managing and analyzing quantitative data with accuracy and attention to detail

  • Experience creating charts, graphs, and formulas in Excel, and ability to follow instructions and custom templates provided

  • Experience developing engaging visual products and reports of findings, including infographics, slide docs, graphics,

    dashboards, etc.

  • Ability to format documents and presentations in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with efficiency and attention to detail

  • Strong writing skills, particularly using quantitative or qualitative data to tell a story

  • Demonstrated strong organizational and time management skills

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks on multiple projects, close communication loops, and thrive in a fast-paced


  • Ability to seek out, receive, and provide appreciative and constructive feedback with team members

  • Demonstrated efficiency and attention to detail in executing administrative tasks, such as scheduling, data entry, and note-taking

  • Be a U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or foreign national possessing a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. (Alien Registration or “Green Card”). Student visas and temporary work visas do not qualify.


  • Experience in a consulting environment and/or in positions supporting organizational learning

  • Experience with SPSS or other statistical analysis software

  • An active interest in prioritizing equity and dismantling white supremacy and all other forms of oppression and an eagerness to learn from and contribute to company-wide discussions on transforming white privilege

  • Fluency in speaking, writing, and reading Spanish or another language, including ability to translate to and from English

  • A valid driver’s license for travel to meetings when necessary

How To Apply

Those interested should apply via our online form.

In the cover letter field, please indicate how you learned about this position. We will only review applications submitted via our website. We apologize that we are unable to field emails or calls about this opportunity during the application process.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm on September 27, 2019.

Our hiring process and timeline:

  • We will review applications after the application period closes.

  • We will contact candidates for phone interviews in early to mid-October

  • We will conduct a first round of in-person interviews in late October to early November

  • If you are invited for an in-person interview, we may ask you to subsequently complete an assessment that we will provide

  • We will conduct a second round of in-person interviews in November

  • We will request and check references for finalists following in-person interviews

  • We would like to have the selected candidate start in December