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Research Assistant, General Research or Curriculum Development

Research Assistant, General Research or Curriculum Development

Note: The Research and Curriculum Development team will circulate RA job descriptions for specific projects when there is a hiring need.  At this time, we are collecting contact information for students who are interested in being notified via email when those opportunities are available later in the semester.

General Description

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative hires research assistants to support the Research and Curriculum Development team as specific project needs arise. These research assistants will work with members of the Initiative’s Research and Curriculum Development team to define the scope of their work, potentially including:

  • A review of existing literature on a specific topic area
  • A comparative review of curriculum products, including teaching cases, simulations, and multimedia teaching tools
  • A needs assessment to identify potential areas of future research or curriculum development related to city government
  • Background or desk research on data sources, tools, techniques, and promising practices that have been effective in diagnosing and addressing the cause and issues associated with a specific city challenge
  • Support in drafting text, creating data visualization, and other graphics to inform research reports or curriculum materials
  • Support and participate in interviews and focus groups with city leaders and prospective users of research or curriculum materials
  • A report on findings

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • Academic or professional experience aligned with the mission of City Leadership Initiative and the research topic
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Commitment to racial justice and equity
  • Strong communication skills, especially written
  • Comfort with ambiguity and a willingness to experiment with various approaches to solve problems
  • Flexible schedule, ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently; good time-management skills.
  • Persistent work ethic and self-discipline to stay on task
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