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Community Researcher

Salt Lake City, UT

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Entry Level
Part time, Temporary
no work experience required
High School Diploma
Less than $20,000 per year

Published on 14 Nov 2019

Expires on 30 Nov 2019

Community Researcher

ORGANIZATION
At United Way of Salt Lake, we care passionately about the success of children. When challenges arise in our schools and communities, we rally and bring people together to transform current systems so our children can reach their greatest potential. 

To make this happen, we need your help! We are looking for passionate members of our community to join our Grassroots Leadership team to ensure that families and community voices can lead the way in transforming our communities. To do this, we engage community members to start conversations on what matters the most to them, and elevate their experiences to impact decision making processes.

Join our Grassroots Leadership team, you will serve as a Community Researcher. This is a paid part-time position. We are looking for community members who are curious and are passionate learners. If you enjoy listening to people’s stories and nurturing deep connections with fellow community members, this opportunity is for you!

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Learn about the lived-experiences of families in our neighborhoods through your own community-based research project

  2. Develop research questions pertaining to topics UWLS Network’s are focusing on, including math, reading, attendance, health, early learning, career and college readiness, and basic needs. 

  3. Listen to the community’s experience through a variety of avenues, such as interviews, art projects, focus groups, and others 

  4. Transcribe and properly store participant data 

  5. Draw connections across stories and experiences collected and present findings 

  6. Make phone calls, build relationships, and recruit folks to your research project

  7. Keep a log and record your interactions with members of the community

  8. Attend partner and community meetings, and help by taking notes, preparing agendas, and participating in discussions

  9. Perform public presentations

  10. Grow as a person, as a professional, and as a leader in your community

QUALIFICATIONS

  • You have a knack to investigate beyond the headlines and a curiosity to dig deeper into their causes

  • You value how precious people’s privacy can be and you uphold their confidentiality

  • You love meeting new people, making them feel at home, and building rich relationships

  • You know the value of paying attention to the little details such as remembering people’s names, and following up with people

  • When you witness a problem in your community, you tend to take the lead and do something about it

  • You are organized, accountable for your work, keep your own calendar, show up on time, and ready to help

  • You actively seek feedback, reflect on your work, and want to develop your craft as a community researcher

  • You have a sense of how privilege and identity constantly impact your work with communities

REQUIREMENTS

  • Understanding of the culture and realities of a historically marginalized community in South Salt Lake or Kearns

  • You have experience building relationships with your local community 

  • You have some experience discussing and leading conversations around community identified issues

  • You can write professional emails, and use computers to log information

  • You make this part-time position a priority for the 8-month duration

BENEFITS

  • A paid fellowship, around 15 hours a week, ends in June 2020

  • Flexibility in terms of when you work, as long as you maintain 15 hours a week, and are available at times and days of the week when members of the community are available to meet

  • Trainings in participatory action research, meeting facilitation, event planning, deep canvassing, and leadership development

  • Thoughtful and consistent coaching and mentoring

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The employee is regularly required to communicate clearly, in oral and written formats, with others in person, over the phone, and via other devices. The employee must be able to transcribe, read extensively, prepare and analyze data and figures, constantly operate a computer and other standard office machinery. The employee is required to regularly travel to offsite locations to set-up presentations and meet with community members. The employee must have the ability to lift, carry, push and/or pull objects weighing up to 50lbs.