Research Fellow, Career Pathways Research


Department:       Research    
Reports to:         Senior Director or above

Summary of Responsibilities

 As a member of the Research Department, the Research Fellow participates in project teams conducting research focused on the career pathways of high-potential employees. The Research Fellow will primarily focus on data cleaning, creating analysis plans, conducting data analysis, and writing summaries of research findings.

Essential Functions.

  •  Data management and analysis (primary).
    •  Cleans data and creates variables in preparation for data analysis.
    •  Proposes new approaches for measuring significant milestones in career paths and identifying the highest achievers, using longitudinal data.
    • Conducts sophisticated data analysis in SPSS mapping career paths, and summarizes results.  Literature review and knowledge presentation (secondary).
    • Conducts in-depth social science and business literature reviews; annotates and summarizes articles.
    • Drafts sections of reports and working papers.
    • Drafts presentation materials for internal and external audiences.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrates excellent data analysis skills using SPSS (required).
  • Demonstrates ability to work with longitudinal data.
  • Has knowledge in a topic area or areas related to Catalyst’s work.
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates organizational and project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Applies creative problem-solving and analytical skills to research projects.
  • Functions effectively in a team-based environment, as well as independently.  
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Can juggle multiple project responsibilities and meet deadlines.
  • Works collaboratively across levels, departments, and geographies in an increasingly virtual working environment.
  • Displays strong initiative, follow-through, and problem-solving skills.

Working Conditions

  • Tight deadlines.
  • Multiple priorities.
  • Work with confidential issues and data.
  • Multiple reporting relationships.
  • Virtual teamwork and collaboration.

Education and Experience

This position requires at least one year of graduate-level coursework completed in a relevant social science discipline (i.e., economics, sociology, psychology, women’s studies, or business). Advanced SPSS skills required, experience working with longitudinal data preferred, through advanced methods/statistics coursework or practical experience.

Application Instructions

Please email your resume, cover letter, and salary history to [email protected] with “Research Fellow-Career Pathways” in the subject line.