The Harvard Opinion Research Program (HORP), established in 1987 and headed by Senior Associate Dean Robert Blendon, focuses on measuring and understanding public opinion in the United States and in other countries using survey research methods. Core research activities include designing and conducting original opinion surveys, as well as reviewing and analyzing survey data collected by other organizations over the past 60 years. HORP’s polling efforts have been featured as lead stories in national media outlets such as National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Approximately a dozen surveys are conducted each year leading to reports, published papers, meeting presentations, and briefings. To date, HORP has conducted over 500 surveys in more than 20 countries and has amassed over 200 publications in the academic literature.
The Research Analyst in Public Opinion Research within HORP plays a leading role in the design and analysis of surveys as well as the writing of sophisticated reports, particularly those for media organizations, with an extremely high level of independence. These tasks involve a considerable amount of in-depth background research and a high level of discretion in analyzing and interpreting survey results.
1. Critically review and synthesize related research in areas where surveys are being done, from a variety of health and social policy fields. He/she would examine historical trends in polling data from 1950-present as well as peer-reviewed publications from relevant sources, a vital task in informing instrument design for current projects. To be successful in this task, the ideal candidate would possess a substantial knowledge of advanced research design and analytical approaches to survey data.
2. Play a leading role in the design and multi-layered review of complex survey instruments that meet established methodologies for polling research.
3. Write sophisticated reports conveying the results of these opinion surveys using a variety of word processing, statistical and graphical programs. Reports, which are usually between 15-20 pages in length, contain multiple tables/charts, statistical analyses and interpretation of results. They are aimed at editors of major media organizations and their reporters, and thus require concise and direct methods of analysis and presentation. In addition, these reports are widely circulated to the general public and the professional community.
4. Translate research findings to journalists, foundation executives and government decision-makers to ensure accurate interpretation of survey results. Additionally, is expected to edit for accuracy and clarity high-impact, high-visibility pieces written by journalists, which often reach over one million readers and listeners.
Please note this position has a term end date of 07/31/2017 with the possibility of renewal.
Bachelors in Political Science, Social and Health Policy, or a closely related field highly desired
3+ years of related research experience required
MA/MS in Political Science, Social and Health Policy, or a closely related field highly desired.
Advanced training in public opinion and survey research. Proven, strong written communications skills. Must be well-organized with willingness and ability to manage multiple project responsibilities simultaneously. Ability to work independently with minimal oversight, and also as an effective member of a team.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join Harvard Chan School to support our mission of health research & education and be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
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