Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
ProCon.org (online at www.procon.org), a Santa Monica-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues from health care, medical marijuana, and gun control to the death penalty, illegal immigration, and physician-assisted suicide. New topics are constantly in production.
The Researcher position requires significant research experience, strong computer literacy, terrific time management, demonstrated excellence in prior work and education, keen attention to detail, solid writing skills, knowledge of online content management (especially HTML), and an impressive ability to stay focused while working independently. Journalism, editing, and foreign language skills are a plus as are advanced degrees (MA, MPP, JD, PhD, etc.).
The candidate must be motivated, a self-starter, a team player, humble, non-defensive, resourceful, precise, intelligent, organized, mature, reliable, and hard working (being nice is also valued). Applicants must demonstrate a high level of initiative, creativity, productivity, motivation for work in public service and nonprofits, and take pride in high-quality work. The candidate must have strong media literacy, and must be prepared to interview VIPs in his/her topic areas.
While research is the primary role, all staff are also expected to complete various related roles depending on their skill sets and interests. Some of those roles include social media marketing, graphic design, public speaking, curricula development, coding, newsletter production, conference participation, videography/photography, fundraising, Google Analytics, and event planning.
The full-time position requires eight hours of work per day (40 hours per week) from our office a few blocks from the beach in Santa Monica near the Third Street Promenade. The Researcher reports directly to the CEO.
All employees get paid sick time, flexible work schedule, coffee/tea, and local discounts. Full-time benefits also include insurances (medical, vision, disability, life), retirement, parking (24/7), and paid vacation.
THREE REQUIRED ITEMS (AND AN OPTIONAL ONE) FOR APPLICATION
Candidates interested in this position should submit three required items:
1. a one-page critique of any one of the non-archived topics at www.procon.org. Applications without this critique will not be considered. Critiques should focus primarily on the site's content, but may also discuss presentation, approach, etc. What's missing? What could be improved? What's good? How's the sourcing? Etc. Give us your thoughtful feedback (pro or con) and back it up. We do not want your personal views on the site's topics (I am for the death penalty because...) or a summary of the subject (Proponents say X, but opponents say Y.).
2. a resume
3. a cover letter.
You may also submit an optional sample (3 pages max.) of your writing.
Completed applications should be submitted via email to jobs[at]procon.org and using the subject line "I'd like to work at ProCon.org."
No phone calls please. We do not work with recruiters. Only direct applicants will be considered. Given a high volume of job applicants, we will not necessarily respond to all candidates.
Thanks for your consideration.
Founded on July 12, 2004, ProCon.org has become the country's leading source for pro, con, and related research on controversial issues. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan public charity, ProCon.org uses professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards to explore more than 70 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy. Understanding issues using this structured methodology has been proven to help improve academic performance, increase civic engagement, bridge political divides, and stimulate critical thinking – the #1 skill sought by employers and educators.
The mission statement at ProCon.org is: "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format."
The award-winning ProCon.org website serves more than 20 million people each year, including students and teachers in more than 11,000 schools in all 50 states and 90 foreign countries. Additionally, 37 US state governments, 17 US state departments of education, 31 foreign governments, 25 US federal agencies, and thousands of media articles have cited ProCon.org.
For the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential elections, the voter information guides at ProCon.org attracted millions of readers. The New York Times ("Great Free Websites for Teaching Election 2012," Sep. 5, 2012) hailed the ProCon.org election site as: "The most comprehensive teaching tool for researching the candidate's stance on issues."
ProCon.org is a free public service that is entirely donor supported. The nonprofit rating agency Guidestar gives ProCon.org its highest Platinum rating. Great Nonprofits has declared ProCon.org a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" for the last 8 years in a row. The Library of Congress has archived ProCon.org for having "materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people."