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Senior Researcher or Researcher

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NCAI Policy Research Center


Washington, DC

Skills And Qualifications:

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) governments, people, and rights. For more information, visit the NCAI website at

The NCAI established its Policy Research Center (PRC) in 2003 as a national tribal research and policy center to focus on research and data to support and inform the policy development efforts of tribal leaders, tribal organizations, Congress, the Administration, and other policy institutions serving tribal communities. The PRC works under the guidance of a national advisory council to inform public policy debates with meaningful data and to assist in shifting the discourse in Native policy from a problem focused approach to a framework of truly proactive, future thinking strategy development.

The Senior Researcher or Researcher position (one position is available, title depends on experience) would support the PRC Director as a part of the NCAI PRC team, and would be responsible for helping the PRC achieve its mission in its work to ensure that data informs policy through the following activities: disseminating policy briefs, reports and updates on current policy research data; analyzing data to inform policy on tribally-driven priorities; supporting tribes as they build their research capacity; providing technical assistance to researchers working with tribes; promoting respectful tribal academic research partnerships in the context of tribal sovereignty; creating spaces in which tribes, researchers, federal agencies and other can connect, discuss, and collaborate on policy research; and convening stakeholders to discuss research/date that informs and supports strategic, proactive policy development. The incumbent will work on a team of 2-5 people and will report to the PRC Director.

Duties And Responsibilities:

Employee must possess:
• Advanced educational degree, minimum Master’s degree or doctoral degree in public policy, public administration, education, health, public health, law, economics or a related field;
• At least 3 years of experience conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research and program evaluation, analyzing data using statistical software, and data management;
• Demonstrated research project management skills, including grant writing, grant management, project work plans, timelines, budgets, organize meetings, develop meeting materials, coordinate communication with partners, manage timely completion of progress reports and deliverables, ability to work on multiple projects at once;
• Demonstrated skills in writing professionally and for community dissemination, design of graphs/charts, publication design and formatting, and producing online/social media content;
• Demonstrated skills in public presentations in both academic/research and community contexts,
• Positive attitude, positive teamwork approach, and ability to adjust to changing priorities and growing responsibilities, ability to take direction, work independently, take initiative within areas of responsibility, in a very team-oriented environment;
• Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills;
• Experience with and enthusiasm for working in fast-paced, dynamic, and high pressure environment with changing priorities and deadlines;
• Precision and attention to detail, and excellent time management skills;
• Ability to travel for PRC and NCAI meetings, conferences and activities.

The ideal candidate will also possess:
• Three or more years of experience conducting research with AIAN individuals or tribal communities, knowledge of research ethics and regulation issues in Native communities, experience working in tribal policy research

The primary duties of the Senior Researcher or Researcher include:
• Lead or participate in the design, management, conduct and evaluation of research projects
• Assist in the develop and oversight of research/data management policies
• Conduct analyses of quantitative/qualitative data from research projects/program evaluations;
• Develop policy briefs, reports and other written communications;
• Develop tools and deliver presentations on research regulation and ethics trainings;
• Manage all aspects of federal, non-profit or private grants,
• Assist in writing research grant applications and identification of potential sources of funding;
• Deliver presentations, coordinate webinars, trainings, and meeting/conference sessions;
• Assist PRC Director and other team members with other administrative, programmatic and research duties as assigned;
• Review and develop recommendations for comments to federal requests for comment;
• Supervise junior staff and fellows on PRC related work as assigned;
• Contribute to overall NCAI activities, such as general support of conferences and events, through completion of other team-based duties as assigned; and
• Other duties as assigned.

Salary And Benefits:

This is a salaried position that offers competitive salary and benefits (including health benefits, 401(k) plan, vacation time, etc.). Salary will be determined based on experience.

Contact Info:

Position will be required to be located at NCAI’s Washington DC offices and is open until filled. Initial application review will include all applications received by February 15. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (2-3 pages) and the names of three references, by email (preferred) to or mail to: National Congress of American Indians Attn: Yvette Roubideaux MD MPH 1516 P Street NW, Washington DC 20005 No phone calls please.

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