Education Research and Anxieties of Democracy: Program Assistant


The SSRC seeks a Program Assistant to work with both the Education Research Program and the Anxieties of Democracy program. The Program Assistant will support activities and senior staff in both programs.


The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications.

The SSRC’s Education Research Program is dedicated to advancing social scientific research on education and to mobilizing networks of scholars to develop resources that inform educational research, policy, and practice. Over the past decade, through its work on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Longitudinal Study, the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, and, most recently, the Measuring College Learning project, the program has established itself as a respected member of the K–12 and higher education communities. It is known not only for its contributions to scholarly knowledge but also for its commitment to building practical resources and data sources on learning environments and academic performance.

The SSRC’s Anxieties of Democracy program is motivated by a deep concern about whether the core institutions of representative democracies—elections, mass media, political parties, interest groups, social movements, and, especially, legislatures—that connect citizens and civil society to the political system can capably address large problems in the public interest. The program includes both a particular focus on US democracy and a global perspective on established democracies across the world. The Anxieties of Democracy program aims to mobilize existing research; promote new research; publish and disseminate findings; forge pathways for bringing this knowledge to policy, media, and public audiences; and provide opportunities for new generations of social scientists to address how to make democracies govern more effectively. The program currently mobilizes a set of working groups, manages a small grants program, and organizes outreach efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree in sociology, economics, history, psychology, education, public policy, political science, or a related field.
  • One to two years of administrative, research, or related work experience in a nonprofit or academic environment preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and a high degree of professionalism are essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with social media, web, and database development preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and respond flexibly to changing demands, including working on multiple projects at the same time.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (including Word, Excel, and Outlook), database management, and Internet applications.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


  • For Education Research, support overall administration of the program and the work of the senior academic advisor and program director. Serve as primary contact for program-related questions and correspondence.
  • For Anxieties of Democracy, work as part of a team, and report to its program director. This includes providing administrative support for working group activities and a small grants program.
  • Organize on- and off-site workshops and meetings. This includes handling logistical support, preparing meeting agendas and other relevant meeting materials, and coordinating and facilitating correspondence with participants and all relevant constituents during workshops and meetings.
  • Take minutes of complex discussions, and draft event summary notes.
  • Process payment requests for meeting participants, vendors, and program partners.
  • Work with budgets and financial reports, and process and reconcile expenses against budgets.
  • Assist with drafting program reports and proposals to funders.
  • Assist with the production of outreach materials.
  • Help expand the program’s online presence, which includes managing and updating program web pages and social media applications.
  • Other duties and additional responsibilities and projects as directed, depending upon interest and capacity.

Terms, Salary and Benefits

Annual salary is $33,000. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, vision, disability, life, and gym reimbursement; $1,500 annual tuition and/or student loan reimbursement; outstanding pension plan and tax savings programs; generous vacation and sick leave; and more.

Application Information

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and a brief work- or research-related writing sample to Please include “Education Research and AOD PA Search” in the subject line.