[JOB OPENING]: Research Coordinator


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Position: Research Coordinator
Application Deadline: January 12, 2014
Start Date: February 14, 2014

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) seeks a Research Coordinator who will be responsible for the coordination of multi-state and multi-institution research projects. This position’s primary research focus will be risk analyses of sustainable farming practices. This position will contribute to RAFI’s work to expand use of sustainable production and risk management practices. A successful candidate will have experience in quantitative data analysis, be highly organized, and have a strong attention to detail.

The Organization: The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA’s mission is to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms. RAFI works nationally and internationally, focusing on North Carolina and the southeastern United States. RAFI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pittsboro, North Carolina. For more information, visit our website at www.rafiusa.org.

Principal Responsibilities:
· Coordinate research activities on multiple projects with multiple research institutions and project partners
· Develop research designs
· Identify data sources
· Develop research surveys
· Develop farmer focus group protocol
· Maintain and form new relationships with stakeholders and project partners
· Organize farmer outreach and education
· Report research findings
· Monitor budgets
· Report project expenditures
· Provide reports and updates to fundraising staff
· Design and manage personal work plan
· Monitor progress toward grant deliverables
· Draft reports to funders

Minimum Qualifications:
· Basic familiarity with principles of sustainable agriculture
· Strong research design and quantitative data analysis skills
· Familiarity with participatory research models
· Experience organizing stakeholder input processes
· 1 to 2 year of related work experience
· Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, or a closely related field

Preferred Qualifications:
· Basic familiarity with principles of sustainable agriculture
· Strong research design and quantitative data analysis skills
· Familiarity with participatory research models
· Experience organizing stakeholder input processes
· Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or related field
· 2 years of related work experience

Compensation: This is a full-time position with competitive salary and generous benefits.

EOE: RAFI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from diverse groups.