EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time
TO: Associate Director of Resource Development & Impact Evaluation
To all prospective applicants please be aware, effective Friday, September 10, 2021, The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) will require that all employees, volunteers, and onsite contractors provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian
organization established in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically
competent, trauma-informed social services. Across our ten locations, we
empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully
acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in the
community. While we support anyone who walks through our doors, over nearly 25
years, we have developed expertise in serving the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim,
and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant and refugee communities.
works across four priority areas—Promote, Get Ready, Prevent, and
Communicate—to achieve our ultimate goal of strengthening families. AAFSC
promotes mental and physical wellbeing, food security, healthy relationships,
and family reunification. We get our families ready to succeed, work, and lead
productive lives. We prevent domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect by
counseling families, offering case management services to victims of violence,
and cultivating healthy relationship skills in young people. Finally, AAFSC
communicates the needs of the marginalized, amplifying their voices for
AAFSC is seeking a Research
Assistant to support our emerging Research Institute initiative. The Research
Assistant will work within the Resource Development team and play a key role in
supporting the growth of our research and communication activities while
helping to tell the story of AMEMSA immigrant and refugee communities through
data and research. This individual will report to the Director of Resource
Development and Impact Evaluation and provide direct support conducting
background research, drafting reports and summaries, synthesizing data,
conducting interviews and focus groups, and supporting our external
communication efforts. This role offers a unique opportunity to apply research
practices in a non-profit, culturally-responsive, and mission-driven
organization while contributing to the expansion of research activities that
document and communicate the experiences of traditionally undercounted and
underrepresented groups. A successful
person in this role will have a background in research (academic or
professional), demonstrate strong writing and presentation skills, and be
comfortable taking initiative and solving problems creatively. A commitment to
immigrant, refugee, and low-income communities is essential for this role.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Support with background research on existing
data sources and assist in compiling and managing data for research and
· Compile existing literature for Literature
· Support with coordination and management of
internal data collection operations for research initiatives, providing staff
support and data management.
· Conduct interviews with staff, community
members, and community leaders.
· Coordinate and facilitate focus groups within
· Support in drafting research summaries and
reports for public consumption.
· Manage, clean, and synthesize data and support
in data analysis and visualization.
Partner & Stakeholder
· Support the Resource Development team in
identifying and fostering partnerships with universities, government agencies,
and other entities for the purposes of research capacity building.
· Draft clear and persuasive proposals for
funding opportunities that seek to expand research partnerships and evaluation
efforts in non-profit settings.
Craft communication materials
to promote the Research Institute and its research outputs.
Contribute to AAFSC’s Impact
Tab, including through blog posts and updates on Research Institute expansion.
Coordinate events, forums, and
press statements that promote research findings and elevate AAFSC’s position in
local and national conversations about immigrant, racial, and gender justice.
Support with maintenance of the
Support in crafting external
communication, as needed.
Ambassador & Champion
Every AAFSC team
member serves as an ambassador of the organization and champion of AAFSC’s
mission, vision and values. This includes the following:
o Cultivate relationships on behalf of and in
support of the organization in partnership with Senior Leadership and the Resource
Development team. This includes being sensitive to and aware of others,
providing every client, partner and participant with high-quality service,
professional communication, and follow through, and always keeping Senior
Leadership and the Resource Development team aware of any opportunities,
challenges, or updates.
o All team members are expected to support the Resource
Development team with any requests in a timely manner, including, but not
limited to: grant applications, reports, attendance at meetings, hearings, or
other events, and sharing of AAFSC social media, flyers, and other
o Always act with integrity, positivity, dedication,
and professionalism within the office and externally. This includes, but is not
limited to, email communication, verbal communication, communication with
colleagues and peers, communication with clients, or communication with
external partners or agencies.
Other Duties &
AAFSC meetings and trainings, as well as any off-site meetings and trainings
assigned by supervisor.
other duties assigned as necessary.
BACKGROUND AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS
conducting or assisting with qualitative and quantitative research, in academic
and/or professional settings.
Microsoft Excel; experience in data analysis platforms such as SPSS, SQL,
Tableau, etc. is a plus.
and editing skills; strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
the ability to work independently, and as part of a team, in a fast-paced
time-management, follow-up, and administrative skills with a strong attention
attitude with ability to hit the ground running.
AAFSC’s mission and vision.
working with immigrant, refugee and low-income communities preferred.
proficiency in AMEMSA language(s) (such as Arabic, Bangla, Urdu, or Hindi)
We are an equal opportunity employer that
values diversity at all levels. All individuals are encouraged to apply.
Arab American Family Support Center is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled