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Research Associate 

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Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) seeks a qualified, intellectually curious candidate to help us produce and advance research on community development financial institutions (CDFIs). The Associate, Research will be a key member of OFN’s research department, reporting to the Senior Vice President, Research. They will be responsible for contributing to OFN’s research agenda and for helping to maximize the use of data and research to elevate the work of CDFIs. The Associate will be mentored as they learn about CDFIs and develop professional skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, analytical thinking, oral communication and writing, and project management.

 

OFN is a leading national network of CDFIs, headquartered in Washington D.C. In pursuit of our mission to align capital with social, economic, and political justice, OFN supports its 360+ member CDFIs with money, strength, and voice to drive transformational change in underserved rural, urban, and Native communities nationwide. We help money flow to people and places where traditional finance doesn’t reach. As a financial intermediary, OFN secures private capital for CDFIs through strategic partnerships with numerous partners.

 

OFN builds the strength of its membership and other CDFIs through financial products and services, events, training, research, policy advocacy, and visibility. Currently OFN has an on-balance sheet loan portfolio of $150 million and manages capital on-and off-balance sheet of nearly $1 billion and has plans to bring additional $1 billion in new private capital to the industry.

 

To learn more, visit www.ofn.org

 

People who work at OFN come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. If you have:

 

  • Passion for the mission and true believer in our core purpose.
  • Courage to be a fearless advocate who is confident and resilient in our fight to drive capital into low-income communities.
  • Smart, quick seekers of knowledge who thrive on creating and developing new strategies, products, and programs for increasing capital to communities we serve.
  • Desire to be a collaborative team player who possesses humility and a willingness to lean in all areas of our work.

 

Come be a part of our growing diverse, highly committed, skilled, and collaborative staff.

 

This position is based in Washington, D.C. All staff currently work a hybrid schedule.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collect, clean, manage, and analyze quantitative data and perform statistical analyses using standard statistical software packages.
  • Assist with fielding OFN’s annual survey to its CDFI members, which includes updating and programming the survey questionnaire, answering respondents’ questions, validating, cleaning, and analyzing survey data, and developing publications.
  • Help to maintain quantitative databases that store data collected by OFN and publicly available data from the Census, CDFI Fund, Small Business Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and other sources.
  • Assist with qualitative data collection by developing interview guides, scheduling interviews, taking interview notes, conducting interviews, and helping to summarize interview data.
  • Assist in the development and execution of project timelines and coordinate with colleagues to complete tasks.
  • Track and assist in fulfilling data requests submitted by other OFN departments, CDFI members, and external partners.
  • Produce data visualizations to summarize and report on research findings.
  • Assist in developing research publications by drafting sections and preparing exhibits and tables.
  • Write blog posts to communicate research findings to diverse audiences.
  • Conduct literature reviews and keep abreast of current research on CDFIs.
  • Provide administrative support to the research department.
  • Assist with other research activities as requested.
 
Position Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or 5+ years direct work experience required in lieu of a degree.
  • 1-2 years of demonstrated work experience or internship experience required.
  • Experience with statistical packages (e.g., Stata, R) and database management software (e.g., SQL, Access) is required.
  • Experience with geographic information systems (GIS), data visualization software (e.g., Tableau, Power BI), and survey software (e.g., Qualtrics) is preferred.
  • Ability to perform quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Excellent writing, oral communication, and analytical thinking skills.
  • Substantive knowledge and interest in community development, CDFIs, financial institutions, and nonprofits.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion.
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, balance the demands of working on multiple tasks simultaneously, and collaborate on teams.
  • Light travel required (<5% of time).
  • Job involves normal physical requirements for an office position.
  • No extraordinary physical requirements beyond ability to travel.

 

EOE/AA/D/V

Supervisor: SVP, Research FLSA Status: Exempt

To apply, visit our application portal at https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=4558178 and upload your resume and cover letter. Be sure to complete the entire application for consideration.

 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Washington D.C.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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