Job Announcement: Research Associate

Goodwin Simon Strategic Research (GSSR) is seeking a Research Associate to work with the firm’s Bay Area partner and senior research directors in our strategic research efforts.

GSSR is a progressive, independent public opinion research firm that conducts cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative research to advance social change. Our research team brings their expertise in politics, public policy, and communications to clients in the public and private sectors, political candidates and ballot measures, public sector agencies, nonprofit and issue advocacy organizations, foundations, and labor unions. Over the last dozen years, we have developed a whole new approach to public opinion research, message development, and message delivery. We work on a wide range of social justice issues both in the United States and internationally.

The Research Associate plays a key role assisting in all stages of the research process, including:

  • the development of qualitative and quantitative research instruments;
  • drafting messaging materials for testing;
  • conducting analysis of survey and focus group findings;
  • producing toplines and findings presentations;
  • drafting report content;
  • conducting media and literature reviews and other background research;
  • providing proofing and quality assurance throughout the research process;
  • and other project related responsibilities, as needed.

This position also provides occasional project-related guidance to the firm’s interns and project assistant.

Candidates with a passion for progressive politics and social change will find this role especially meaningful.

The successful applicant will have a college degree, and 3-5 years of professional work experience in public opinion research and/or strategic communications. We cannot emphasize enough how much this job requires strong organizational, writing, proofreading, editing, and multi-tasking skills; comfort working with numbers; and a strong attention to detail. The successful applicant will be able to balance many different responsibilities and meet quick deadlines in a small, hardworking office environment where multiple projects are occurring at the same time. Previous office experience, the ability to work independently, and computer skills – including experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) – are also necessary.

While not required, please include in your cover letter a description of your skills and experience if you have:

  • experience conducting advanced statistical analysis using SPSS
  • advanced bilingual writing and speaking skills in Spanish and/or Mandarin.

The position is located at our Oakland office, which is located on Franklin Street near the 19th Street BART Station.

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Salary commensurate with experience. Compensation also includes two weeks of paid vacation, paid holiday leave from December 24 through January 1, company-funded medical insurance, and a significant company-funded contribution to your retirement account. It is our expectation that this position would have the potential to develop over time into a role with more advanced responsibilities. To that end, GSSR would provide professional development and training in a variety of important and relevant skills.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Please, no phone calls.