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Job Opening at the NCEO: Research Associate

Projected start date: August 22 to 31, 2016
Full time position with benefits
Please send application by August 12, 2016

The person in this position will support the NCEO's research projects, our employee surveys, and the effective use of our membership database. The person will need to work well with others, have strong data management and organizational skills, be able to communicate effectively in writing and in graphic presentation of data, and have a strong eye for detail.

About the NCEO

The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) is the nation's leading organization for resources and information about employee ownership. Our work includes publications, conferences, surveys and research, seminars, webinars, training, outreach, and more. We have about 3,200 member organizations, primarily consisting of employee-owned businesses, companies considering employee ownership, and service providers.

Staff members have considerable control over their own projects, working both independently and in teams. Unlike most nonprofits, we are primarily funded by membership dues and other revenue-generating activities. We operate with a high degree of transparency and expect all staff to be actively engaged in the organization. The environment is one of high expectations, entrepreneurship, and individual autonomy.

About Employee Ownership

Thousands of companies in the United States are owned in whole or in part by their employees. These companies, which often have more engaging, participative workplaces, tend to provide better benefits and wages, outperform traditional companies, preserve jobs, remain rooted in their communities, and stay in business longer. Employee ownership comes in many forms, including employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), various forms of equity compensation such as stock options, and cooperatives.

About the Position

The Research Associate will be involved in multiple projects, and the mix of responsibilities will change over time. For the first year, we estimate that roughly 50% of the person's time will be spent supporting the NCEO's research director on ongoing and new projects, roughly 20%, supporting the NCEO's director of culture and engagement on our employee surveys, roughly 20% managing our member data for communication and data quality, and roughly 10% doing general staff duties.

All three areas will involve three primary skills:

Examples of research projects include:

The two main projects related to the employee survey are:

The management of member data:

This position will also share general staff duties, such as keeping up with the status of the organization and our projects, supporting other staff members, attending our annual conference, some administrative work, and being actively engaged with staff meetings and discussions.

Depending on the future needs of the NCEO and the experience of the applicant, the new position may include additional responsibilities over time as the new staff member gains experience. Staff at the NCEO tend to have long tenure, and we believe in expanding the scope of responsibilities to keep ourselves growing and learning. The person in this role will be able to help determine the future scope of this job.


Compensation and Benefits

The compensation for this position consists of base pay and variable income pay. The base pay range is from $41,000 to $45,000 annually, depending on the scope of the responsibilities the person is able to accept when hired. The size of the variable pay depends on the performance of the organization and so it is not possible to predict. Based on prior years, this staff member should expect to receive an annual variable pay ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 (before tax), assuming satisfactory job performance. The bonus is received in three payments: one in February, one in July, and one in October. Given the uncertainty of the variable pay, the likely range for total starting annual compensation, including base and variable pay, is from $52,000 to $65,000 per year.

Employees also receive generous benefits, including 100% employer-paid health insurance (we offer a high-deductible plan and contribute to maximum allowed by law to health savings accounts for each employee), an automatic 3% employer contribution to a 401(k) plan (after three months), and work-schedule flexibility.

How to Apply

Applicants should browse and to learn more about us and employee ownership before applying. Address application materials to Loren Rodgers and send them as attachments to an email to with the subject line "Research associate." All applicants should send:

We will accept applications until at least August 12, and may continue to accept them after that until the position is filled.

The NCEO provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.