Job Opening at the NCEO: Research AssociateProjected 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 NCEOThe 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 OwnershipThousands 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 PositionThe 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:
- Data management: maintaining databases, including adding new data, transferring the data across platforms, and ensuring the ongoing quality of the data. This involves everything from searching and compiling data from websites to organizing data in Excel using formulas.
- Using data: creating tables, charts, and text that describes the data; using membership data for communications, such as mailing lists and subsets of our member data for email communications; ensuring consistent look and style of PowerPoint slides, infographics, written articles, and pages on our website; proofing data and text.
- Communications: drafting various versions of our research findings for different audiences, creating summaries of research by others.
- Current practice surveys: The NCEO surveys employee-owned companies to monitor topics such as corporate governance practices, financial management, and executive compensation.
- Lists of companies: We use publicly available data and supplement it with company-by-company outreach to maintain the best available data on the identities, characteristics, and practices of employee-owned companies, including our Employee Ownership 100 list.
- Transfer data: We have conducted various versions of surveys for employee ownership at more than 100 companies and have collected data from over 15,000 respondents. That data is currently stored in two Microsoft Access files, and we want to move it into an easier to use format. The person in this position will work with others on staff to design the right solution and may be the person primarily responsible for the transition.
- Customizing surveys and generating reports: When a company uses our survey, we customize the survey and create an extensive report of their results for them so they can use the data and make improvements. The person in this position will learn to do much of the report writing.
- The health of this organization depends on the quality of the information we maintain on our members and potential members, and the person in this position will play a central role in continually ensuring data quality.
- The person in this position will continually expand the scope of information we maintain on different members and contacts, allowing us to better provide useful resources targeted to the appropriate person within each member organization. We hope, for example, to increase the number of contacts we have at each member company, to learn more about the characteristics of each member organization, and to gather more information about their areas of interest and expertise. We also want to add more prospective members into our database.
- Actual projects will depend on the organization's needs and the input of the person in this position, but may include working on projects such as membership renewals, gathering and managing meeting-related data, organizing employee survey data, and helping maintain our research databases.
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.
- Skills, training, and experience with data management including skills with Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with Microsoft Access and SPSS or other statistical package is a plus. Our ideal candidate will be familiar with database concepts, able to work with queries and forms, able to translate data to new formats, and be able to focus on detail necessary to maintain data accuracy.
- Ability to work effectively with volunteers and other organizations.
- Commitment to the objectives of the organization.
- Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team. Self-motivated and innovative, with a collaborative spirit.
- Strong written, in-person, and phone-based communication skills.
- Strong project management skills, attention to detail, excellent organizational skills.
Compensation and BenefitsThe 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 ApplyApplicants should browse www.nceo.org and www.esopinfo.org 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 email@example.com with the subject line "Research associate." All applicants should send:
- A cover letter explaining specifically why you want to work here (1 page maximum);
- A resume
- A short writing sample
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.