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Job Summary

Poverty Solutions

Launched in October 2016, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is a new interdisciplinary initiative that aims to become a leader in informing, identifying, and testing new strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty in Michigan, the nation and the world.
While rooted in an understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty, the focus of Poverty Solutions is an action-based research agenda. The initiative partners with community and policy makers to inform and test strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty.

 

Understanding Deep Disadvantage in America, Project Description

In partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a team of researchers from University of Michigan and Princeton University led by Luke Shaefer and Kathy Edin will be using ethnographic methods to learn about the lives of people living in the most deeply disadvantaged areas in the US. Previously, the team created an “Index of Deep Disadvantage” to identify these areas that took into account measures of poverty, health, and social mobility. More can be found about this methodology here. 

The goal of this work is to learn about the challenges residents of these areas face and possible solutions by embedding researchers in these communities for at least 2.5 months at a time and completing semi-structured interviews with residents. The team uses this data to develop hypotheses about contemporary dynamics at the community and individual levels. They then vet those hypotheses with community members and try to identify localized solutions to identified issues. More context about the work can be found here.

Responsibilities*

Poverty Solutions is seeking Fieldworkers to collect data across one or more sites that ranked as highly disadvantaged by the previously described Index of Deep Disadvantage. Working closely with Poverty Solutions staff, faculty experts, and master’s and PhD candidates, fieldworkers will be involved in activities such as:

•    Semi-Structured interviews (conducted virtually until further notice) in Englist and Spanish
•    Field visits and observations
•    Summarization of key themes from interviews and field observations
•    Literature Reviews on a wide variety of topics
•    Data Cleaning, preparation, collection, analysis
•    Updating existing reports
•    Support university-wide events

Many residents of the study area are primarily Spanish speaking. Thus, we are specifically looking for fieldwiorkers that are bilungual in Spanish and English.

Other responsibilities are flexible and can potentially be tailored to align with Fieldworker’s interest & expertise

Required Qualifications*

  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish and English
  • Part-time availability during weekdays between 9am-5pm EST, though some work may occur over the weekend
  • Experience and interest in qualitative research
  • Interest in cross-disciplinary approaches to poverty alleviation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Punctual and accurate communicator, responsive to email, phone calls or other communications from manager
  • Excellent organization with demonstrated attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and individually while meeting deadlines
  • Candidate will report to multiple supervisors and must be able to successfully manage a workload with multiple priorities.
  • Interest in being a part of a fast-paced initiative, with desire to be flexible and adapt to evolving priorities.
  • Works with initiative and proactively looks for new opportunities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work cooperatively and professionally with faculty and staff across the University of Michigan campus, with local and national partners, and to serve as a representative of the initiative.
  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish and English
  • Part-time availability during weekdays between 9am-5pm EST, though some work may occur over the weekend
  • Experience and interest in qualitative research
  • Interest in cross-disciplinary approaches to poverty alleviation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Punctual and accurate communicator, responsive to email, phone calls or other communications from manager
  • Excellent organization with demonstrated attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and individually while meeting deadlines
  • Candidate will report to multiple supervisors and must be able to successfully manage a workload with multiple priorities.
  • Interest in being a part of a fast-paced initiative, with desire to be flexible and adapt to evolving priorities.
  • Works with initiative and proactively looks for new opportunities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work cooperatively and professionally with faculty and staff across the University of Michigan campus, with local and national partners, and to serve as a representative of the initiative.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.