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Children Now is a nonpartisan umbrella research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health, education and well-being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a grassroots network of more than 1,900 business, education, parent, civil rights, faith, and community-based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more at

Position Description

Children Now’s Research Fellowship seeks to increase the number of first generation low-income students and people of color pursuing advanced degrees that lead towards careers in social science and/or policy research. This fellowship program strives to promote and engage individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented within the social policy research discipline. With applied research experience, the fellow gains a breadth of knowledge on a multitude of cutting edge issues while learning how to affect change by communicating complex research to policymakers, professionals, and the public.

We are seeking a highly-motivated and detail-oriented Research Fellow to join Children Now’s Research Team for one year, May/June 2017 – May/June 2018. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in learning more about research and policy analysis in health, education, and child welfare. The position will report to the Research Manager and will be based in Children Now’s Oakland office.

Primary Responsibilities

The Research Fellow will work up to 30 hours per week on Children Now’s key research products including:

  • California Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, a county-level report that provides policymakers and community leaders with a snapshot of children’s well-being;
  • California Report Card: Setting the Agenda for Children, Children Now’s signature publication, which includes data reflecting the status of California’s children;
  • Additionally, the fellow will be an integral part of our work on the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Tasks may include: literature reviews; compiling and configuring data from secondary sources such as California Department of Education, American Community Survey, and California Health Interview Survey; error checking data; compiling notes and sources; preparing mailing and media packets; assisting with research briefings and presentations.

The Research Fellow will work closely with staff but will manage his/her projects independently, exercising good judgment, problem-solving skills, and superlative time management. Successful applicants have some work experience, are proficient with data analysis, are interested in policies and programs affecting children, and are resourceful, efficient, and reliable.


This position is intended for undergraduate students or recent college graduates who plan to purse a graduate degree in Public Health, Education, Public Policy/Administration, or related field.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Interest in and familiarity with policies affecting children and their families, particularly in health, education, and/or media;
  • Strong analytic, research and writing skills;
  • Data management and configuration experience using excel, or similar programs;
  • Knowledge of statistics, including at least one college-level statistics course;
  • Organizational and time-management skills, including ability to meet tight deadlines; and
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Preferably a graduate student in Public Health, Education, Public Policy/Administration, or related field.

Application Process

Please electronically submit a 1) cover letter (include position title), 2) resume, 3) one- to two-page writing sample to Please include your name in the file name for all documents (e.g. g.smith – resume).

E-mail applications with attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. We do not accept phone inquiries regarding the position; please do not call. Position open until filled.


Children Now is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to staff diversity. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

  Metro Area Oakland CA
  Job Location City Oakland
  Job Location State California
  Job Location Zip 94612
  Job Location Country United States
  Job Category Public Policy, Research
  Prefered Experience 0 year(s)
  Job Type Part time
  Job Posting Date Feb. 16, 2017

Organization Details

  Organization Name Children Now
  Organizational Focus Other Service Organization
  Contact Person Kathleen Skrainar
  Contact Phone (510) 763-2444
  Contact Fax (510) 763-1974
  Contact Email
  Web Address

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