Student Analyst – Improving Foster Care

Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation

Student Analyst – Improving Foster Care

Job Description, Fall 2020

About the Beeck Center

The Beeck Center brings together experts and students to surface, accelerate, and scale promising social impact efforts that drive institutional-level change – that to us is impact at scale! These promising efforts are what we call “grasstop” level change in between “grassroot” efforts (such as a disruptive idea or advocacy efforts) and institutional efforts (such as government policy or corporate governance). 

To that end, we’re an experiential action hub at Georgetown University that helps accelerate positive and lasting social change through our projects within two main portfolio areas of fair finance and data + digital tools for the public interest technology community. All of our projects work with thought leaders (fellows) and students (our analysts) that provide an experiential hub to teach our scaling methodology. 

About this position

Student Analysts at the Beeck Center are motivated self-starters looking to drive social change at scale. They are passionate, responsible, detail-oriented, and intellectually curious. As an Analyst, you will be expected to contribute to team efforts, requiring flexibility and a strong work ethic. 

The Student Analyst – Improving Foster Care position is designed to specifically support one of our Fellows focused on the Improving Foster Care project under the Data + Digital portfolio. At the same time, you are charged to connect this work to the larger Beeck Center portfolio, which is focused on social impact by employing the tools of data, finance, and policy. 

We care deeply about the academic, professional, and personal development of our Student Analysts. The Student Analyst experience centers on experiential learning, where you learn through applying theory to your project-based work at our Center. We complement the experiential learning component with further professional development opportunities, such as conferences and workshops. Finally, you will participate in introspective exercises that are designed to help you discover and design your personal pathway as you embark on your career and (hopefully!) undertake a journey in the social impact space. 

Responsibilities

We are recruiting one (1) Student Analyst to work with Beeck Center’s Data + Digital Fellow Emily Tavoulareas and project collaborator Marina Nitze, a Public Interest Technology Fellow at New America.

The Child Welfare Playbook is a collection of creative practices that lead to tangible improvements and efficiencies in support of foster children and families, documenting proven best practices that can be easily replicated and scaled by practitioners across the country. These best practices are sourced from, and tested by, members of our Child Welfare Working Group–a growing group of people dedicated to improving how foster care works for children and families. We are looking for someone who can help us manage this growing group of people, and capture the best practices they identify.  

The Student Analyst will support this research and evaluation as follows:

  • Onboard new working group members
  • Schedule monthly working group calls and interviews 
  • Prep and manage the working group calls
  • Take (and share) detailed notes 
  • Analyze interview notes to identify best practices and other patterns
  • Design the working group deck (presentation of themes / patterns / insights from interviews)
  • Build on the playbook, adding new chapters after each month’s working group call

In addition to the specific responsibilities related to the Improving Foster Care project outlined above, Student Analysts will integrate their work with the broader Beeck Center team and portfolio. Moreover, this position will assist with core functions such as communications, synthesis, and operational tasks, related to the data collaborative. 

Eligibility

You must be a current or incoming undergraduate or graduate student at Georgetown University to apply. This position is the right fit for you if you are looking for a challenge and want to grow professionally. 

We are looking for candidates with a strong combination of skills and abilities, with an emphasis on strong writers and students with research and analytical skills and professional workplace experience. Applicants with an interest and experience (related coursework and/or employment) in data, business, and/or finance are encouraged to apply. This position is paid (details below) and students on work-study are encouraged to apply.

The Beeck Center strongly encourages those who hold the following intersecting identities to apply: Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, poor or working class, persons living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, undocumented, speak English as a second language, and others with lived experience in overlooked and/or underestimated communities.

Qualifications

Ideal candidates are comfortable with a start-up work environment and strive to tackle social challenges greater than themselves. An understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the social sector is preferred, but not required. Knowledge of ongoing efforts in areas such as policy innovation, innovative social finance, and data for social good is a plus. 

In addition, the following skills and abilities are desired:

  • Strong organizational, writing, analytical, speaking, and interpersonal skills; attention to detail is a must
  • High level of professionalism is a must
  • Strong technology and digital skills, and experience hosting webinars on Zoom is a must.
  • Experience with content strategy and writing for the web is a plus 
  • Visual design abilities and experience with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus
  • Programming skills are a plus
  • Prior experience in public, private, and nonprofit sectors is a plus

***Positions involve access to confidential material. Discretion, maturity, and confidential management of all incidental information acquired on the job are essential.

Hours and Compensation

During the fall semester, student analysts can work up to 20 hours/week, though typically hours fall in the 10-15 hours/week range. Applicants must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week. Wages for hourly student employees are based on Georgetown University’s Student Employment Office guidelines, starting at minimum wage for undergraduates ($15/hr) and $20/hour for graduates.

To Apply

Please submit your application through this Google Form. Please be sure to upload your (1) resume and (2) a writing sample (both required), as per the instructions of section II of this online application form. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with final applications due Sunday, August 9 at 9pm. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. We are planning for a start date of September 14, though please note that this may be subject to change and your preferences, as identified in the survey, will be taken into account.

For questions, please check out our FAQ and if you don’t see the answer, you can send questions through our form, here. If you have any specific questions about this position, please contact Vandhana.Ravi@Georgetown.edu.

Location – Remote Work

Please also note that the Fall 2020 Student Analyst Program will take place in a remote and distributed work environment. The Beeck Center’s team, including students, will NOT have an on-campus presence in the fall semester. Applicants should be prepared to work in a remote environment and through this experience, you will learn how to effectively work on a distributed team.

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Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown’s commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement

The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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