Research Assistant

JUST Capital
New York, New York, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 08, 2021
Climate Change
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
The organization

JUST Capital is a nonprofit organization that is the leading platform for measuring and improving corporate performance in the stakeholder economy. Our mission is to build an economy that works for all Americans by helping companies improve how they serve all their stakeholders - workers, customers, communities, the environment, and shareholders. We believe that business and markets can and must be a greater force for good and that by shifting the resources of the $19 trillion private sector, we can address systemic issues at scale, including income inequality and lack of opportunity. Guided by the priorities of the public, our research, rankings, indexes, and data-driven tools help measure and improve corporate performance in the stakeholder economy. Our flagship product is America's Most JUST Companies, which is an annual ranking of companies in the Russell 1000 Index. The top 100 companies - or the JUST 100 - are published annually through our partnership with Forbes.

JUST Capital is supported by some of the country's premier foundations, including the Ford Foundation and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has forged partnerships with an array of elite research institutions, including MIT, Stanford, and The Harris Poll. The organization is chaired by hedge fund manager and philanthropist Paul Tudor Jones and is led by a high-profile board.

The opportunity

JUST Capital is seeking a Research Assistant who will be supporting pieces of work across all Stakeholders (Communities, Customers, Environment, Shareholders, and Workers). The candidate must have a passion for making corporate behavior more just, which is at the core of JUST Capital's mission. Candidates should have interest and familiarity with data-oriented research in the following areas:
  • Communities, human rights, community growth, and charitable giving
  • Customers, focused on customer privacy; customer treatment; non-harmful products; and transparent communication
  • Environment, focused on pollution reduction; climate change; and sustainable products
  • Shareholders, focused on ethical leadership; stakeholder value creation; and profit generation
  • Workers, focused on livable wages; workforce investment and training; diversity, equity, and inclusion; workplace safety; and benefits and work-life balance

  • Conduct background research on corporate behavior, helping develop metrics and identify best practices, sources, and subject-matter experts and conducting sample data collection
  • Collect company data on topics we measure at JUST for use in our annual rankings, trackers, or other products
  • Help develop programming for JUST Capital's internships and train interns on data collection on protocols
  • Assist with corporate engagement efforts by preparing analysis on company performance and discuss feedback with companies
  • Conduct basic analyses - such as summary statistics - of the data collected
  • Draft literature reviews, blog posts, issue briefs, and other internal- or external-facing written content
  • Stay abreast of recent developments in JUST-related fields that they support and brief relevant team members


Research Experience
  • Familiarity with ESG, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, or Stakeholder issues as it pertains to workers, communities, customers, products, environment, ethical leadership, corporate governance, or shareholders, with developing subject matter expertise in at least one area
  • Experience collecting large amounts of data
  • Prior experience or exposure to conducting qualitative or quantitative research
  • Willingness to learn coding (SQL, R, Python, or STATA) or some previous experience with coding

Skills and Characteristics
  • A commitment to JUST Capital's mission
  • Excellent written, analytical and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be self-directed with keen attention to detail and accuracy
  • Eagerness to learn about a broad range of issues
  • Comfortable working under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment with, at times, shifting priorities

Educational and Professional Background
  • An undergraduate degree in social science, political science, public policy, corporate responsibility, business, or other relevant field

  • To be considered for this position, submit your resume and cover letter addressing why you are interested in working for a nonprofit like JUST Capital and specific skills you bring to this role. In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to review our latest Research Methodology and 2020 Survey Report.
  • Applicants must also answer all form questions.
  • Applicants must have proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Select candidates will be asked to provide a writing sample meant for a broad audience and complete a brief assignment.

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