Pew Forum Overview The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, launched in 2001, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Pew Forum conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around the world. It also provides a neutral venue for discussions of timely issues through roundtables and briefings.
Position Summary The data manager is responsible for the acquisition, entry and management of data and metadata for the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures (GRF) project. The GRF project aims to increase people's knowledge of religion around the world through public opinion surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research. The data manager handles all aspects of data management for the GRF Web site, coordinating with the Web, creative, editorial and outside vendor teams. This position reports to senior researcher Brian Grim, and works closely with other researchers on staff. Primary Responsibilities Research Data Management (60%) • Improve current systems of cataloging, organizing and managing all data collected and produced for the GRF project. • Improve current research databases, data entry forms and protocols for survey data output as well as demographic and religious restrictions data. • Identify, acquire and enter data for GRF projects. • Automate data entry processes for survey data output as well as demographic and coded data as much as possible and perform and/or supervise data entry. • Develop and manage mechanisms and protocols for sharing data with cooperating researchers and projects external to the Forum. • Develop and manage mechanisms and protocols for sharing datasets with the public.
Web site Data Management (40%) • Participate as a member of the project planning and development team for the GRF Web site, with Web, editorial, technology, communications and outside vendor staff. • Design and manage a relational database that will contain the information to be displayed on the GRF Web site, including interactive survey, demographic and coded data, as well as static graphics, images and text. • Develop methods to standardize data and database design so that new survey output and other research data can be added to one centralized and integrated database. • Develop strategies to produce static and interactive Web site charts, tables, maps and content off the common relational database. • Ensure that all data are properly labeled and normalized in such a way to make the static and interactive charts, tables, maps and content accurately display on the Web site, including in such applications as Geographic Information System (GIS) maps, mashups and newsfeeds, as well as tables and charts that allow comparisons of levels of information between and within countries. • Provide quality assurance for the Web data and work with the Forum’s Web staff and vendor to ensure that data are accurate and displaying correctly on the Web site. • Update the Web database as new surveys and datasets are completed. • Ensure that appropriate updates are made to the GRF country, region and topic Web pages as information changes and develop a process for regular review, including text associated with the Web pages.
Education/Training/Experience • Master’s degree or equivalent experience required. • 3-5 years experience designing, managing and administering research databases. • Prior experience in public policy research and/or sociology of religion a plus. • Familiarity or experience with survey or demographic research a plus. • Excellent computer and Web skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database programs required.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements • Advanced relational database skills, including database design and programming. • Excellent quantitative skills, including an ability to use SPSS, Stata and other statistical programs to organize and analyze large amounts of data. • Knowledge of HTML and advanced Web-based technologies, in particular using these to provide interactive access to relational databases. • Experience with GIS software and displaying geo-coded data in Web-based applications. • Great attention to detail and accuracy. • Strong written and verbal communication skills. • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects. • Must be very results-oriented. • Must be proactive and able to anticipate needs. • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a fast-paced, team-oriented professional environment.
Application Procedure Applicant should send a complete resume and cover letter (indicating where you learned of the opening).