Research Assistant

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 04

Position description

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for an innovative and passionate individual to join our team and inspire citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide conducts work on genocide and related crimes against humanity and is guided by the Committee on Conscience (COC), a standing committee of the USHMM Council. The COC was established to alert the national conscience, influence policy makers, and stimulate worldwide action to confront and work to halt acts of genocide or related crimes against humanity.

The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide (Simon-Skjodt Center) at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is seeking to hire a Research Assistant responsible for performing research in support of the Museum’s work to foster the field of genocide prevention and to educate policy makers and the public about the need and possibilities for preventing genocide and mass atrocities in at-risk places in the world today. The incumbent performs research in support of the Simon-Skjodt Center Research Director, other Simon-Skjodt Center staff and fellows, and other Museum departments.

This is a full-time donated position (non-Federal) paid with the Museum’s private funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides assistance to multiple Simon-Skjodt Center research projects. Specific assistance tasks will be varied, often including preparing short summaries of scholarly literature, monitoring and summarizing developments in countries at high risk of mass atrocities, coding qualitative information into structured data, and preparing detailed notes from interviews and other meetings.
  • Works closely with the Research Director and Associate to conceive new research projects, identify potential collaborators, and develop operational plans.
  • Prepares and edits, and assists the Research Director in preparing and editing, a range of written products, including memos, reports, articles, papers, presentations, proposals, prospectuses, correspondence, and talking points.
  • Attends, participates in, and reports on meetings, conferences, symposia, and other convenings on behalf of the Simon-Skjodt Center. Gives presentations on the work of the Simon-Skjodt Center and related issues to public, policy, and academic audiences, and interacts with Museum visitors and others interested in the Simon-Skjodt Center’s work.
  • Liaises and coordinates with the Simon-Skjodt Center and Museum staff and contractors and with outside partners to develop contracting and fellowship agreements, plan and execute events, and facilitate publication of research reports.
  • Assists in preparing project timelines, cost estimates, and contact databases. Tracks costs, plans and coordinates logistics, prepares correspondence, and monitors progress of work to help ensure deadlines are met.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, public policy or a social science required; Master’s degree or 1-3 years of professional experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative social science research methods, techniques and sources relevant for conducting research related to genocide and genocide prevention.
  • Quantitative data analysis experience is desirable but not required.
  • Very strong organizational skills, including ability to break down complex tasks into component parts; identify resources and assistance needed; set deadlines; and coordinate with a variety of parties to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Ability to communicate research results and other complex subject matter clearly, concisely, and accurately, both in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to work independently and an equal ability to function effectively as a team member.
  • Knowledge of and interest in genocide and mass atrocities and their prevention is strongly preferred, as evidenced by study and/or work experience in relevant fields or issues.

Application instructions

Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and a (2 -3 page long) writing sample. Please include both your resume, cover letter, and writing sample in a single PDF or Word document titled “First Name Last Name”. This job opportunity will close on May 15, 2018. Salary history may be required during the interview process.

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