NALP is seeking a dynamic individual to lead and conduct its research program. NALP is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit legal educational association with a staff of 13 full-time professionals.
Our staff are driven by their shared passion for making our members experts and leaders in the law schools, law firms, agencies, and organizations they serve. NALP is the leading authority on research about the entry-level legal employment market. NALP also makes signature contributions to industry research about legal recruiting, diversity, and compensation practices of legal employers. Finally, NALP provides benchmark research on staffing, workplace practices, and salaries for NALP member professionals employed by law schools and legal employers. NALP’s Director of Research leads these and other research projects as directed by the NALP Board of Directors and Executive Director.
The Director of Research is responsible for conducting NALP’s ongoing research activities, and for expanding the visibility and application of that research. While this research program is by far the central focus of the position, the Director of Research also provides general member services support as necessary and supports member-driven research requests when they arise.
The Research Director works in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Deputy Director and other staff, but must also work independently and be self-directed, handling multiple tasks and deadlines in fulfilling NALP’s research agenda. The Research Director is expected to maintain a high level of confidentiality with respect to association matters and with data and information collected in the course of conducting surveys. The Research Director also collaborates with the NALP Foundation and other organizations or individuals, as appropriate, to initiate, administer, and report on joint research endeavors.
This position reports to and is evaluated by the Executive and Deputy Directors.
Essential Skills Required of this Position
Extensive experience in research and survey design, data collection, and analysis.
Advanced training in statistics and data analysis.
Experience supporting the production of credible and marketable research products.
Ability to identify and effectively communicate research findings to varied audiences.
Excellent writing skills, and experience interpreting research findings for a lay audience.
Skill and comfort in using Base SAS and SASGraph, including, but not limited to procedures such as report and transpose, macro processing, and using a variety of raw data sets, e.g., spreadsheets, xml files, to produce a SAS dataset.
Ability to interact and work with association members, the press, and the general public on such matters as providing support and guidance on survey completion, answering questions about NALP research, and responding to member inquiries via telephone and email.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the Position
Administer NALP’s research agenda—this includes but is not limited to:
Preparing and disseminating annual/periodic surveys according to established timelines;
Collecting survey data in a variety of formats via both paper and electronic submission, performing data quality checks, and compiling the information for analysis and reporting;
Analyzing data in a manner appropriate for the intended audience, preparing text, tables, charts, graphs and other data visualizations to convey research findings;
Collaborating with other NALP staff to produce final publications for print and electronic distribution;
Working with the Executive Director to communicate NALP research findings to association members, industry participants, the press, and the public;
Working with the Director of Communications to prepare press releases and respond to press inquiries about NALP research;
Working with the Executive Director and Deputy Director to monitor changes in the legal employment market and member information needs and recommending appropriate changes to NALP’s research agenda, such as designing and implementing new surveys or studies, or expanding the analyses derived from existing surveys;
Answering questions from NALP survey respondents about content and question interpretation, and using this feedback to improve future surveys.
Establish and maintain relationships with several third-party vendors who sell software products to schools to ensure that these products are updated and compatible with NALP’s annual graduate employment data collection process.
Prepare monthly Bulletin research columns.
Support the creation and administration of periodic surveys of members.
Respond to inquiries from NALP members and the general public about NALP research, and where possible provide references to outside resources on topics not covered by NALP research.
Serve as a back-up resource for all association services and activities, including telephone support and staffing at conferences, as required.
To apply, submit a resume, a list of three references, and a cover letter indicating requested salary by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 5:00 p.m., January 15, 2019 to:
Fred Thrasher, Deputy Director
1220 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
In your e-mail application, please put ‘Research Director’ in the subject field. Review of credentials and interviewing will begin immediately. Benefits include fully paid employee medical and dental insurance coverage, paid holidays, sick leave, vacation, and a retirement plan. Position is available January 1, 2019.
NALP is an association of over 2,500 legal career professionals who advise law students, lawyers, law offices, and law schools in North America and beyond.
NALP believes in fairness, facts, and the power of a diverse community. We work every day to be the best career services, recruitment, and professional development organization in the world because we want the lawyers and law students we serve to have an ethical recruiting system, employment data they can trust, and expert advisers to guide and support them in every stage of their careers.
NALP is a leading advocate for diversity in the legal profession and an organization committed to the diversity of its membership and staff. NALP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of diverse groups and persons of varied backgrounds.