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The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of technology to achieve breakthroughs in addressing some of the nation’s most pressing issues as well as address the challenges it presents. Markle challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their varied expertise to identify solutions and achieve systemic change. Today as advanced technology and automation change the very nature of work, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions towards a skills-based labor market that will enable Americans to transition to the opportunities of the digital economy. Markle’s current workforce initiatives—Rework America and Skillful-- build on Markle’s previous success in creating the policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security, and access to the Internet.
The Rework America and Skillful initiatives aim to enable all workers, especially the almost 70% of American adults without a four-year college degree, to have the opportunity to succeed in our increasingly digital labor market. We aspire to make change at the national scale, to accelerate the efforts of others, and to have impact beyond the reach of organizations working alone or in silos. We aim to overhaul how employers hire and train, to reshape how people view their career possibilities, and to unlock career opportunities for millions of people who may otherwise be unable to access the futures they deserve.
The Rework America’s networks define and advance policies and practices among employers, educators, policymakers, technologists and workers themselves so that all are better equipped to anticipate, adapt to and harness for good the rapid pace of technological change transforming our economy.
Our Skillful Initiative is developing skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations. Skillful and its partners are working to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to keep pace with technology’s impact on work.
We are looking for a part-time project based Research Assistant who is hard-working, rigorous, dynamic team member who is passionate about serving the community and making an impact. Given the entrepreneurial nature of Markle all team members execute a diverse portfolio of projects and contribute to the learning culture through execution of pilots, supporting multiple initiatives and collaborating across teams and partner organizations. Key responsibilities include:
Research and Analysis: The Research Assistant will conduct research on a variety of topics of relevance and interest to Markle, which include but are not limited to workforce issues; federal and state educational, training, and employment policies; program development; and innovation in the educational landscape, alternative training programs, etc.
Internal & external communications: They will play an active role in the drafting, editing, and preparation of documents for external use, and support Markle efforts to educate the public and policymakers. They will also support the preparation of Markle leadership for external engagements, including meetings, speaking events, and policy convenings, through research, drafting memos and briefings, and writing talking points.
Other duties: This position requires wearing many hats and bearing responsibility to carry out a variety of projects across the organization. This may entail providing support to peers in other work streams and Skillful and Markle initiatives.