Position Announcement for Research Associate, Religious Workforce Project, Lewis Center for Church Leadership


Job Posting


The Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary, a seminary of the United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, invites applications for a full-time, three-year position as the Research Associate for the Religious Workforce Project from September 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022. The position is made possible by a three-year grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to research the changing patterns among the workforce of U.S. Christian congregations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities of this position include the following: a) setting up and managing the database for the quantitative component of the project; b) analyze and evaluate data sets provided by external research partners; c) produce quantitative analysis of research data (descriptive statistics, correlations, modeling, etc.); d) contribute to qualitative research analysis including coding, data search, visualizations, etc.; e) help with participant observations and; f) contribute to broader Lewis Center mission.


The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in sociology, social research, statistics or related field. Candidate must have coursework in quantitative research methods. Coursework or experience in mixed methods social research is preferred, but not required. Proficiency with statistical software (i.e. SPSS, R, STATA, etc.) used for quantitative analysis is a must. Additional experience with NVivo or another qualitative software a plus.  Candidates must be proficient in producing visualizations and presentations of quantitative data. A general understanding of religious communities in the United States is preferred, but not required.

To Apply:

Applications should include a letter of intent, resume, official graduate transcripts, and three references to: F. Douglas Powe, Jr. at lewiscenter@wesleyseminary.edu.

Posted: July 19, 2019 | Closes: When filled

Wesley Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Wesley Theological Seminary values diversity and inclusion. We value diversity within our students, faculty and staff, and strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. 

An offer of employment is contingent upon the establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, as well as a background check and supporting references.


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