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    Research Associate

    The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) seeks an entry-level Research Associate to conduct, analyze, and report findings from NACE benchmark surveys and other NACE special topic surveys.  This role plays an integral part in compiling research and presenting information on topics of interest in the career services and university recruiting industries.

    What We Offer You

    NACE employees receive a competitive salary and enjoy a work environment that values collaboration, innovation and excellence.   Additionally, we have an extremely robust benefits package for our employees, including:

    • Generous paid time off and vacation time
    • Flexible work schedule for those who have earned it
    • 401(k) with company match
    • Generous medical, dental and vision plan (no premium for employee-only coverage and extremely reasonable rates for family coverage)
    • Company provided short-term and long-term disability
    • Company provided life insurance equal to two times annual salary


    Core functions include:

    • Conducting, analyzing, and writing reports from NACE benchmark surveys and other NACE surveys as needed.
    • Assisting in the development and implementation of NACE research products as needed.
    • Designing survey questionnaires and providing technical support to other staff members designing surveys.
    • Monitoring member questions regarding research, and working with staff to ensure quality and timeliness of research materials. 
    • Identifying and tracking trends and issues that affect the practices of career services professionals and employer recruiters.
    • Recommending new research initiatives to NACE management


    Education and Work Experience: Bachelor’s degree with a grounding in social science research methodology required. Ideal degrees include but are not limited to: Social Science, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Math, or other related field.

    Technology: Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and SPSS required. Familiarity with MS Access is a plus.  Knowledge of questionnaire design and deployment

    Communication Skills: Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate clearly and courteously with NACE constituencies, staff, media, public.   Good grammatical and proofreading skills

    Other Required Skills:

    • Knowledge of research methodology
    • Ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data
    • Ability to translate raw data into publishable reports
    • Ability to meet deadlines

    About NACE
    The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is the foremost provider of professional development and educational programs related to the career development and hiring of the college educated.

    NACE is the leading voice on emerging issues and trends; a vital professional network for learning and benchmarking; and a trusted source for knowledge, standards, competencies for professional practice, and advocacy pertinent workforce policy issues. NACE serves more than 8,100 college career services professionals at nearly 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide; more than 3,100 university relations and recruiting professionals; and the business affiliates that serve this community. Visit to learn more.

    The association is based in Bethlehem, PA, with proximity to Philadelphia and surrounding metropolitan areas in PA and NJ.

    How to Apply

    PLEASE NOTE - To be considered, all applicants MUST include:

    • An updated resume
    • A brief cover letter describing why you meet the qualifications for our position is required to be considered.
    • A sample of a report that you have written based on data that you have analyzed
    • Salary history and/or requirement


    NACE’s hiring management partner is myHR Partner. myHR Partner is not a staffing service or recruiter. All resumes/applications will be reviewed for this position and only for NACE. Applicants who meet the initial qualifications will be contacted for a phone interview.

    All applicants can check the status of their application by logging on to the myHR Partner web portal at and logging on to your personal profile in the Job Postings area.
    If you are selected to receive an offer of employment with our company, your employment may be contingent upon the successful completion of work references and other background checks.

    We realize that it takes time and effort to go through our application process and we thank you for considering applying for this position. We kindly ask for no emails or phone calls to further your application process. These efforts will not enhance your opportunity for consideration and we are not equipped to respond to these requests. Thank you in advance for your adherence to this request.

    EOE, M/F/D/V.