Wednesday, July 8, 2015

MN Job Posting: Research Assistant or Research Associate 1

Job Title:  Research Assistant or Research Associate 1

Application Deadline:  July 23, 2015

Salary:  $35,000 to $46,000 Annually
This position is Full Time, Regular, 40 Hours per Week


Job Duties:Wilder Research, a division of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota, seeks a skilled researcher to contribute to Minnesota Compass ( and related projects.
This position's responsibilities include:
Gathering, managing, and analyzing large datasets from secondary sources for Minnesota Compass and related research projects
Preparing tables and charts based on data analysis
Assisting with preparation, synthesis, and presentation of study results to clients and other stakeholders, which may include technical writing, blog-style posts, and presentations
Participating as part of the Minnesota Compass team in carrying out activities to educate policy makers, community leaders, foundations, and other decision makers
Job Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in a behavioral or social science, or applied research field. Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, and finalist candidates may be tested on essential skills in Excel at the time of the interview.
In addition, candidates must be:
Attentive to detail and able to demonstrate strategies for checking their work
Organized and efficient, and able to work on tight timelines and manage multiple tasks
Able to work independently with moderate or minimal direction
Able to take work direction from multiple staff (depending on the task)
Able to accept feedback and revise work accordingly
Candidates with experience in any of the following are especially encouraged to apply:
Demographic data and/or social indicators, including government data sources (e.g., U.S. Census Bureau)
Other statistical and/or data management software, in addition to demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Excel
GIS, mapping, and related software packages (e.g., ArcGIS)
Small area or neighborhood-level analysis
Direct experience working in diverse community settings or with particular communities, including American Indian communities and/or tribal representatives of Native Nations
Wilder Research has an organizational commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. The ability to work respectfully and effectively with professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences is essential.
Job class and compensation (Research Assistant or Research Associate 1) will depend on candidate experience and qualifications. 
Online Application Information
There are four sections to the application process, please follow these instructions carefully:
  1. Contact information – Be sure to fill out all of the required fields (marked with a *).
  2. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Questions (EEO) – We are required to ask these questions, using this wording, to meet federal guidelines. These questions are optional and declining to answer the questions will NOT affect your application. Most of these questions have a specific “Decline to answer” type choice, but the Gender question does not. If you prefer not to answer the Gender question you can skip it. NOTE: If you apply to multiple positions at Wilder, you may not see these questions for applications after the first one because your browser will automatically answer them from its cache. If you want to change any of your answers for this section from one application to another, please clear your browser cache before starting a new application or use a different browser.
  3. Resume and cover letter section – Applications for this position require both a resume and cover letter. However, the system allows you to only attach one document.  You will need to create and upload a single document containing both your resume and cover letter. Otherwise you can attach one of your documents and paste the text from the other document into the text box or you can paste the text from both documents into the text box. Be aware that information pasted into the text box will lose its formatting. There is no need to include the same information in both the text box and an attached document.
  4. Final Review – You will be given an opportunity to review the information you are about to submit. If you need to correct something, use the Back buttons in the application, not the ones for your browser. If you attach a new document, it will overwrite any existing document. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your application.

Jobs offers will be contingent on the successful applicant‘s proof of authorization to work in the United States and the results of a background check related to the job requirements.

The Wilder Foundation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of all genders, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Branch Out Library Conference of Minnesota

Branch Out is a conference designed by and for library paraprofessionals and support staff. Its purpose is to bring library staff from all around Minnesota and the surrounding region together for career development and networking opportunities.

Conference details: 
 2015 Branch Out will be Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16, 2015.
 It will be held at the Grand Hall of the Business and Technology Center at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. 

Cost for two day conference is: Early Bird Registration $129.00 for registration by July 8, 2015 and $149.00 after July 8, 2015.

Conference schedule.
Register here.