The Community-Centered Senior Research Analyst (CCSRA) is a key collaborator in working with community members and organizations to improve food access and distribution programs across Boulder and Broomfield Counties. They will develop community-centered research and data collection practices for Community Food Share to enhance understanding of food security issues and optimize food access and distribution. The CCSRA is responsible for gathering and interpreting a wide range of information in support of mission driven strategic initiatives.
The CCSRA manages monthly and annual reporting from internal databases, plans and executes qualitative and quantitative research efforts, and follows research efforts from a variety of outside organizations to gain a broader view of food insecurity and related challenges.
This position is required to be fluent in Spanish, able to read, write, speak, and translate effectively.
• Gather and analyze demographic and socioeconomic data from a wide range of public and private sources including US Census Bureau, Colorado Department of Education, state/county/municipal organizations, Feeding America data, and any other primary or secondary sources for current and future needs/trends assessments.
• Utilize Community Connect and P2 databases to track program participation, food distribution, and food acquisition over time. Analyze information to evaluate progress towards goals, efficiency, historical trends, and growth. Provide data-driven recommendations for improvements to achieve and align with Community Food Share’s mission.
• Identify geographic, demographic, or cultural groups that are not adequately served by current public resources, CFS, agency partners, or other organizations. Develop maps and other visualizations that combine information from internal and external sources to identify gaps in service and opportunities to improve food access in Boulder and Broomfield Counties.
• Incorporate community-centered research methods in all aspects of research work. Identify opportunities to engage and collaborate with individuals and groups with lived experience around food insecurity and other basic needs.
• Align research plans with strategic objectives. Aid the organization in measuring not just outputs, but also outcomes.
• Provide information to help tell Community Food Share’s story to a variety of stakeholders, including funders, community partners, volunteers, and the public.
• Leverage the array of tools and resources Feeding America provides (such as the Network Measurement, Evaluation and Learning Approach, Learning Hub, multi-lingual survey tools, and data-sharing opportunities) to guide research tasks and goals.
• Manage data and analytics that provide insights in improving services for those accessing food programs in Boulder and Broomfield Counties.
• Join Participant Engagement Manager in hosting listening sessions and documenting data, trends, and themes that emerge.
• Engage community members to plan focus groups, surveys, interviews, etc. to implement community-centered research strategies. Create feedback loops and gather community input on data collection and interpretation from community members with lived expertise of food insecurity. Collaborate with Participant Engagement Manager and Director of Community Collaboration on these efforts.
• Identify opportunities for collaborative research with community members with lived expertise of food insecurity, Partner Agencies, community partners and the Food Security Network. Develop and maintain important relationships with community organizations and Partner Agencies for information sharing, and data gathering.
• Help the organization develop learning questions and identify and build on existing knowledge.
• Utilize data-visualization and mapping tools for monthly, annual, and grant reporting, and as needed for other projects.
• Responsible for recruiting and supervising interns and university students to assist with research projects. Works with Participant Engagement Manager to ensure community liaisons collect relevant and meaningful data.
Data and Information
• Serves as the central point of contact for information requests ensuring data is accurate, appropriate to the request, and timely.
• Responsible for measuring and reporting on food distribution and service outcomes to meet monthly, yearend, and grant reporting requirements.
• Coordinates with relevant Community Food Share staff and Boulder County Staff on Boulder County Connect/Community Connect data collection software. Primary contact between Community Food Share and Boulder County data-management team.
• Responsible for monitoring the participant database and P2 database for systemic errors. Work with appropriate entities to resolve technical issues.
Qualifications & Skills
Alignment with Community Food Share’s mission and a compassionate appreciation for hunger issues are essential to the successful performance of all responsibilities. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:
Education and Experience
• Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) from four-year college or university; and/or five years
of related experience.
• Spanish fluency required.
• Experience in research and strategic planning.
• Experience with community-centered research methodologies strongly preferred.
Experience with grassroots community organizing preferred.
• Experience/skill with using and leveraging relational databases.
• Knowledge of the target community resources and needs preferred.
• Must be able to secure a Colorado Driver’s License and maintain a safe driving
Skills and Abilities
• Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate
significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.
• Strategic thinker.
• Ability to collaborate with diverse groups to successfully gather quantitative and
qualitative information. Experience with focus groups, 1x1 interviews, and/or
listening sessions a plus.
• Project management.
• Cogent public speaking skill.
• Ability to use data-visualization and mapping tools. Tableau experience strongly
• Managing multiple priorities under aggressive deadlines.
• Exceptional writing, interpersonal and organizational skills.
The pay range for this position starts between $58000 and $65000 per year.
Community Food Share offers a rich suite of benefits for its full-time employees, including,
20 paid vacation days per year
9 paid Holidays
8 paid sick days per year with annual rollover
1 personal day per year
95% company paid health insurance
100% company paid dental insurance
100% company paid life and short-term disability insurance
Voluntary vision insurance
Matched SIMPLE IRA vested at 100% from day 1
Did we mention we have a great culture?
Please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in the position and your experience to [email protected].
This position is required to speak Spanish fluently.
Community Food Share provides fresh nutritious food to those in need with a special emphasis on children, seniors, and other vulnerable members of our community. Approximately 40 local human service agencies rely on us for nutritious food to pass on to their clients. We continually collaborate with these partner organizations to find new ways to address the underlying causes of hunger.
No relocation assistance is being offered. This position is not eligible for remote work, but may occasionally work remotely.