Pew Research Center is looking for an Associate Director for its Global Attitudes Team

Organization Overview

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; religion and public life; science and society; race and ethnicity; global attitudes; and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center’s work is carried out by a staff of approximately 170 based in Washington, D.C. Staff may work virtually from remote locations up to four days per week and are required to be present in the Center’s office at 1615 L Street NW at least one day per week.

Position Description

Pew Research Center is looking for an Associate Director for its Global Attitudes team. The Associate Director will play a key role in shaping the team’s research and editorial strategy, and will lead an evolving research agenda on religion, democracy, nationalism, tolerance and social values around the world. The Associate Director will conceptualize research products and manage day-to-day operations, including questionnaire development, translation, quality control, data analysis, writing and number checking. The Associate Director will also serve as a spokesperson for the Center’s research in their subject areas and assist with writing components of grant applications.

Reporting to Director, Global Attitudes, the Associate Director will also work collaboratively with the Director of the Religion research team. The person in this position will model best practices in collaboration across teams, as well as in creating systems and processes that help produce the best possible products.


  • Manage a cross-team collaborative international survey including thought leadership on content and execution of the survey processes

  • Work with the Global Attitudes and Religion teams to conceptualize international survey research on religion, democracy, social values, nationalism and tolerance

  • Contribute to Global Attitudes’ long-running research agenda on international conflict and cooperation, finding through lines with religion, values and identity content as appropriate

  • Provide editorial direction by identifying storylines from large volumes of multi-country survey data

  • Supervise team members by providing regular feedback and comfortably addressing performance issues

  • Contribute to writing grant proposals and meeting grant-reporting requirements

  • Act as a spokesperson for the team’s research

  • Take an institutional role in setting the research agenda and contribute to management and culture-building across the Center as a whole

  • Work with the Center’s communications team to ensure that the work meets the needs of, and is accessible to, the Center’s priority audiences

  • Work with the Center’s international methods team to ensure that the Center’s international survey research meets the highest methodological standards 

  • Ensure accuracy, impartiality, clarity and methodological transparency in all research products

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Must have a passion for the mission of a nonadvocacy organization that conducts high-quality social science research and reports its findings in impartial, clear and accessible ways

  • Dedicated to the highest principles of transparency and accountability

  • Excellent writing and speaking skills

  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with direct reports, peers and managers

  • Strong interpersonal skills to relate effectively to staff at all levels

  • Strong collaboration skills

  • Demonstrated success in project management along with maturity, independence and time management skills to work effectively with little or no day-to-day supervision 


  • Advanced degree required, Ph.D. preferred. 15+ years of research experience, with a minimum of 10 years of specialized experience in research and analysis

  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise on global issues, especially religion, democracy, nationalism, tolerance, social values and related fields

  • Advanced skills in quantitative data analysis

  • Proven ability to write clear, compelling and accessible reports on quantitative research

  • Successful experience leading small teams, mentoring others and giving feedback

This position typically starts at $144,000 per year.

Total Rewards 

In addition to competitive pay, Pew Research Center’s employees enjoy a robust total rewards packagethat includes: 

  • Affordable, comprehensive health care that includes medical, dental (including adult orthodontia) and vision benefits.

  • Generous paid annual leave plan, including a winter break between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

  • Employer-paid disability, life insurance and paid family leave plans

  • Up to a 12% employer 401(k) contribution, with vesting at the end of the first year.

  • A 37.5-hour workweek.

  • Health savings or flexible spending account options with employer funding component.

  • Flexibility to telework up to 60% for most staff


Pew Research Center makes employment decisions without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. We champion inclusion, diversity and equity, and wencourage applications from candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.