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The Community Foundation's partner, New England Blacks in Philanthropy, is currently seeking candidates for the Richmond-based position of  Graduate Research Assistant (Part-Time).

Graduate Research Assistant (Part-Time)

Reports to: Vice President of Research

Position DescriptionGiving Black, part of the Giving Cities Initiative of New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBiP), has embarked upon a study of Black donors throughout the United States. Our work, in partnership with philanthropic researchers, will provide a platform to connect stakeholders, academia, nonprofits, the public policy sector, government, and donors (particularly in the Black community) with each other to determine viable solutions to develop community assets.

NEBiP's signature research project has launched Giving Black: Greater Richmond and seeks a part-time Graduate Research Assistant to participate in its multi-method research process. This project intends to create a new community portrait of Black philanthropy by posing key questions to learn more about Richmond and to explore opportunities that may shift narratives that enhance philanthropy's ability to make strategic and thoughtful investments that address the needs of racial-ethnic communities. This is an outstanding opportunity for a graduate student interested in gaining additional experience conducting social science research that supports nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. 

Reporting to the Vice President of Research, the Graduate Research Assistant will contribute to evaluative research that focuses primarily on a targeted historical and contemporary scan of Richmond, VA. The Graduate Research Assistant  will be responsible for a few discreet research tasks, including but not limited to: historical scan/brief literature review of Richmond, current news, research and media trend review, collecting and organizing potential primary source material, and report write-up.

This is a grant-funded part-time position with stipend. Details upon applicant inquiries.


  • Conduct literature review
  • Community scan and key trend mapping
  • Collect and organize potential primary source materials
  • Summarize target project results (may include visual charts or presentation)
  • Analysis and report write-up
  • Demonstrate an expertise in Microsoft Office Suite


  • Master's degree or ABD status
  • Must have relevant experience in social research and/or nonprofit and philanthropy fields
  • Very detail oriented
  • Ability to multi-task and work on tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

To Apply:

Application materials to be submitted by February 28, 2020. Submit the following materials directly to Dr. Karen Craddock at

  • Resume or CV with complete employment history and educational background
  • Cover letter explaining your interest and how your experience relates to the position's key responsibilities 
  • Two writing samples (with each not exceeding 20 pages) reflective of a mix of writing styles and audiences a plus
  • Contact list of 3 references, and 1 letter from Graduate Advisor or Professor