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The Oregon Community Foundation


Since 1973 The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has pursued a mission to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. We work with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing across Oregon.


We have a temporary assignment for a part-time Research Assistant – Climate. This is an ideal opportunity for a current graduate student to obtain work experience in the field of environmental research. The position is 28 hours per week beginning June through September 2018 (dates flexible). This assignment will last for a maximum of 12 weeks or less, depending on the project completion.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with OCF donor to develop goals and outcomes for a summer environmental research project on organizations working on climate issues, defining the research questions to guide the summer project
  • Gather data on the universe of organizations working on climate issues in Oregon and Western Washington and compile a master list of climate organizations
  • Through review of organization websites and publicly available documents, create organizational profiles of all climate organizations in the region, organizing information on programs, strategies and funding needs
  • Review, synthesize and summarize available research about climate organizations working in the region, including any publicly available program evaluation and metrics
  • Identify the gaps in the available information on groups working on climate in Oregon and their effectiveness and develop a recommendation for future research needs
  • Assist with preparing data reports and data visualizations as appropriate
  • Assist with other climate research-related tasks such as compiling printed or electronic materials, preparing presentation and report materials, and analysis as needed; and
  • Provide regular updates/summary reports on activities and progress to OCF supervisor and donor


Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Undergraduate degree required, with graduate-level course work in social science research methods and data analysis helpful, preference given to a student with major in a field related to the social sciences or environmental sciences, nonprofit management, public policy, public administration, or political science
  • Familiarity with nonprofit advocacy strategies, including legislative advocacy and community organizing
  • Experience gathering, reading and synthesizing research articles and reports in order to identify key points, common themes, etc.
  • Strong written communication skills, including experience writing literature reviews and writing for “lay” audiences
  • Strong interest in nonprofit organizations, community foundations, and civic engagement; some work or volunteer experience in nonprofit advocacy organizations
  • Experience working in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with staff members and OCF donors
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy; ability to prioritize and manage several tasks efficiently and effectively within deadlines
  • Ability to manage a self-directed project, keeping on task with milestones toward a final deadline and proactively asking clarifying questions when needed to move the work forward


Work Schedule and Compensation:

Hours are flexible – work can be completed anytime between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00 Monday-Friday.  28 hours per week, $19.60 per hour. No benefits are included for temporary, part-time assignments.

To Apply: 

The Oregon Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome a diverse pool of applicants.  We strive to build a diverse workforce to promote effective work in partnership with all communities and population groups in Oregon. Resumes will be accepted by our recruitment portal through June 5, 2018.  Cover letters are extremely helpful and encouraged.  Writing samples are also encouraged, but not required. Visit and find the Job Openings tab to begin the application process.

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