Position Title:  Research Assistant 

Supervisor Title:  Associate Director – Poverty Reduction 

Date:  November 2019 

FLSA Status:  Full-Time, Exempt 

Location:  Cambridge, MA 

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is looking for a Research Assistant to join the Urban Programs team, under the direction of the Associate Director, Poverty Reduction. You will support a variety of activities primarily for the Legacy Cities Initiative and the Consortium for Scenario Planning. The Legacy Cities Initiative is a new program the Lincoln Institute is launching to advance its goal of reducing poverty and spatial inequality. The Initiative creates networks of city leaders and allies within and between states to test and advance both proven and new ideas. We support civic leaders, policy makers, and others working to spark change by advancing networks, programs, and policies that lead to more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous places. The Consortium for Scenario Planning works to increase the practice, accessibility, and resources of scenario planning as a field for both newcomers and longtime practitioners. The Consortium offers a community of practice for practitioners, including access to technical assistance, educational resources, and a network of fellow innovators. 

What You’ll Do: 

  • Research questions such as conditions in legacy cities and/or innovative new practices to help them equitably revive, and examples of scenario planning used in a range of applications and geographic areas 
  • Write for a variety of audiences and contexts, including case studies, memos and white papers, meeting agendas and materials, web content, and social media posts  
  • Plan event content, draft event materials, and coordinate with speakers and the Lincoln Events team  
  • Coordinate networks, communities of practice, or other organized groups of practitioners   
  • Work with other internal teams to advance the work of Urban Programs, prospectively including contracts and finance, events, communications, and administrative support  
  • Be a point of contact for the general public, addressing inquiries or directing them to the right person  
  • Assist with other activities as requested  

What You’ll Need: 

  • A background in urban planning, public policy, government, urban affairs, or similar  
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 3-5 years of experience, or master’s degree in a related field  
  • Excellent professional writing and communication abilities  
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to solve problems independently   
  • Excellent communication and coalition building skills with an ability to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders 
  • Professional and positive attitude 
  • Experience with data analysis or mapping (preferred but not required) 

Application Guidelines:

Please send a resume and cover letter to Jessie Grogan at jgrogan@lincolninst.edu. For questions, contact Jessie Grogan via email.



About the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide. With locations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Washington, DC, Phoenix, and Beijing, we organize our work in seven major areas: Planning and Urban Form, Valuation and Taxation, International and Institute-Wide Initiatives, Latin America and the Caribbean, People’s Republic of China, The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, and the Center for Community Investment. 

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is dedicated to creating an inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.