Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist

Search Institute
Posting Date

Responsibilities include:
* Contribute to field and theory building focused on Search Institute’s core knowledge base
* Maintain and advance our organizational standards for rigor, application, ethics, and collaboration
* Lead, and collaborate on, writing grant and contract proposals that support

Search Institute

Search Institute’s research agenda and strategic priorities
* Lead, and collaborate on, the design and execution of applied research studies, including basic research, evaluations, and mixed methods research
* Stay current on research, methodology, and policy and practice trends in education and youth, family, and community development
* Collaborate with practitioners and developers to design, prototype, and test data-focused tools and services based on findings from research
* Provide technical support to partners in designing and utilizing protocols to support iterative improvement cycles
* Lead research-based workshops, trainings, and presentations.


The successful candidate for either position will conduct applied mixed-methods research; prepare and submit funding proposals; translate research findings into tools and services for practitioners; and, communicate research findings for researchers, practitioners, and the public.

For the Research Scientist position, we are especially interested in candidates with a deep interest in family systems/engagement and applied research, with strong qualitative data collection and analysis skills, and a demonstrated commitment to the use of research to advance equity.

For the Sr. Research Scientist position, we are especially interested in candidates with a strong background in one or more of our organization’s areas of applied research: human development, education, youth or family studies, social work, or evaluation. Senior Research Scientist candidates should have a minimum of 10 years experience in an applied research setting, 5 years experience supervising research staff, and the demonstrated ability to lead and manage $1M+ research projects on-time, on-budget, and as part of an effective team.

Organization Summary

Search Institute is a nonprofit organization with a sixty-plus-year history of collaboration with partners to conduct and apply research that promotes positive youth development and advances equity. Our head offices are located in the mid-city industrial neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN. We are a small (but mighty and growing) organization.

Search Institute is committed to helping all youth be and become the best versions of themselves. We live into this commitment by collaborating with (and learning side-by-side from) teachers, youth development practitioners, organization leaders, parents, and young people to generate and share knowledge, tools, and resources. This work takes many different forms, including conducting scientifically rigorous applied research that aims to build and extend positive youth development theory, developing research-based frameworks to focus practice (e.g., Developmental Assets, Developmental Relationships), providing professional learning opportunities, and creating tools to help all young people feel seen, valued, and known.

We are a bridge between theory and practice.

We believe all young people need spaces where they can thrive. And, understanding how systems of access, opportunity, justice, and power intersect with our mission is essential to doing good and meaningful work. Our research enterprise centers an equity lens in each phase of the applied research process.

Our workplace is a positive and fast paced environment that invites a synergistic exchange of ideas. We offer competitive salaries and a generous benefit package.

These positions can be Minneapolis-based, or remote.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
$60,000 - $90,000 Negotiable

3001 Broadway Street Northeast, Suite 310
Minneapolis, MN 55413
United States

How to Apply


Visit to submit an application, which includes a resume or curriculum vitae as well as contact information for three professional references.

Application Deadline
Feb 4, 2022