Job Opportunity: Social Data Initiative Program Officer, Social Science Research Council

July 25, 2018


Applicants must have a PhD in one of the social sciences or a closely related field.


Annual salary will be commensurate with experience, and comprehensive benefits are included.


The Social Science Research Council seeks a Program Officer for the Social Data Initiative (SDI). This position will report to the SDI Program Director and will manage one of the SSRC’s newest and largest programs: the Social Media and Democracy Research Grant program.

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications.

The longstanding study of media effects on democracy has taken on new resonance with the rise of social media platforms, the dramatic change in the business model of traditional news media, the influence of algorithms on advertising, and increasingly globalized and interconnected communications. The Social Data Initiative (SDI) at the SSRC was launched to examine the impact of social media on society, explore questions about the responsible use of social network data, generate insights to inform policy at the intersection of media, technology, and democracy, and advance new avenues for future research. The SSRC, as a respected and nonpartisan organization, is acting as a trusted broker to bridge new collaborations between industry and academia in partnership with a consortium of foundations, and will administer a number of grants on a rolling basis.

This is a one year appointment, with potential for renewal contingent on funding.


For more information and to apply, please visit the job website.