Researcher – Jewish Community Impact

Third Plateau

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At Third Plateau, we believe in the power of diverse teams. In our recruiting efforts, we always seek to reach a broad and diverse pool of applicants to ensure our final candidates are not a homogenous group in terms of demographics or experience. You can read more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) here. Furthermore, we have designed our application process (detailed at the bottom) to decrease implicit and explicit biases as much as possible. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds to apply. Third Plateau is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to their race, color, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics.


 Application deadline: Open until filled; first review August 11, 2021

Position Overview: Third Plateau, a multi-disciplinary social impact strategy firm, is growing! We are looking for a self-directed professional to serve as a Researcher on our Research, Evaluation, and Learning Team. Under the guidance of Third Plateau’s Senior Researcher, the position will primarily focus on the implementation, analysis, and presentation of research, evaluation, and learning projects for Third Plateau’s diverse set of clients. The Researcher will also be expected to lead and attend client meetings, present and share findings in a way that is actionable, and help manage client relationships. Top candidates will have experience in conducting and synthesizing quantitative and qualitative research, be exceptionally strong writers, be able to work under tight deadlines, be able to juggle multiple assignments simultaneously, and be hungry to learn and continuously improve.

This Researcher will be primarily focused on Third Plateau’s growing portfolio of work in the Jewish community (Jewish community nonprofits, Jewish institutions, Jewish-focused foundations, etc.). Clients will include organizations focused inside and outside the Jewish community, and working in a variety of fields including: gender equity, Jewish community engagement, and service. Subject to capacity, this Researcher may also work on projects with our general social sector clients, which hail from a wide range of issue areas and communities. Top candidates will have familiarity with and interest in the Jewish community.


 Application Deadline: Open until filled; first review August 11, 2021

Start Date: ASAP, ideally August 2021

Location: United States - any location, with access to office space and the majority of Third Plateau team members in the Bay Area and Sacramento, California. Please note that being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment and Third Plateau, as we are not able to sponsor applicants for work visas at this time.

Starting Annual Salary: $75,000 (position will be eligible for annual bonus and salary increase after first year)

Benefits: In addition to collaborating with an incredible team of social impact professionals, benefits include:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan with employer matching
  • Regular high fives
  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Wellness program ($500/year)
  • Dedicated professional development budget


WHO WE ARE                                               

Third Plateau is a multi-disciplinary social impact strategy firm with an aim to create a world with abundant and equitable opportunity for all. We partner with people and organizations with game-changing ideas to improve the world, and we help them maximize their impact. Our work is driven by six key principles:


  • We care about impact. True innovation and meaningful change are difficult to achieve; we work with the organizations that we believe are inspired by and capable of meeting those challenges.


  • Big ideas and creative problem solving excite us. We are at our best when we are formulating, thinking through, and executing new ideas and approaches.


  • We value diversity, equity, and inclusion. Having diverse teammates and an inclusive work environment makes us a smarter, more creative, and effective team. We are passionate about empowering communities to drive profound social impact. We know that in order to succeed we must more closely reflect the backgrounds of the communities we aim to serve.


  • Knowledge is absolutely essential to effective innovation. We are intensely curious and are voracious consumers of information and ideas from a variety of disciplines.


  • We build next gen organizational and leadership capacity. Building and managing organizations is difficult work and often presents challenges that leadership and staff do not have the resources to address. Through our engagements, we provide an infusion of capacity, smart strategy, creativity, and coaching to help organizations thrive.


  • Relationships and networks are how change happens. Relationship development is at the core of our work and we are very intentional about how we curate networks for maximum social impact.


We work in four main ways:


Social Venture Strategists 

We partner with social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, public entities, leaders, and other mission-driven organizations around the world on program design, business planning, community engagement, metrics development, strategic planning, coaching and leadership development, development strategy, impact evaluation, and board development. We also partner with funders to provide capacity-building support to their grantees.


Philanthropic Advisors 

We advise individual donors, foundations, and companies on making their philanthropic giving more meaningful, strategic, and impactful; and we help funders think more expansively about their potential social impact.


Foundation Managers  

We help private, family, and independent foundations become more effective by providing back office support, managing grants, and overseeing the financial administration and accounting of their operations.


Thought Leaders  

We write, speak, and convene programs, aimed at dramatically advancing the work of the social sector.



The Researcher will serve as an integral part of the Third Plateau team. Under the guidance of Third Plateau’s Senior Researcher, the Researcher will primarily focus on qualitative and quantitative research, data collection and analysis, and writing, and will be required to rapidly shift from project to project in a way that maximizes learning and cross-pollination across our work. Potential projects include, but are not limited to:

  • conducting research and determining methods and methodologies to best answer clients’ research questions;
  • facilitating, coding, and synthesizing information from interviews;
  • building and analyzing surveys;
  • desk research on a variety of topics including client markets, landscapes, and issues in various fields;
  • supporting quantitative and qualitative evaluations;
  • executing donor prospect research;
  • analyzing philanthropic investments over time;
  • preparing and presenting research to clients in creative and engaging ways; and
  • providing research operations support across projects.


The Researcher will work in partnership with a sub-team within the company’s Strategy Team focused on Jewish community impact.

The Researcher will be a critical thinker. We don’t know everything, and we know you don’t know everything – yet we live in a world flush with information. This position requires intense curiosity, an ability to ask the right questions, good listening skills, an eagerness to learn, an open mind, resourcefulness, a commitment to rigor, and an ability to find, evaluate, and assimilate qualitative and quantitative information. To be successful in this role, you need to be highly “information literate," knowing how and where to find information, and how to assess it for accuracy and credibility.


The Researcher will apply the most effective and efficient ‘ways of knowing’. Learning questions are part of many of our projects: How do organizations tend to approach systems change? What are the latest developments in land and water policy for Indigenous Peoples in the United States? What are the best practices in leadership development for teens? When faced with questions like these that require research to answer, we turn to our Research, Evaluation, and Learning Team to identify and develop the most relevant and appropriate research methods to answer the question, and to make sound methodological justifications for using them. There are a multitude of different ‘ways of knowing’, and we expect you to become knowledgeable about the range of possible approaches and skilled in effectively selecting and applying them to our work.


The Researcher will be a top-notch communicator. The Researcher will be charged with collecting and synthesizing large amounts of qualitative and quantitative information and communicating the key findings and recommendations in a compelling way. We expect you to be a concise and efficient writer, a strong copy editor, and able to produce client-ready work with little-to-no editorial oversight. We also expect you to think outside of the box—we look to our Research, Evaluation, and Learning Team to think creatively about how to communicate and socialize research findings through written, visual, and real-time mediums in accessible, engaging, and actionable ways for our diverse set of clients.


The Researcher will be a do-er. The Researcher will be responsible for producing a high-volume of critical research and writing for our clients. We expect you to be excited by and capable of taking initiative and ownership of your projects, asking questions and leveraging our diverse team, and demonstrating how-to thinking and a knack for getting things done.



 To be successful in this job, you will excel in the following key areas:



You have a strong technical background and understanding of social science research, evaluation, and/or policy research. You understand and apply these with rigor appropriate to an academic context and are able to communicate and utilize them in a way that is flexible and appropriate to colleagues, clients, and practitioners from a wide variety of non-research backgrounds.


Jewish community

You are familiar with Jewish religious and cultural practices and the institutional arrangements of Jewish communal life. You are passionate about building a meaningful, impact-oriented Jewish community for the 21st century.


Nuanced thinking

You don’t see the world in black and white. You tend towards constructive skepticism, but you are careful not to veer into cynicism. You’re able to take in and triangulate diverse perspectives and information and can understand the limitations to what can be known and asserted from the information you have.



You stay on top of your work, can handle many moving parts with ease, and have a habit of building sound processes where there were none before.


Attention to detail

You strive for perfection and have a mind that can simultaneously focus on the big picture while also caring deeply about the smallest details of a project.



You are an exceptionally strong and creative communicator. You can translate complicated information into accessible insights. You’re a capable facilitator and interpersonal communicator - verbally, visually, and in writing.


Learning quickly

We don’t expect you to know everything, but we do expect you to be a quick and perceptive learner and to acknowledge what you don’t know.



You collaborate effectively in a cross-functional team. You find ways to contribute that work for you and add value.


Calmness under pressure

You thrive in a fast-paced work environment and can stay relaxed and focused when juggling many projects and deadlines, including when they arise at the last minute.


Interpersonal ability

You must be able to build trust and goodwill with team members and our clients. You’re the kind of person who knows how to get along well with others and anticipate their needs. You thrive when working efficiently and collaboratively across teams.



You are ambitious and creative, and you are excited about the idea of building something meaningful. You notice problems and want to find ways to solve them. You are excited to be a part of creating a solution.


Other important things to note:


  • You will need to bring an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a willingness to speak up when you see us fall short. This is a major focus of ours and expect it to be of yours, too. Top candidates will firmly believe that diversity of experiences and voices leads to better outcomes, and they will have demonstrated a consistent commitment to this belief both personally and professionally.


  • Researchers take varying amounts of autonomy in their projects. You will need to be equally comfortable leading project components as you are in plugging into an existing structure.


  • We are a small company that embraces a start-up attitude. Third Plateau is going to continue its significant growth over the coming years, and we are looking for someone who wants to grow with us.


  • We are committed to delivering the highest quality of work, and we want you to be You should be able to work in a fast-paced environment, while also having fun and integrating self-care in whatever ways are meaningful to you.


  • Fluency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is a must. It is a plus to have experience with:
    • Statistical analysis software (i.e. SPSS, R, Stata, etc.);
    • CAQDA software (i.e. MAXQDA, NVivo, Dedoose, etc.);
    • Survey building platforms (i.e. SurveyMonkey, SurveyGizmo, Qualtrics, etc.); and
    • Data visualization and business intelligence platforms (i.e. Tableau, PowerBI, etc.).


  • Professional experience is required; at least two years of experience is recommended.


  • Other qualities we are looking for include confidence, self-awareness, willingness and ability to travel, passion, leadership, and curiosity.


  • Skills that would be great but are not necessary include graphic design and web development. Past experience with nonprofits, foundations, governments, or mission-driven companies is a plus.




Please submit your application using the following form as soon as you can, with the first review starting August 11, 2021:


Application Form:


The form will require the following information:


  • Your full name
  • Your phone number (including area code)
  • Your email address
  • Where you heard about this position (including the name of who referred you, if applicable)


You will also be required to upload two SEPARATE documents:

  1. A one-page PDF that answers three questions:
  • Why do this position and firm make sense for the next step in your career?
  • What skills and experiences of yours make you uniquely qualified to enhance the Third Plateau team and our work through this position?
  • How will the different pieces of your identity contribute to this team and work? Please share as much detail as you feel comfortable sharing to help us create a team that represents a diverse set of identities.

Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Well, here’s the big catch: you cannot use proper nouns in your response. Yep, you read that right. You are not allowed to mention by name what schools you’ve gone to, the names of organizations you’ve worked at, or who your paternal great grandmother was. Instead, focus on the substance of what you’ve learned, how you’ve developed, and how you can contribute to Third Plateau. (“Third Plateau,” by the way, is the only proper noun you are allowed to use in your 1-pager.)


Please save this proper noun-free PDF with the following title structure: JCI Researcher –Cover Letter [seven-digit phone number with no dashes]. Your seven-digit phone number (i.e., your phone number WITHOUT the area code) will be used as an internal identification number to help keep your application anonymous during the review process.


  1. Your resume with the following modifications:
  • Your seven-digit phone number (i.e., your phone number WITHOUT the area code), with no dashes, in the place of your name.
  • Remove any reference to your home address and email.

Please save this name-free PDF with the following title structure: JCI Researcher – Resume [seven-digit phone number with no dashes] Your seven-digit phone number (i.e., your phone number WITHOUT the area code) will be used as an internal identification number to help keep your application anonymous during the review process.


We are working hard to build a blind review process that minimizes implicit and explicit biases from the hiring process, so welcome to the latest iteration of our experiment to do just that! Please note that if your application does not follow the specific directions outlined above, it is possible that it will not be considered. We hope you can get creative and have fun with it!


Once applications are submitted, on a rolling basis, a Third Plateau team member will notify top candidates of next steps.


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