For years, the United States has built its policy in the blind, without understanding how people are working, living, and getting by. The American Voices Project relies on immersive interviews to deliver an unusually comprehensive portrait of American life across all 50 states. The objective: To build 21st-century policy that's truly of the people, by the people, for the people.

Regional directors will lead teams of research fellows, oversee field operations, and conduct field research under the direction of faculty and field leadership. They will usually be assigned to a certain region of the country where they will live, work, and manage their team on the ground. The position is for an immediate start and ends summer 2020. There will also be an opportunity to apply for an additional year, beginning summer 2020, which focuses on analyzing the data and publishing results.


  • Field research experience
  • Leadership or management experience
  • Strong academic record
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Organizational ability, attention to detail, and dependability
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Respect for diverse experiences and backgrounds
  • At least two years of relevant experience. Master's degree or combination of education and relevant program management and research experience required. Doctoral degree preferred. Social science field preferred.

Though fluency in another language is not required, it can be very beneficial. In particular, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Arabic speakers are encouraged to apply.


  • Provide frequent feedback, evaluation, and mentorship to the fellows
  • Oversee research fellow assignments and schedules
  • Conduct ongoing quality control of interviews, field notes, and recruiting practices
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose problems that arise in the field
  • Conduct weekly check-in meetings with fellows, and organize regular group meetings and recreational activities
  • Conduct in-depth interviews with individuals about their life stories, family, educational background, work history, and more (with regional directors typically focusing on recruiting and interviewing hard-to-reach participants)
  • Coordinate and help complete reports on regional communities visited, their challenges and successes, and possible policy responses
  • Coordinate and attend meetings with local organizations and community centers to learn about the history, characteristics, and challenges of neighborhoods in your assigned region
  • Lead training institute classes and activities


Regional directors will live in several locations over the course of a year and should expect frequent travel to the individual sites within their region. This position is currently located in Chicago, IL and will move to Seattle, WA. 


This is a full-time position. Compensation will be competitive and health care will be offered.

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