Research Fellow, Career Pathways Research

Department: Research
Reports to: Senior Research Director


As a member of the Research Department, the Research Fellow participates in project teams conducting research focused on the career pathways of high-potential employees. The Research Fellow will have a primary focus on data cleaning, creating analysis plans, conducting data analysis, and writing summaries of research findings.


  • Data Management and Analysis (Primary)
    • Cleans data and creates variables in preparation for data analysis.
    • Proposes new approaches for measuring significant milestones in career paths and identifying the highest achievers, using longitudinal data.
    • Conducts sophisticated data analysis in SPSS mapping career paths, and summarizes results.
  • Literature Reviews and Knowledge Presentation (Secondary)
    • Conducts in-depth social science and business literature reviews; annotates and summarizes articles.
    • Drafts sections of reports and working papers.
    • Drafts presentation material for internal and external audiences.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrates excellent data analysis skills using SPSS (required).
  • Demonstrated ability to work with longitudinal data.
  • Knowledge in a topic area or areas related to Catalyst’s work.
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written skills.
  • Demonstrates organizational and project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Applies creative problem-solving and analytical skills to research projects.
  • Functions effectively in a team-based environment, as well as independently.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to juggle multiple project responsibilities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across levels, departments, and geographies in an increasingly virtual working environment.
  • Displays strong initiative, follow-through, and problem-solving skills.

Working Conditions

  • Tight deadlines.
  • Multiple priorities.
  • Confidential issues and data.
  • Multiple reporting relationships.
  • Virtual teamwork and collaboration.
  • Access to Catalyst office space and computer in either Toronto or New York; please specify preferred location.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • This position requires at least one year of graduate-level coursework completed in a relevant social science discipline (i.e., economics, sociology, psychology, women’s studies, or business).
  • Advanced SPSS skills required, experience working with longitudinal data preferred, through advanced methods/statistics coursework or practical experience.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to with "Research Fellow, Career Pathways" in the subject line. Please specify your location preference (NYC or Toronto) and the source of the job listing as well.