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Vice President, Applied Research at Woodstock Institute

Background: Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization that works locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can safely borrow, save and build wealth so that they can achieve economic security and community prosperity. Based in Chicago, the 38-year-old organization is a nationally recognized economic justice leader and bridge builder between communities and policymakers.

The Vice President for Applied Research designs and conducts applied research projects related to fair lending, wealth creation and financial services reform issues that impact lower-wealth persons and communities of color; collaborates with local and national colleagues; convenes regional coalitions; makes presentations and conducts communications, media and advocacy outreach; supervises other staff researchers and interns; and, plays a major role in foundation, corporate and contract fundraising. The VP is a member of the senior management team and reports to the President.


• Researcher with MA or PhD in economics, urban planning, policy, social science, or related field.

• At least 5 years experience in research and policy advocacy in the areas of fair lending, wealth creation, community development and/or financial reform, including work with HMDA, CRA, mortgage and consumer lending data, and public data at the local level.

• At least 2 years experience in hiring, training and supervising junior staff and/or interns.

• Excellent public speaking, writing, presentation and collaboration skills. • Self-starter with ability to work independently and juggle multiple tasks and obligations.

• Comfortable with diverse groups, including community groups, nonprofit advocates, policymakers, regulators, and academics.

• Fundraising and grant writing/reporting experience.

• Demonstrated commitment to economic justice issues.

• Willing to travel frequently within the state and across the country.

• Familiar with economic justice issues, researchers, practitioners and thought leaders. Salary, benefits, and other information • Salary will depend on experience and range for similar nonprofit positions.

• Competitive benefits package, including 6% contribution by organization to retirement plan.

• Position is based in downtown Chicago office of Woodstock Institute.

Deadline: July 31, 2011 Submit resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references to David Erickson-Pearson Executive Search at

Desired start date: September 1, 2011.

Woodstock Institute is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds and protected classes to apply. The Institute’s website is

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