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Research & KIDS COUNT® Assistant

Maine Children's Alliance

Summary: Manage the work of the Maine KIDS COUNT® project and several other data based grants including gathering, summarizing, organizing, publishing, and distributing information statewide. 



  • Oversee the gathering of research and data to support the advocacy priorities of the Maine Children’s Alliance.
  • Produce Maine KIDS COUNT® Data materials including reports, fact sheets, monthly blog posts, social media content, data visualizations and issue briefs.
  • Convene and facilitate the KIDS COUNT® and other data project committees.
  • Attend National KIDS COUNT® meetings convened by the Annie E. Casey Foundation or other national child advocacy organizations.
  • Perform workshop and public speaking functions for MCA covering KIDS COUNT® data and information from additional research products.
  • With the assistance of MCA staff, initiate and respond to requests for media interviews on research products and children’s issues.
  • Respond to data requests and provide technical assistance on data collection.
  • Review data analysis performed by others within the organization.


  • Coordinate and maintain the process and deadlines for all data collection for the Maine KIDS COUNT® Data Project. 
  • Solicit and collect specific Maine KIDS COUNT® and other data from state and U.S. agencies based on the collection process established by this project, including data disaggregated by age, race, socioeconomic status, and geography.
  • With other staff, manage timelines and content of all reports for MCA projects that include data.
  • Manage Maine KIDS COUNT® and other spreadsheets and incorporate all new data collected.
  • Upload data and related content to the KIDS COUNT® Data Center.
  • Assist other staff in the writing of grant proposals for potential research and organizational development within the agency.


  • In collaboration with key staff, update and supplement materials on website, as requested.
  • Create social media content as needed (e.g., Facebook, twitter, Instagram).
  • Assist in writing press releases.
  • With other MCA staff, plan KIDS KIDS COUNT®  and data-related media events
  • Write submissions for MCA electronic newsletter.
  • Communicate with the media and outside parties, as requested.
  • Complete other editing/writing projects, as requested.



  • Demonstrates experience in working on multiple priorities consecutively and sequentially and meeting quality standards for accuracy, attention to detail, and timeliness.
  • Demonstrates organizational, work management, and group process skills, ability to take initiative to identify and propose new tasks and procedures.
  • Highly proficient user of MS Office products (Excel, Word, Access, Publisher & Outlook) and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
  • Understanding of policy issues related to child and family well-being (economy, poverty, education, health).


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as demonstrated data gathering, organization, and analysis capabilities.
  • Ability to proofread and edit for punctuation, grammar, spelling, and clarity.
  • Ability to function effectively both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize tasks, producing quality products within tight time constraints.
  • Comfort with and sensitivity to communities of varying backgrounds, including economic, geographic, educational, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.
  • Some in-state and national travel (reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license a must)
  • Some night and weekend hours as necessary

Degree/experience required: Graduate degree in Public Policy, Social Work, Economics, Public Health or a related field and three to five years of relevant experience. A combination of education and experience may be substituted when skills are demonstrated.

Physical Demands: The ability to sit and write, to operate a computer and printer, photocopier, and use telephone communication devices. Must be able to drive a car to attend external meetings. Must be able to able to do light lifting.

Work Environment: The primary location of this position is a typical office environment. However, the responsibilities may require running errands, traveling to meetings, conferences, trainings, etc. that require an individual to be in various public places.

This full-time position offers competitive pay and benefits. The Maine Children’s Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Additional Job Information

Please send in PDF format a one-page cover letter, resume, and three references to MCA Director of Finance and Administration Bonnie Colfer at bcolfer@mekids.org. Please use the subject line Research and KIDS COUNT Assistant.
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