BlueGreen Alliance | Job Opening: BlueGreen Alliance Foundation Research Assistant

Job Opening: BlueGreen Alliance Foundation Research Assistant

The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation (BGAF) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Research Assistant working in our Minneapolis, MN office.

The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation (BGAF) conducts research and educates the public about solutions to environmental challenges that create economic opportunities for the American people. BGAF works closely with the BlueGreen Alliance, a national strategic partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations working to turn today’s biggest environmental challenges into economic and job-creating opportunities. Together with 15 million members and supporters, the BlueGreen Alliance is a powerful, unified voice calling for good, family-sustaining jobs, a clean environment, and a thriving and fair American economy.

Job Summary: BGAF is seeking a Research Assistant in our Minneapolis, MN, office to join our Research Team, which supports programs and initiatives with research, analysis, and data. The Research Assistant should expect to build expertise in our content areas and with our datasets, connect our research efforts to organizational priorities and goals, and communicate findings and results clearly to staff, partners, and the public. This position reports to the Research Director and works collaboratively with program and communications staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to and be a and respectful member of a high performing, collaborative Research Team
  • Conduct research on companies that supply parts, technology, and materials to the automotive, transit, and energy efficient building product supply chains nationwide. For example, see or Supplying Ingenuity II at
  • Conduct analysis and generate data visualizations including GIS maps, charts, diagrams, and graphs for internal and external use.
  • Conduct quality checks on data and follow established processes to update data as required, and keep useful documentation on processes and data sources.
  • Undertake pieces of independent research in line with program objectives, communicate research clearly verbally and in writing, and assist projects and initiatives with additional research and analysis as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with BGA and BGAF staff and contractors to help shape data collection and database design to meet user needs and to address manufacturing policy questions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Self-starting, highly motivated, able to see discrete projects through to completion.
  • Highly adaptable and flexible and able to prioritize work and switch between tasks/manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability and interest to learn new content areas and skills.
  • Team player.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft office.
  • Commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance.

Preferred Content Expertise:

  • Data skills or experience including GIS mapping, statistics, economic/jobs analysis, databases, or data visualization. Familiarity with QGIS, R, Drupal, or data visualization software a plus.
  •  Experience or familiarity with manufacturing and supply chain research and data sources.
  • Familiarity with automotive, transit, rail, and/or building efficiency components.
  • Familiarity with policy analysis.

Additional Information: This position is a full-time, temporary 6 -12-month position. Should funding be available, an extension of this position may be possible. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references by February 10, 2019, to Jennifer Bakkom‐Gatzke ( The position is open until filled. Please write “Research Assistant” in the subject line.

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

BlueGreen Alliance does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual or affectional preference, marital status, gender identity, or veteran status in the administration of employment policies, or in any other programs and activities.