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Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working at the Rudd Center. We are delighted to hear from talented individuals who want to progress their careers and make a difference. 

The Rudd Center will be hiring several new positions, to begin on January 2, 2015 at the center's new location in Hartford, CT.  These positions include research assistants, a statistician, and a communications professional. Please check back to our website at the end of September, when these positions will be posted with instructions on how to apply.

If you would like to learn more about the Rudd Center and be considered for future opportunities as they become available, please submit your resume to our general candidate database. Your resume will remain on file for one year.

The Rudd Center is an EO/AA employer.

Available Positions

Research Assistant

Under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Harris, PhD, at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, the full-time Research Assistant III will design, establish, and conduct original independent studies centered on food policy, nutrition, and obesity.  Research topics will include studies on children’s and adolescents’ food advertising exposure on television, the Internet, social and other media, and the relationship between food advertising and eating behaviors, nutrition and health.  The work location will be at the Rudd Center which will be relocated to Hartford, Connecticut in January 2015.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the day-to-day operation and implementation of research procedures and processing of syndicated data.
  2. Serve as primary contact with Nielsen, comScore and other data providers to negotiate contracts, manage data access, and keep up-to-date on their capabilities.
  3. Supervise data collection, entry, and analysis, including working with internal and external databases.
  4. Record and compile information related to syndicated and other research data. Code data accordingly to research specifications, which may include coding videotapes of televised commercials or other forms of food marketing.
  5. Process and analyze data using SPSS or similar statistical programs (e.g., SAS, Stata).
  6. Develop survey methodology (questionnaires, surveys, observations) and coding procedures.
  7. Write progress reports to funding source (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).
  8. Keep abreast of measurement methods used by the advertising industry to monitor traditional and new advertising media.
  9. Provide presentations of research to communities (town and school groups), university groups, and professional meetings and conferences.
  10. Prepare and write grant proposals.
  11. Conduct original research. Conceptualize, design and implement research ideas.
  12. Interact with institutional and outside contacts.
  13. Train research assistants working on relevant projects at the Rudd Center.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. The position requires a B.A. or B.S. and four to five years of post-degree experience working in marketing, market research or advertising OR an M.A. or M.S. in psychology, sociology, communications, or similar discipline OR an MBA in marketing and two to four years of post-degree experience working in marketing, market research or advertising.
  2. Experience using SPSS or similar statistical package.
  3. Excellent verbal and writing skills.
  4. Excellent quantitative skills, including experience with large data sets.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with preparing grant proposals.
  2. Experience in public speaking/presentations.
  3. Experience in new advertising media (e.g., social, mobile marketing) and/or consumer packaged goods.
  4. Experience working with syndicated research data.

This is a full-time, renewable position based on available funding.  This position carries full medical and retirement benefits. The position will begin January 2nd, 2015.

Application deadline is November 15, 2014

Interviews for the position will be conducted at the current Rudd Center location in New Haven, CT. The actual work location will be at the Rudd Center which will relocate to Hartford, CT in January 2015.

Please use Husky Hire to upload a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three professional references.  Review of applications will begin immediately.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics.

Publicity/Marketing Manager

Under the direction of the Director of the Rudd Center, the Publicity/Marketing Manager will be responsible for all media, communications, and promotional outreach to disseminate the Rudd Center’s mission and work to the broader public.  The individual will develop and carry out a comprehensive communications strategy designed to promote the Rudd Center’s work on local, state, and national levels.

Required Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Create and carry out a comprehensive, strategic communications plan to promote and disseminate Rudd Center research to existing and new target audiences.
  • Manage the Rudd Center’s national reputation, branding, and key messaging.
  • Supervise a small team of communications professionals and interns.
  • Supervise and direct contracted vendors (e.g., web developers, graphic designers).
  • Manage and update social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Track and evaluate the Rudd Center’s social media presence and investigate new platforms.
  • Track, review, and analyze the Rudd Center’s national and international media coverage.
  • Create and distribute a weekly internal update for all Rudd staff on presentations and publications, media coverage, and relevant news stories.
  • Work with Director and Deputy Director to oversee weekly staff meeting and ensure effective communication within the center.
  • Manage all interactions on behalf of the Rudd Center with the national and international press including building and maintaining relationships, cultivating interest in Rudd Center activities, responding to media requests, and pitching to media outlets.
  • Aggressively work to place appropriate content (e.g. op-eds, interviews, blogs, etc.) in national, regional and new media outlets.
  • Prepare and write timely, interesting, sometimes complex, informational articles for distribution to targeted market and media outlets.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and liaison with other communications professionals within and outside the university.
  • Remain updated on developments in the field of communications.  Use this information to help the Rudd Center operate with initiative and innovation.
  • Oversee, manage, monitor, and evaluate all aspects of the Rudd Center Web site content and functionality.
  • Coordinate the creation and maintenance of additional websites and newsletters developed for the Rudd Center’s research and policy initiatives.
  • Respond to inquiries from collaborators, advocacy groups, and the public.
  • Research, write, edit, and disseminate monthly newsletter, and other communication materials (e.g., brochures, internet articles).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, marketing or a related field.
  • At least 5 years relevant experience.
  • Evidence of successful experience writing press releases, media advisories, and other relevant communications tools.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal/communications skills.
  • Evidence of excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Evidence of comfort with social media and ability to learn to use new platforms.
  • Able to use PC and Mac computer systems.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Familiar with various media software and able to quickly learn to use new software (e.g., Adobe Dream Weaver, Publisher).
  • Understanding of the academic research and publication process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the fields of obesity, food, public policy.
  • Master’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related field.

This is a full-time, renewable position based on available funding.  This position carries full medical and retirement benefits.  The position will begin January 2nd, 2015.

 Application deadline is November 13, 2014.

Interviews for the position will be conducted at the current Rudd Center location in New Haven, CT. The actual work location will be at the Rudd Center which will relocate to Hartford, CT in January 2015.

Please visit Husky Hire to upload a cover letter, curriculum vita, 1-2 professional writing samples such as a press release, blog post or media advisory and the names and contact information for three professional references. 

Statistician

The full-time statistician will provide data integration and analysis support for researchers at the center in various food marketing and food policy projects. The person hired will establish databases created from multiple sources, verify data quality, recommend appropriate statistical and analytical methods, evaluate/analyze data and present results.  In addition, this individual will advise and consult with Rudd Center researchers on database design and statistical analysis for other research studies centered on food policy, nutrition and obesity.

Research studies will utilize a wide variety of data sources, including advertising industry exposure data, large public health data sets and survey and experimental data collected through Rudd-Center initiated studies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Manage large datasets from multiple sources for food marketing projects. Move and merge data files from different platforms, clean data and perform data quality control; establish appropriate database formats.
  2. Organize and create documents related to food marketing databases: organize and keep track of the status of datasets and communicate with data sources about data accuracy and data dictionary; clearly label variables and define variables through detailed description in the database.
  3. Work with Rudd Center food marketing researchers to identify testable hypotheses, develop methods to obtain data and devise suitable statistical analysis plans.
  4. Carry out statistical analyses using SPSS, SAS, Stata or similar statistical programs and summarize and present findings to investigators.
  5. Consult with other research personnel to develop appropriate database formats and statistical analyses for Rudd Center economic, community and obesity stigma research initiatives.
  6. Contribute information and assist in preparing presentations and writing reports for scientific journals and other publications.
  7. Ensure data security and compliance with data use agreements by becoming knowledgeable about, and strictly adhering to, the policies and procedures set forth by contractors in their data use agreements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in Biostatistics, Statistics or relevant field and one to two years of research experience.
  2. Knowledge of research design and data coordination and collection methods and principles.
  3. Strong knowledge of SAS or STATA (or similar statistical program).
  4. Excellent knowledge of correlational, experimental and longitudinal statistical methods, procedures and testing.
  5. Ability to consolidate data from multiple sources and develop and manage large databases.
  6. Strong analytical and organizational skills; attention to detail.
  7. Flexibility and ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  8. Effective oral and written communications skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in HLM and SEM.

This is a full-time, renewable position based on available funding.  This position carries full medical and retirement benefits. The position will begin January 2nd, 2015.

Application deadline is November 2, 2014.

Interviews for the position will be conducted at the current Rudd Center location in New Haven, CT.  The actual work location will be at the Rudd Center which will relocate to Hartford, CT in January 2015.

To apply please visit Husky Hire to upload a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three professional references.