Position Announcement: Qualitative Research Manager

The National Assembly of State Arts agencies (NASAA) is recruiting a full-time Qualitative Research Manager. This position plays an important role in building a national evidence base about state arts agencies and facilitating the use of research across multiple NASAA program and service areas. The candidate chosen for this position will:

  • document state government programs, policies and partnerships that foster the arts;
  • analyze information to identify themes and trends;
  • communicate information to multiple audiences.

This position is an opportunity for someone with exceptional research and writing abilities and interest in policy, government and the arts. NASAA is a nonpartisan nonprofit that offers a professional and friendly working atmosphere in a small-office setting located in downtown Washington, D.C., near Metro.

This position is eligible for full-time remote work in the United States.


This position entails a creative variety of duties, including:

  • conducting applied qualitative research for knowledge services (including interviews, focus groups, document analysis, surveys, literature reviews and mining websites and newsletters)
  • sharing information on topics such as innovative arts programs, creative economies, cross-sector collaborations, arts grant making, etc.
  • tracking state legislation relevant to state arts agencies
  • securing and organizing policy documents (such as grant guidelines, strategic plans and enabling statutes)
  • writing and editing articles and reports
  • presenting and assisting with the design and delivery of learning events
  • answering information requests from colleagues, government agencies and the public
  • developing and maintaining databases relevant to state arts agency programs
  • packaging and promoting research products
  • coordinating NASAA research communications
  • contributing to team projects

Please review the detailed position description.


This position requires both research and communications expertise. Qualifications include:

  •  5+ years of full-time work experience in a professional setting
  • demonstrated knowledge of qualitative research methods
  • demonstrated qualitative analysis and information synthesis abilities
  • exceptional writing and editing abilities, including the ability to distill complex information
  • clear verbal communication and oral presentation skills
  • keen attention to detail, accuracy and organization
  • ability to establish a rapport of trust with research informants
  • a positive service attitude
  • ability to respond quickly to requests from staff and members


Desired Skills

  • Experience working with clients and delivering high-quality research services
  • Experience conducting research in a policy environment
  • Familiarity with cultural policy research and government arts agencies
  • Understanding of current and emerging technologies to assist with qualitative research
  • Familiarity and experience with Microsoft Office and Tableau
  • Graphic design abilities, document layout skills and experience with Adobe products


Salary and Benefits

The research manager is a full-time, salaried (exempt) position including benefits. The starting salary range for this position can be offered at $60K-$65K.

To Apply

Apply via email to hiring@nasaa-arts.org using “Qualitative Research Manager Search” as the subject line. All applications must include:

  • a current résumé
  • a brief cover letter or email explaining your interest in the position
  • two writing samples demonstrating your ability to synthesize information and communicate clearly

For best consideration, apply by July 1, 2024.

NASAA is dedicated to creating a workplace that welcomes, respects and values people of all races, colors, ages, genders, gender identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, creeds, ancestries, national origins, disabilities and veteran statuses. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.