Research Associate – Global Prosperity - #99822

Clayton Christensen Institute

Date: 04/19/2022 13:00 PM

City: Lexington, Massachusetts

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

The Christensen Institute (“the Institute”) seeks a Research Associate to join the Global Prosperity (“GP”) practice. The ideal candidate will possess an entrepreneurial spirit and an affinity for interacting with individuals from diverse cultures as they support the Institute’s Global Prosperity strategy through rigorous research and analysis, project and information management, and strategic outreach and communications with our audience. The GP Research Associate will be expected to engage thoughtfully and strategically with senior leaders across external organizations and time zones. The individual hired will report to the Institute’s Director of Global Prosperity.


  • Support GP research by identifying examples of Market Creating Innovation (“MCI”) and their impact on local communities.

  • Create MCI case studies, identifying relevant sources and statistics, etc.

  • Develop deep understanding of Clay Christensen’s management theories (Disruptive Innovation, Jobs to Be Done, RPPs, Interdependence and Modularity, etc.) used at the Institute, and apply them in order to gain insight into challenges and opportunities in the global development industry.

  • Regularly write and edit blog posts that utilize theory as a lens for global news, public policy, and innovations in the field.

  • Develop engaging social media presence and grow the GP audience across various social media platforms.

  • Co-develop reports on Global Prosperity’s social media activities and external engagements.

  • Co-create Global Prosperity’s monthly newsletter.

  • Organize and manage the internal GP research archive and activities.

  • Coordinate logistical issues related to Grant contracts, invoices, and interim and final reports.


  • 2+ years of relevant work experience.

  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in global development, business administration, international relations, public policy and/or public administration.

  • Intellectual agility and strategic mindset, particularly as needed to define, gather, analyze and synthesize data in pursuing research priorities.

  • Experienced writer/editor that can engage a targeted audience through a variety of communication channels (blogging, white papers and case studies).

  • Experience in, or willingness to learn, managing social media platforms, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

  • Ability to independently manage, and drive results across, multiple work streams

  • Can-do attitude, collaborative spirit, and keen desire to make a positive impact on the Institute and the global development community.

  • Experience in, or willingness to learn, graphic design and newsletter management (Mailchimp, Photoshop, Canva, etc.).

Position Type: Full Time

Location: Lexington, MA (remote work a possibility)

About the Organization

The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, Inc. (the “Institute”) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think-tank dedicated to improving the world through Disruptive Innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing issues around education, healthcare, and economic prosperity. The Institute works to influence the way policymakers, community leaders, and innovators address these problems by distilling and promoting the transformative power of Disruptive Innovation. The Institute’s Global Prosperity practice has the mission to develop and disseminate accessible innovation theories that will not only lead to a better understanding of how to create prosperity, but also on how to sustain it in countries that need it the most.

The Christensen Institute provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The Institute complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training.

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