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Position Overview

The Research Assistant provides research support that informs the recommendations Fairmount’s consulting teams develop for clients. The types of research span: socio-economic data that will help inform program design; funder grant awards and amounts to help vet opportunities and set strategies; competitor organization review to help determine an organization’s distinguishing features and to set benchmarks; best practice research to support planning; wealth capacity and philanthropic giving history research to shape door strategies; etc. The research is internet-based, using a combination of publicly available information and the subscription-based resources Fairmount uses to shape client strategies. Research supports strategic plans, business plans, capital campaign feasibility studies, resource development plans, public sector funding applications, corporate sponsorship packages, foundation grant proposals, and individual donor strategies.

The Research Assistant will report to a member of Fairmount’s management team, with whom s/he will set a mutually-agreeable schedule that enables a graduate student to work part-time while pursuing a degree and assures Fairmount reliable research support on a predictable schedule.


  • Enrolled in a Masters or PhD program
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Facility and comfort with quantitative data and information
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

Time Commitment    

10 hours per week or 40 hours per month


$20 per hour

Start Date


To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Please write “Research Assistant” in the subject line.