Research Associate

San Francisco, California, United States | Research | Part-time | Allows remote


Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curricula and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, and a grassroots community of concerned parents and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

We are looking for an experienced research specialist to assist our senior research director in producing research that touches on the effects of media and technology on young children's development.


LOCATION: Flexible; San Francisco, CA, preferred

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time, temporary (1-year assignment)

HOURS: 30-40 hours per week anticipated


REPORTS TO: Senior director, research



  • Help produce research landscape analysis on the effects of media and technology on young children's development, with a focus on how they enhance or disrupt social, emotional, and cognitive development, developing self-agency and autonomy, and the parent-child relationship.
  • Create a developmental framework that charts the developmental milestones of infants through eight-year-olds related to executive function skills and how their experiences with media and technology may be enhancing or disrupting their development.
  • Assist with the development, deployment, analysis, and writing of the Zero to Eight Census and other research projects.
  • Manage the early childhood advisory board.
  • Support senior director of research on organization-wide or strategy initiatives, as needed.
  • Support content and other efforts throughout the organization.
  • Act as a consulting partner on any matters related to child development, learning, and media/technology.



  • Advanced degree in child development, education, media research, or related field. Expertise on the subject of children's executive functioning skills a plus.
  • Understanding about essential issues in the fields of kids' media and technology, from academic research and industry perspectives.
  • Excellent research skills, including research design, descriptive and basic inferential statistics, and qualitative research methods.
  • Experience managing complex research studies.
  • Knowledge about child health, development, and learning.
  • Strong writing skills for academic and lay, non-specialized, and low-literacy audiences.
  • Experience translating research and complex concepts for non-expert audiences.
  • Technical skills: SPSS/Stata or other statistical analysis software, familiarity with current workplace technologies and social media.
  • Ability to produce quick, high-quality results.
  • Ability to synthesize vast amounts of information.
  • Spanish-language proficiency a plus.



  • The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals.
  • Great health and welfare benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and a matching 401(k) plan.
  • An organization that offers work/life balance.
  • The opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of kids!


Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer.

Common Sense Media will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.