“Future of Work” Research Associate

Future Laboratories
New York, NY
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Overview of Future Laboratories

Future Laboratories is a Research and Development laboratory for social change.

Just as Bell Labs came to life a century ago to pursue the technical moonshots of their times, Future Labs exists to pursue moonshots for humanity. But what excites us most is how we do that—our core technology and, in our view, the most inspiring invention even in the digital age: you. People. And not just individuals, but brilliant teams made up of pragmatic idealists across every imaginable discipline who aren’t afraid to envision a new future and bring it to life.

Leveraging the power of collective genius, Future Laboratories identifies the world’s biggest problems, conducting original diagnostic work on society; turns those problems into massive opportunities in the form of products, policies, campaigns, concepts, or brand-new categories; and then builds solutions until they are scaled. Already, we are working on projects across the realms of the future of human potential, the future of America, the future of capitalism, and the future of social change itself. As more inspiring visionaries join our team, each exploration and project takes on new life, since people—above all—are the fuel for our problem-solving engine.

“Future of Work” Research Associate

Future Laboratories is launching an exploration into the Future of Work — trends, challenges, and opportunities that people in the working world will face as industries continue to modernize and technology continues to advance.   How this impacts us individually, communally, and societally and is one of the most important questions we can tackle as global citizens.  With the rapid pace of technological growth, some believe that soon robots will be performing the majority of jobs and humans will have less job opportunities and increased idle time.  Others believe that much like we have seen throughout history, technology will not replace jobs but instead create jobs we could never have imagined. In addition we are seeing a dramatic shift in how labor is supplied, including the rise of the gig Economy and distributed labor forces around the world.  Finally, increased pressure to find and retain the best talent particularly talent that comes from diverse backgrounds is at the top of mind for many companies. Regardless of which scenario (or more likely a combination), the new nature of work is going to create winners and losers in our society. This can drive toward increased inequality as people struggle to keep pace with the rapidly changing dynamics of work.  That being said, these shifts also present a tremendous opportunity to invest in and build companies that understand the new models of developing and nurturing human capacity and capabilities.  The Future of Work exploration aims to delve into the new challenges and opportunities and develop a viable product and/or service that will significantly impact the future of work.

We are excited to invite a Research Associate to support the “Future of Work” exploration and to take our analytical abilities and actionable insights to the next level.  As our “Future of Work” Research Associate you will be working most closely with the principal leading this effort, Blair Miller.  The associate will be responsible for, in the first phase, market and historical research, and in subsequent phases market strategy and business development.  They will be expected to read and analyze large amounts of information to identify trends and opportunities to develop business ideas and investment theses that align with market opportunities that foster inclusive growth.   Once a path is identified the associate will be responsible for helping with product development and market strategy. They will need to build powerpoint decks, develop marketing collateral, and conduct financial analysis on the health and potential growth of specific sectors and companies.

As “Future of Work” Research Associate, you will be accountable for…
-Conducting market research and historical research;
-Financial and market analysis;
-Identifying trends and investment opportunities in human resources, talent development and management, automation, artificial intelligence, and the role of technology in work;
-Building reports around these business trends and opportunities;
-Product development;
-Marketing strategy and material development;
-Business development.

We\’re looking for someone who…
-Is a self starter;
-Has strong analytical skills;
-Has experience with financial analysis;
-Has business experience;
-Has strong written skills;
-Thrives in a team environment;
-Is highly collaborative;
-Has demonstrated the ability to work in ambiguous environments;
-Has a deep commitment to social impact.

Ideal candidates will…
-Have an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field;
-Have some combination of the following: experience as a consulting analyst, research analyst at a company, undergrad degree, demonstrated commitment to social change, some type of entrepreneurial or self starter experience.

There are many backgrounds, industries, and life experiences that give rise to leaders who can manage effectively. Backgrounds in science, business, technology, engineering, government, media, and design – or hybrids thereof – may all yield the right experiences for this role.

This role, along with the rest of the Future Laboratories team is based in New York City, at our new HQ located on Union Square West.

What To Expect

Once we hear from you, we’ll be in touch to schedule some conversations. As we get to know each other and mutually choose to move forward, we’ll have you make something meaningful with us, and we’ll see how that feels.

We look forward to having our new “Future of Work” Research Associate in place by May 1, 2018, if not sooner.

Future Laboratories is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee based on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, alienage or citizenship status, ancestry, nationality, national origin, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, familial status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Future Laboratories will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Additional Information

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