Education Researcher

Common Sense Media Inc. - San Francisco, CA

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 Comcast, DirecTV, Netflix, 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 600,000 registered educators and 55,000 schools use our ratings and curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, and a grassroots community of concerned parents and teachers to improve the media, tech, and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

We are seeking an education researcher to assist us on a contractual basis. This position will play a crucial, foundational role in a new effort on the Common Sense Education ratings, reviews, and resources team. The person in this role, with guidance from the director of educational editorial strategy, will prepare and execute an independent research plan in media literacy and film studies. This is an ideal position for a graduate student, an educator, an independent researcher, or even a recent graduate (M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.) looking for time-limited but high-impact work that could define how media literacy is taught in schools worldwide. It's also a valuable opportunity to translate academic work into actionable pedagogy that could get implemented by thousands of classroom educators.

The final deliverables will include a research report, an annotated bibliography, and a basic scope-and-sequence framework.

Location: Anywhere/remote

Contract term: 80 hours

  • Work alongside the director of educational editorial strategy to develop and schedule a research plan.
  • Conduct independent research: review relevant articles and books, summarize key sources in an annotated bibliography, and synthesize them into a report.
  • Based on the results of the research plan and bibliography, collaborate on a K–12 skills progression for media literacy and film analysis.
  • Participate in regular, teleconferenced meetings as well as as-needed emails and chats.
  • Established background in media literacy or media studies.
  • Experience conducting independent research.
  • Teaching experience (K–12 or college level).
  • Independent worker and thinker.
  • Comfortable with telecommuting.
  • Expertise in film analysis and critical theory.
  • K–12 classroom or curriculum development experience; huge plus if this involved media-literacy education.
  • Existing access to a university library database.

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