Dobility is hiring: Special Projects Associate

Dobility is hiring: Special Projects Associate

Note: We are no longer accepting applications for this role.

We are looking for an energetic and entrepreneurial individual to join our efforts to grow our business and achieve our social mission. Although we are a small, lean, and early-stage social enterprise, our product, SurveyCTO, has already been used by hundreds of teams in over 130 countries.

This position offers the opportunity to be one of Dobility’s key U.S. employees, with meaningful responsibility and many hats to wear. For the right person, this role will present the opportunity to learn valuable technical and project management tools on the job, while also enjoying 360-degree visibility into the operations of a social enterprise start-up. The role will serve Dobility’s headquarters leadership, and top performers will have the chance to grow with the company and learn invaluable accounting, business data management, and project management skills through their work.

For this position, we are looking for a recent graduate who is committed to Dobility’s mission of improving data quality for research, social, and public sector organizations. This is an entry-level role for a recent graduate of a top graduate or undergraduate program. Applicants should have a record of academic and extracurricular achievement. A good sense of humor and above-average emotional intelligence are both valuable assets for this role.

This position is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with limited travel.


  • Track and support key projects for the organization, staying accountable to deadlines and helping ensure projects run on-time.
  • Assist with growth of our enterprise business development efforts, including conducting research on sales prospects and helping to map the landscape of potential clients.
  • Assist with monthly accounting and bookkeeping tasks.
  • Draft and edit public-facing materials for the organization.
  • Cultivate relationships with leading schools of public policy, and top quantitative and social sciences programs.
  • Identify business opportunities and prospective customers; help organize events, including trainings, workshops, and lectures.
  • Improve content for and monitor the SurveyCTO support center and community forums.
  • Strengthen customer relationships and support existing users by responding to user questions and support requests.
  • As needed, support logistics and travel needs of Dobility’s founder and other key staff.

Ideal candidate profile:

  • Strong writer and communicator.
  • Ready to roll up one’s sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Ability to manage multiple relationships and projects simultaneously.
  • Fast learner, able to independently problem-solve.
  • Detail-oriented (e.g., cares that “complement” and “compliment” are different things).
  • Obsessive about doing high-quality work.
  • Preference for working in low-structure, fast-paced start-up environment.
  • Experience using Excel, Google Sheets, Tableau, or other platforms for analysis and data dashboards.
  • Passionate about improving the world through one’s work.
  • Relationships with potential user universes (whether existing or new) would be a bonus.

Location and hours:

This is a full-time position based out of our Cambridge, Massachusetts office.

Salary and benefits:

Dobility offers competitive salary and benefits packages. The specifics will depend on the applicant’s level of prior experience.

About the organization:

Dobility, the company behind SurveyCTO, was founded by Dr. Christopher Robert, an early tech entrepreneur and CTO who left technology to live overseas, train in economics and public policy, then research and teach at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His experience on the ground made him realize that the research and development sectors badly needed better technology to gather and manage data. Dobility’s mission is to help ensure that high-quality data is affordable, so that more decisions are based on good data (vs. bad data or no data).

Dobility differentiates itself in the market by providing unmatched reliability, affordability, and customer support. It is a fast-moving company with a motivated team that has spent time in the field to understand customers’ pain points first-hand.

About the product:

SurveyCTO is a survey and data-collection platform designed for the specific demands of doing research in developing countries and other challenging settings. It can be used online or offline, on web, tablet, or phone. Most often it’s used by surveyors in the field to perform guided interviews with survey respondents (“Computer Assisted Personal Interviews”). It protects against fraud by recording how long surveys take, audio recording when suspicious behavior is flagged, and employing statistical algorithms to look for anomalies in the data. It’s also an extraordinarily flexible platform that allows for advanced survey logic, pre-loading existing data into survey questions, and automatically merging incoming data into back-office applications like Excel.

SurveyCTO has been used to collect over three million survey submissions in over 130 countries by organizations such as the World Bank, Save the Children, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Innovations for Poverty Action, and many others. You can see other examples of organizations we work with on our website.


Note: We are no longer accepting applications for this role.

You will need to provide a resume or CV, and you will be asked some questions about your experience.

Dobility is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *