The U.S. Household Finance Initiative (USHFI) brings researchers and financial institutions together to create knowledge to enhance the financial capability of low- and medium-income households in the United States. USHFI aims to design new innovations or adapt existing programs and products in ways for the mutual benefit of potential consumers, suppliers and financial institutions.
IPA seeks a qualified applicant for the position of U.S. Household Finance Initiative Director. The position offers an opportunity to manage and lead a growing research initiative which supports cutting-edge development research. The position will be based out of New Haven, CT (location in Washington D.C. may also be considered) and will travel frequently within the United States. The position reports to the Deputy Executive Director for Research and Policy, and works closely with the researchers that lead the initiative.
The Director will lead the development and growth of the Initiative, by working with partners, representing the initiative and IPA in public forums, growing the research network, fundraising and disseminating results and informing policy. The Director will also initiate and supervise ongoing impact evaluations, and work with Principal Investigators to generate a body of evidence on the comparative impact and cost effectiveness of a variety of programs and financial products to help people increase savings, manage debt, and improve overall financial decision making.
- Leading the development of a strategic plan for the Initiative;
- Financial oversight and fundraising;
- Expanding the network of partner organizations;
- Represent USHFI and IPA to important stakeholders;
- Expand network of Initiative researchers;
- Refining the initiative research agenda in collaborate on with Principal Investigators and other stakeholders;
- Initiating the development of new research including engaging with researchers on the technical design and funding support for projects;
- Lead growing and high-performing staff to produce cutting edge research, disseminate results and mobilize implementing organizations to scale up proven interventions.
This is a leadership position with IPA that requires both strong technical and management skills.
- A Master’s or PhD in economics, public administration, public policy, or related field is desired.
- Five years minimum experience in economics or social science research, with a background in randomized control trials; related work experience may also be applicable. Combination of work and research experience is preferred;
- Fluency in English, with strong oral and written and communication skills. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred but not required;
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to represent IPA in public forums and to present results and pitch research ideas to partners, donors, and policymakers;
- Experience in asset-building or economic development programs in the United States targeting low-income American households preferred but not required;
- Excellent management and organizational skills; exceptional attention to detail; flexibility; self-motivation; and an ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently;
- Experience in asset-building or economic development programs in the United States targeting low-income American households
Please follow the application instructions below. Any applications or CVs submitted outside this process will not be considered. Note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.
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