The Income and Benefits Policy Center is looking for a Research Assistant to work with project teams investigating income security issues. The operation of safety net programs-- child care subsidies, TANF benefits, and other benefits for lower-income people--will be a primary focus. Other topics may include economic mobility, poverty, food insecurity, Social Security and retirement savings. The preferred start date is on or before May 28.
The position will include substantial work researching state child care subsidy policies for the CCDF Policies Database. (See http://www.urban.org/publications/412708.html for a recent publication.) Other work could relate to any of the topic areas listed above, and could include using SAS or STATA to analyze data from household surveys, working with a large microsimulation model, conducting literature reviews, and assisting senior staff with the development of reports and presentations.
Bachelor's degree in a social science field (such as economics, political science, sociology, or anthropology) is required. Applicants should have a keen interest in policy issues related to vulnerable populations. The candidate must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, highly analytical, capable of working independently and as part of a group, and able to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities. Applicants must have strong written and oral communication skills. The ideal candidate would have skills and experience in quantitative research as well as the ability to analyze dense written material (such as policy manuals).
Only those major job duties necessary for proper job evaluation and/or labor market analysis have been included. Other duties may be assigned by the supervisor.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/H. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply