Senior Research Associate
The Urban Institute - Washington, DC

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Overview:

The Income and Benefits Center is seeking an experienced researcher who can work collaboratively on a variety of program evaluations, policy analysis, and other research projects, generally in the areas of workforce development, higher education, and human services. These projects include the conceptualization of evaluation designs and methodologies, statistical analysis, and qualitative analysis. We are seeking individuals who possesses a strong public policy background, program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative analysis skills, and a thorough understanding of workforce development programs, higher education (especially community and technical colleges), and/or human services. The candidate must also have a strong record of involvement in developing proposals, authoring publications, and managing projects.

Responsibilities:

Managing research and evaluation projects (small and large), which includes working collaboratively with senior staff and outside, overseeing junior staff, monitoring budgets and progress on projects, communicating with funders, and troubleshooting potential issues;
Contributing to the design of research and evaluation projects including the development of conceptual and analytical frameworks for evaluating social programs and understanding of the rationale and policy context for the evaluation;
Overseeing and/or participating in data collection activities including the design of data collection instruments (e.g., surveys, interview protocols, focus group protocols), site selection; sampling designs, preparation and conduct of site visits, and document review;
Conducting analyses of quantitative and qualitative data and write reports, policy briefs, and other publications to disseminate findings from program evaluations; and
Managing and develop proposals for foundation grants and government contracts and grants.

Qualifications:

A combination of the quantitative, qualitative, analytical, and writing skills, relevant substantive knowledge, and social policy research experience needed to perform the duties described above, and the academic knowledge of and research experience in a discipline that is generally associated with the attainment of a MA or Ph.D. in Public Policy, Economics, Sociology, or other similar social science fields and 6+ years policy research experience or equivalent combination of education and research experience.. Must have both educational background and several years of related research experience. Must demonstrate ability to conduct responsibilities and have prior experience in developing and executing research on a range of social, employment, and human services topics and programs. The ideal candidate is a self-starter possessing high-level oral and written communication skills, who can relate effectively to very senior-level leaders in the federal government and the policy community. A capacity for statistical analysis and SAS/Stata programming is preferred. Must have knowledge of workforce development programs and community and technical colleges and the populations they serve.

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.

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