Associate - Education
Social & Economic Policy - United States

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An Abt Associate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers working in one or more of the following areas: child care, education, youth development, family support, community service, and youth development. Associates are expected to take on major roles in the conduct of research studies that address domestic social policy issues of national importance. Associates are expected to be an active member of and contributor to the research and policy communities and develop a reputation as an expert in their field of interest. An Associate must be able to work independently, but also function effectively as part of a project team.

Specific responsibilities are:
Leads major tasks (e.g., research design, instrument development, data collection, data analysis, or report writing) of large-scale studies or acts as the overall lead on smaller-scale studies. Provides technical direction to staff to ensure that the work is of the highest scientific quality, is completed on-time, and within budget resources.
Contributes to the field of research and evaluation in their areas of expertise through the presentation of papers at professional conferences or publication of technical reports, journal articles, and policy briefs.
Leads the development of major sections of proposals for research grant and contract funding opportunities. Manages and reviews the contributions of junior staff and troubleshoots problems or questions throughout the proposal process.
Initiates and develops contacts with possible funders of education research and evaluation.
Develops an industry presence as an expert in a particular subject areas or in a major social policy area.

****This position is available in Cambridge, MA or Bethesda, MD****

Skills Prerequisites:
Experience and interest in program implementation, quantitative and qualitative analysis with some demonstrated success in managing projects. Preferred candidates have recent experience working on federally supported research and evaluation projects and who are interested in the translation of research into policy and practice.