Research Assistant (2102-52)
MDRC - New York, NY

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MDRC is seeking to fill a Research Assistant position to work in the Measurement and Tools segment of its Survey Unit. For more than 35 years, surveys have been a key data source for MDRC’s projects, involving direct interviews with adults, adolescents, and children; observations of parent-child and classroom interactions; web-based program staff reports; literacy and math skills testing; and more recently introducing innovative measures, such as program fidelity, child outcomes, and attitudinal, mental, and physical attributes. MDRC often contracts with nationally known survey firms to collect these data.

Our Survey Unit works closely with both research teams and survey firms to define, design, and execute a wide variety of surveys covering policy areas including kindergarten through twelfth grade, early childhood development and family well-being, employment and training, community colleges, housing, and hard-to-employ populations, such as ex-offenders, people with disabilities, and disconnected youth.

The Unit is made up of two groups: The Project Support Group works directly with researchers and survey firms on projects and the Measurement and Tools Group provides knowledge bases as well as supporting tools and other mechanisms to maximize the quality of survey measurement and execution. The Research Assistant will have numerous responsibilities in defining, implementing, managing, and maintaining the various facilities that help MDRC teams successfully undertake their survey efforts.

Responsibilities:
Among the Research Assistant’s responsibilities are the following (this list will evolve over time):

Administrative responsibility for the Survey Unit SharePoint site. Maintain all site content:

Basic content — Keeping guidelines and resource materials up-to-date and relevant. Working with Survey Unit and research staff to add new materials and delete outdated materials.

Active content — Working with research staff to maintain project content.

Knowledge bases — Proactive role in harvesting knowledge both inside and outside MDRC and ensuring that the knowledge bases remain up-to-date.

Build a working relationship with the research department’s Survey Measurement Group, consisting of experts from each of MDRC’s policy areas.

Work with Survey Unit and research staff to define tool set upgrades and enhancements and work with MDRC’s IT group to design, test, and implement upgrades.

Support outreach activities (e.g., lunch forums, training on using tools).

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or above.

Foundation knowledge of survey methods and measurement concepts. Breadth and depth of survey and measurement knowledge will be expected to grow as part of carrying out the duties described above.

Comfort with information technology and dealing with IT issues. Experience with some technical domain, most preferably SharePoint. Ability to learn SharePoint basics and be quickly able to perform basic SharePoint design tasks. Ability to work closely with MDRC IT and Applications Development Group on technical issues and efforts.

Strong written and oral communication skills.

Able to form working relationships with a wide variety of MDRC staff and possibly non-MDRC people.

Well-organized, detail-oriented, comfortable working against multiple deadlines, and able to work independently and as part of a team.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered.

Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, MDRC strongly encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply. Legal work authorization required.