Research Assistant (2102-86)
MDRC - New York, NY

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MDRC is seeking a Research Assistant to join our Family Well-Being and Children’s Development policy area and be part of a multidisciplinary team developing evaluation research on current social policy issues. Studies conducted in this area examine how the developmental trajectories of low-income children can be improved through interventions in family employment and economic security, family relationships and mental health, and child care and early education.

The Research Assistant hired for this position will work on an initiative building on aspects of high-quality preschool education likely to improve children’s long-term outcomes. This groundbreaking project is in its early phases and therefore requires a versatile team. The Assistant will work under the guidance and supervision of leading researchers.


The Research Assistant will have a range of responsibilities, including:
  • Assistance in site recruitment, field research, and technical assistance operations
  • Assistance in all stages of program and evaluation design and implementation
  • Involvement in various stages of producing reports, proposals, and papers (coordinating across authors; writing; preparing figures, charts, and tables; fact-checking; and documentation)
  • General project support, including scheduling meetings and note-taking
  • BA/BS in developmental psychology, economics, public policy, sociology, or related social science field
  • Demonstrated interest in social policy issues affecting low-income children/families
  • Basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Comfortable working independently and as part of a team to accomplish goals in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency in written and oral Spanish a plus
  • Previous experience working in a nonprofit or as a research assistant is a plus
The position is based in MDRC's New York office. Some on-the-job training is provided; salary contingent upon experience.

Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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

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