Who we are:
At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.
Urban’s greatest asset is our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. Our employees drive Urban’s mission through entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, effective communication, results-orientation, and relationship cultivation. Our success depends on engaging individuals who possess and value these attributes.
Within the Urban Institute, the Center on Labor, Human Services and Population (LHP) conducts research that informs and evaluates policies and programs that affect the well-being of children, youth, families and individuals. LHP’s diverse group of policy researchers use a wide-ranging set of disciplinary and methodological expertise used to study the effects of programs, social policies, and the labor market on the well-being of families and individuals, with a special focus on understanding outcomes for vulnerable populations and historically underserved or disadvantaged groups.
How you’ll contribute:
The Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population is seeking a full-time research associate who will be responsible for helping lead research related to child welfare (foster care) and early childhood policies and programs. The research associate will work on a variety of potential projects related to child care quality, access, and subsidies; Head Start and public prekindergarten; home visiting; child and family stability and well-being; preventing child maltreatment; building evidence on effective child welfare interventions; services and outcomes for youth aging out of foster care; housing for youth and families involved in child welfare; and other related topics. The research associate will also work on projects related to vulnerable populations, including disparities and disproportionate outcomes for historically disadvantaged groups along with systemic solutions.
- Analyze quantitative data using statistical analysis software (e.g. Stata, R, SAS).
- Develop and administer surveys and questionnaires.
- Lead efforts to prepare materials and collect qualitative data through site visits and phone data collection.
- Manage qualitative data analysis to draw out key themes using qualitative data software (NVivo, ATLAS.ti).
- Produce tables and graphics for published reports and presentations.
- Co-author research reports, briefs, blogs, and presentations for external audiences.
- Help manage overall project team performance, including direct supervision of assistants and analysts.
- Contribute to the development of proposals, responses to solicitations and other meaningful business cultivation activities.
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will:
- Have a PhD now or expected by winter or summer 2022 in economics, sociology, human development, developmental psychology, public policy, social work, public health, family studies, education, or related social science field or Master’s Degree in one of these fields with 3-5 years of relevant experience.
- Demonstrate experience with early childhood and child welfare systems, policy, and research, including disparities and disproportionate outcomes and associated systemic solutions for historically disadvantaged groups.
- Lived experience or familiarity with child care and early education or the child welfare systems preferred but not required.
- Demonstrate excellent quantitative research skills; experience with qualitative research and primary data collection is a plus.
- Possess experience with Stata, R, or other quantitative coding software.
- Demonstrate ability to think strategically about a research agenda, interact with staff at all levels, work both independently and on team projects, and assist with project management agendas and business development efforts.
- Respect diverse perspectives and value collaborating with colleagues to create a mutually respectful work environment.
- Exhibit high-level oral and written communication skills across various formats and for multiple audiences.
- Possess strong Microsoft Office skills, especially in Word and Excel.
What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters, and enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan and reimbursable commuting expense program.
The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.