How you’ll contribute:
The Income and Benefits Policy Center is seeking a talented Research Analyst with experience in quantitative and qualitative research and project management. The Research Analyst will work with project teams as part of Urban’s Building America’s Workforce initiative, investigating workforce development, postsecondary education, and other labor policy issues. Subjects of ongoing projects include postsecondary education and training, apprenticeship, labor market policies and worker needs, workforce development systems, youth pathways to postsecondary success and careers, and job quality and workplace standards. The ideal candidate can work collaboratively on a variety of projects focused on policy-relevant research.
· Collect, clean, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data for projects. This includes managing data, writing computer programs for data processing and analysis, producing and reviewing literature reviews, and conducting field work (such as interviews and site visits).
· Assist in designing research to meet high standards of methodological rigor.
· Assist and, on occasion, lead in reporting research findings, including producing tables, graphics, and maps for reports, as well as writing up findings for briefs and reports and presenting at meetings and conferences.
· Coordinate logistical tasks for research proposals, internal and external research events, and research management.
· Assist with project management tasks (such as contractual, financial, timeline, and staffing components of research projects).
· Communicate effectively with multiple research teams and project leaders.
· Direct the work of research assistants.
· Provide support to other areas of the Urban Institute as needed.
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will:
· Possess the knowledge and skills usually associated with a a master’s degree in public policy, economics, sociology, political science, or a related field and/or 2 years of prior experience in public policy research as well as prior experience with project management.
· Exhibit knowledge of the current state of scholarship, practice, and/or policy in at least one of the policy areas through research papers and projects, or professional, advocacy, or volunteer experience. Sample policy areas include: postsecondary education and training, apprenticeship, employer engagement and workforce needs, workforce development systems, youth pathways to postsecondary success and careers, and job quality and workplace standards.
· Lived experience and personal familiarity with employment services, community colleges, or the public workforce system is valued in addition to educational instruction or professional experience.
· Demonstrate outstanding writing ability, problem-solving ability, strong oral communication, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work effectively on multiple projects.
· Display capacity to engage and communicate with individuals of differing backgrounds and experience supporting collaborative projects.
· Engage and communicate with external clients and stakeholders, including program operators and community members.
· Show a strong willingness to learn, adapt and suggest improvements.
· Make effective decisions within boundaries of roles, responsibilities, and authorities
· Use strong interpersonal skills and comfort working both independently and in team environments.
· Have previous experience in a research environment and experience working on evaluations (implementation/process, impact, formative/developmental), and/or policy-related research (preferred).
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.
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