26 days old

Research Associate (Various Policy Centers)

The Urban Institute
Washington, DC 20004
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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.

Urbans greatest asset is our people.We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. Our employees drive Urbans mission through entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, effective communication, results-orientation, and relationship cultivation. Our success depends on engaging individuals who possess and value these attributes.

How youll contribute:

We currently have opportunities for Research Associates in many of our policy centers. All positions have responsibilities which work towards executing a major segment of research projects in policy areas related to welfare, retirement, tax policy, immigration, population studies, public health, education, child welfare and criminal justice.


  • Design the research approach, selecting appropriate quantitative or qualitative tools of analysis,
  • Plan and independently execute a major segment of a social science research project in consultation with and under the general with consultation from more senior staff.
  • Present research findings and report writing
  • Conduct and/or lead focus groups and field research,
  • Project Management and Budgeting
  • Manage, coach and mentor junior staff

What you will Bring:

The successful candidate will

  • Possess a PhD in Economics and an interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Demonstrate strong quantitative skills with demonstrated skills in research methods, preferably through course work or experience in a relevant research position.
  • Exhibit proficiency with statistical software packages (such as SAS or SPSS),
  • Have prior exposure to policy related issues
  • Display excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

What youll experience:

Working in the Nations 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.

Posted: 2021-11-11 Expires: 2021-12-10
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