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Human Services ResearcherJob ID 694-3
Mathematica is a nationally-recognized nonpartisan policy research organization that conducts policy analysis, program evaluation, data collection, and data analytics, and provides technical assistance to help programs build and use evidence effectively. We improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations. The following projects illustrate the type of work we currently have under way.
A project to use behavioral science to design and evaluate program improvements
A study to estimate the prevalence of identity theft in the SNAP (food stamp) program
A study using predictive analytics to better understand the characteristics of children and families who use child welfare and Medicaid services
An evaluation of programs that provide coaching for hard-to-employ low-income populations
An evaluation to examine the impacts of charter schools on students' achievement, students' school success, and parents' satisfaction
A project to provide TANF agencies evidence-based technical assistance on improving their services
A project to provide states, school districts, and organizations with assistance on developing approaches to strengthen the professional development of teachers and principals
Mathematica is seeking human services researchers to conduct studies and technical assistance projects in education, family support, child welfare, child development, labor, and related topics analyses. Duties include:
Design rigorous methods for evaluating programs and policies, conduct analyses, review and synthesize existing evidence, draft briefs and reports
Provide assistance to programs and other organizations on conducting evaluations
Provide evidence-based technical assistance to programs on using and building evidence to guide their decisions.
Present findings to policy, practitioner, and researcher audiences and publish in professional journals
You would join our multidisciplinary staff of over 300 doctoral-level researchers with degrees in public policy, economics, statistics, psychology, education, sociology, demography, and related fields. This position can be located in any of the following offices: Princeton, NJ, Washington, DC, Cambridge, MA, Oakland, CA, or Chicago, IL. We offer our employees a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and employee ownership. We strongly encourage applications by researchers of all racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.
Ph.D. or equivalent in public policy, economics, sociology, demography, statistics, psychology, education, or a related field
Strong quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to translate complex research methods and findings for a practitioner and policy audience
Ability to work well in teams
Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.
A cover letter, CV, and writing sample or job market paper must be submitted at the time of application. Additionally, three letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by your references to HumanResources@mathematica-mpr.com
Available Locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.