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Senior Human Services Researcher

Job ID 695-2

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. 

We are seeking senior researchers to lead studies and evidence-based technical assistance efforts in the areas of child welfare, education, family support, child development, labor, and related topics. 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

As a senior human services researcher, you would join our staff of over 300 doctoral-level researchers and work in a multidisciplinary setting that includes staff 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, Chicago, IL, Ann Arbor, MI, or Seattle, WA. We offer our employees a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership. We encourage and provide support for staff to engage in professional activities such as preparing journal articles and participating in conferences. We strongly encourage applications by researchers of all racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.

Duties of the position

  • Develop and design research projects, identify appropriate analytical methods, conduct analyses, write briefs and reports, and present the findings to policy and professional audiences

  • Provide technical assistance to improve programs by identifying and developing evidence-based approaches and supporting continuous quality improvement efforts

  • Direct teams, work closely with government and other clients, and oversee analyses and other aspects of projects

  • Contribute to business development and proposals for new projects

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, demography, statistics, psychology, education, or related field

  • Five or more years of professional research experience and an established research record

  • Experience directing major research efforts, developing both large and small proposals, developing budgets, and monitoring project costs

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to translate research findings for practitioner and policy audiences

  • Ability to work collaboratively in cross-disciplinary teams and with clients

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 must be submitted at the time of application.

Available Locations:  Ann Arbor, MI; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL; Princeton, NJ; Oakland, CA; Washington, DC; Seattle, WA

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.

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