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Human Services Researcher

Job ID 802-2

Position Description:

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.

  • Using  behavioral science to design and evaluate program improvements

  • Estimating the prevalence of identity theft in the SNAP (food stamp) program

  • Using predictive analytics to better understand the characteristics of children and families who use child welfare and Medicaid services

  • Evaluating programs that provide coaching for hard-to-employ low-income populations

  • Examining the impacts of charter schools on students' achievement

  • Providing TANF agencies evidence-based technical assistance on improving their services

  • Providing school districts with assistance on developing approaches to strengthen the professional development of teachers and principals

Mathematica is seeking researchers for our Human Services division to conduct studies and technical assistance projects in education, family support, child welfare, child development, labor, and related topics analyses. Duties may include:

  • Design rigorous methods for evaluating programs and policies, conduct analyses, review and synthesize existing evidence, draft briefs and reports

  • Help program administrators and policymakers make decisions by cleaning, organizing, analyzing, and presenting large amounts of data

  • Provide assistance to programs and other organizations on conducting evaluations

  • Guide programs and policymakers in using evidence to make decisions

  • Present findings to policy, practitioner, and researcher audiences

You would join our multidisciplinary staff of over 300 doctoral-level researchers. 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.

Position Requirements:

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

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.

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