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Program Associate

Job ID 806-2

Position Description:

Mathematica is a nationally recognized research organization that conducts social policy studies on health care, disability, education, welfare, nutrition, and related topics. Our mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for our clients, which include federal, state, and local government agencies, commercial organizations, and private foundations. We offer employees a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership. We provide generous paid time off and an on-site fitness center.

We currently have openings for program associates in the Human Services business unit. The Human Services business unit delivers a range of policy research, program evaluation, technical assistance, data collection, and performance management services on topics including disability, education, early childhood, employment, family support, justice, and management services. The program associate position in the Human Services business unit offers unique opportunities for continued advancement and professional growth throughout one's career at Mathematica.

As a program associate, you will manage projects, coordinate project activities, and provide logistical, operational, and analytical support to our multidisciplinary teams throughout the company. Program associates work closely with project directors and task leaders to meet project objectives while remaining on schedule and on budget. Program associates draw on their problem-solving abilities, interpersonal skills, organizational aptitude, and policy content knowledge to plan, manage, and close out complex projects. 

 The position responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following tasks: 

  • Manage projects by developing and tracking components of project operations including schedules, finances, and logistics

  • Evaluate operational components of projects and programs and outline risks, options, and solutions for action by senior staff members or client agencies

  • Record, monitor, and analyze project expenditures. Related work includes monitoring subcontractor expenses and invoicing, conducting cost analyses, and forecasting project costs

  • Serve as a liaison among technical project staff, researchers, internal business departments, external consultants, subcontractors, and client representatives to successfully execute project work

  • Ensure project adherence to data privacy and security requirements and other contractual stipulations

  • Develop and maintain SharePoint websites, Microsoft Project databases, Excel spreadsheets, and other collaboration tools

  • Coordinate and conduct qualitative research tasks, including supporting literature reviews, conducting qualitative interviews, and organizing and taking notes for large panel meetings

Position Requirements:

  • Strong educational background and a BA/BS in relevant field (Public Policy, Business, Management, Operations, Economics, Political Science, or Social Science)

  • Interest in project management and/or evaluating government programs for quality, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and technological innovation

  • Experience with (or interest and aptitude in learning) Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and Project 

  • 0-2 years experience related to business analysis, government program operations, consulting, research, data analysis, or other relevant employment

  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and work in a multi-disciplinary team setting

  • Ability to multitask and manage competing priorities, and work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

    Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial are okay), a short writing sample, and salary requirements. You will be asked to attach these materials during the online application process.

    Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA

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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