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Senior Child Welfare Lead

Job ID 899-5

Position Description:

Mathematica partners with public- and private-sector organizations to use evidence to improve programs and policies. We are dedicated to improving public well-being and reimagining the way the world gathers and uses data. Our 1,200-plus experts collect, build, and analyze evidence to address urgent social challenges. Mathematica works across the country and around the globe, serving federal agencies, state and local governments, foundations, universities, professional associations, and businesses. Our analyses yield information that guide decisions in areas ranging from child welfare, education, and family support to nutrition, health, employment, disability, criminal justice, and international development.

We are seeking a seasoned professional to lead efforts to support improvements in child welfare programs and systems. Candidates should have expertise in state child welfare data systems and applying these skills to provide technical assistance to federal, state, and local child welfare agencies.

 The following projects illustrate some of our recent work:

  • A project combining child welfare and Medicaid data from two states to understand predictors of placement instability in foster care

  • Assistance to state and local child welfare agencies in improving the quality of their data

  • Efforts to assist agencies in using linked administrative data on child maltreatment incidence

  • A project documenting variability of child maltreatment definitions and policies across states

  • A project on the use of continuous learning processes focused on improving the child welfare system’s connection to fathers and paternal relatives

  • The provision of evaluation technical assistance to local agencies attempting to prevent homelessness among those who exit the child welfare system

  • A study identifying promising strategies to address substance use among child welfare involved families in rural communities

As a senior child welfare lead, you will work in a multidisciplinary setting that includes staff with degrees in social work, public policy, psychology, economics, statistics, education, sociology, demography, and related fields. We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high-quality work. As a winner of the "Excellence in Diversity Award," we know that building an inclusive culture based on the diverse strengths of employees from different backgrounds is key to our success.

We offer our employees 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 participating in conferences, blogging, and other thought leadership for the field.

 Duties of the position

  • Design and implement high quality data analytics projects for federal, state, and local clients

  • Engage with clients remotely and on-site to understand the challenges they face and work collaboratively with them to develop innovative technical assistance and program improvement solutions

  • Direct project teams and oversee all aspects of high quality project delivery

  • Lead business development efforts for new projects

  • Disseminate project findings and other information to policymakers and other professional audiences

Position Requirements:

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

  • Seven or more years of relevant professional experience

  • Knowledge of state or local child welfare data systems

  • A demonstrated history of working collaboratively with state and local governments

  • Experience directing major projects that support evidence-based decision making

  • Experience leading business development efforts

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to translate evidence for program and policy audiences

  • Ability to work collaboratively in cross-disciplinary 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 and CV 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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