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Senior Human Services Researcher

Job ID 889-4

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength.

We are seeking senior researchers to lead evaluations, data analytic engagements, and evidence-based technical assistance and program integrity efforts in the areas of education, family support, employment, child welfare, assistance programs, and related topics. The following projects illustrate some of our recent work:

  • A project to provide states, school districts, and organizations with assistance on developing approaches to strengthen the professional development of teachers and principals

  • A project to review evidence in the areas of father and paternal relative engagement in child welfare, identify key touchpoints for engagement, and review continuous learning processes

  • A study to quantify the extent of identity theft in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by estimating the its prevalence and cost to the program

  • An evaluation to examine the impacts of charter schools on students' achievement, students' school success, and parents' satisfaction

  • A project to design an evaluation framework and pilot data system to enhance the National Science Foundation’s ability to monitor programs and to conduct evaluations with rigor

  • A project to use behavioral science to design and evaluate program improvements

As a senior human services researcher, you will work in a multidisciplinary setting that includes staff with degrees in public policy, economics, statistics, psychology, 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 preparing journal articles and participating in conferences.

Duties of the position

  • Engage with clients to understand the challenges they face and work collaboratively with them to develop innovative solutions

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

  • Contribute to business development efforts and proposals for new projects

  • Develop and design projects that address clients’ needs

  • Present to policy and professional audiences

Position Requirements:

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

  • Seven or more years of relevant professional experience

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

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

  • Experience leading proposals to address the needs of public-service agencies

  • 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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