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Learning and Strategy Analyst - Advisory Services

Job ID 1588-5

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. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from family support, nutrition, education, early childhood, and employment to health, 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 Employee Stock Ownership Plan (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.

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our research is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices—including decisions about recruitment, training, compensation, and promotion. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We offer Employee Resource Groups for employees who share a common aspect of their identity, local diversity and inclusion activities in each office, and a Diversity Council.

Currently, we are looking for advisory analysts to join our vibrant and growing Human Services division. Learning and strategy analysts support clients and organizations to use data and evidence to inform program improvement, strategy development, policymaking, and product and tool development.

Advisory analysts work collaboratively in teams on projects across domestic policy areas that include family support, education, child development, labor, economic mobility, nutrition, criminal justice, and related topics. We partner with clients such as the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Labor; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and numerous state and local agencies.

Roles and responsibilities for  advisory analysts may include:

  • Engaging with diverse clients and stakeholders to build trust and rapport; gather input; and provide high-quality work, thoughtful recommendations, and responsive communication
  • Developing products such as memoranda and executive summaries of key findings, recommendations for improvement, and practice-focused lessons learned; practitioner-focused materials, including implementation guidance, training curricula, and strategic planning tools; case study and lessons learned briefs; and evaluation findings or portfolio performance reports
  • Translating research knowledge and experience into actionable information and supporting clientsin usingit to inform program or portfolio strategy, decisionmaking, or grantmaking
  • Helping clients embed equity in their strategy or decisionmaking, complete portfolio assessments, and use systems-level thinking to make social impact
  • Developing, applying, and assessing impact frameworks or theories of change to support clients in effectively usingresources to achieve and scale their impact
  • Designing, facilitating, and supporting change management or continuous improvement processesusingparticipatory and human-centered design approaches
  • Delivering training and technical assistance to program staff on using analytic methods to manage and improve programming
  • Contributing to the oversight of projects, including financial monitoring and participating in internal project management and quality assurance procedures

The following projects illustrate our commitment to improving public well-being:

  • Facilitate a networked improvement community made up of school districts using continuous improvement to address student absenteeism and lost contact due to the pandemic
  • Partner with workforce development programs to strengthen the implementation of interventions serving youth through rapid-cycle formative testing
  • Support grantees inusing evidence to inform the design, improvement, and scaling of products and programs with the goal of improving outcomes for students who are Black, Latino, or experiencing poverty
  • Collaborate with Temporary Assistance for Needy Familiesand child support practitioners and program participants to develop resources for using lived experience to inform improvements to operations and service delivery
  • Assist Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programemployment and training providers in designingand testing methods to improve customer engagement and service delivery
  • Partner with foundations to refine their grantmaking strategy or assess the contribution of their grantmaking portfolios

Position Requirements:

  • Understanding the challenges experienced in marginalized communities and a commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Understanding of research methods is required for many (but not all) advisory analyst roles, along with theability to adapt methods to stakeholders’ capacities and needs
  • Ability to use evidence to inform decision making or make concrete recommendations
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to deal tactfully with clients, engage with diverse partners, and facilitate joint problem solving and adult learning
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills and an ability to translate findings for non-technical audiences
  • Ability to thrive with ambiguity, work both independently and in teams, and proactively take on leadership
  • Knowledge of a relevant policy area (or areas) is required; experience working at or with a human services program or agency (for example, a school district or child welfare agency), state or federal government, or foundation is preferred (including as a program participant or beneficiary)
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degreein a relevant field strongly preferred (for example, public policy, economics, sociology, education, psychology, social work, and other social sciences). If the candidate does not have a master’s degree, they should have at least three years of experiencealigned to the roles and responsibilities describedabove; additional experience is preferred.
  • Although not mandatory, analysts may travel domestically, up to 25 percent of time as needed.

Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references. In the cover letter, the applicant should summarize (1) practical experience working directly on relevant topics or working with (or at) relevant agencies or organizations; (2) their analytic skills or experience analyzing, synthesizing, making sense of, and communicating findings from data or other information; and (3) how their experience will position them to be successful in the advisory analyst role.

Mathematica offers a strong benefits package, which includes a profit-sharing 401(k) plan;Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP);health, dental, disability, and life insurance plans; comprehensive paid time off; and tuition benefits. Training and professional development are also provided. Read more about our benefits here: https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance.

In accordance with Executive Order 14042 and its implementing guidelines, all Mathematica employees must provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated or obtain an accommodation through Human Resources by providing documentation from a licensed health care provider that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or provide an attestation that they are entitled to an accommodation because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

All our offices are currently closed, but we will consider candidates to work from any of the below locations, including the option to work remotely at another location within the U.S. Within the application, you will be asked to identify your top location choice(s). When responding, please consider your future preferred location(s).

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

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $60,000-$90,000

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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