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Research Analyst

Job ID 1388-6

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. 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. Read more about our benefits here: https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance

We are seeking Research Analysts to contribute to a variety of research, analytic, survey, and operational activities within our health, human services and international units that support evidence-based decision making in areas such as U.S. health care policy, program operations, education, early childhood, labor, family support, disability, nutrition, just to name a few. Research Analysts partner with researchers and other staff to design and execute user-focused evaluations and other measurement and learning efforts that help answer pressing research questions and translate findings into actionable lessons and recommendations.

We seek candidates that will thrive in a collaborative, team-based environment that prioritizes analytical rigor, critical thinking, and a client-centered approach. This role is ideal for individuals with strong research and analytical skills, a commitment to using data and evidence to drive change and an interest in above listed policy areas and who enjoy working in a collaborative environment that emphasizes quality, rigor, and critical thinking.

Responsibilities may vary a little within our different units but primarily will include the following:

  • Working on interdisciplinary, cross-office research teams to design and implement evaluations and a range of measurement and learning efforts using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods; you will have the opportunity to contribute to and grow your skills in impact evaluation, strategy and portfolio reviews, performance measurement, dashboard development for multi-project initiatives, and a range of other methods
  • Conducting literature reviews, landscape scans, and background research to inform evaluation design, help “connect the dots” between our research and the field, and generate findings that are grounded in context and build on what is known
  • Developing survey instruments, focus group discussion guides, and in-depth interview guides for a variety of stakeholders, from the ultimate beneficiaries of the programs we evaluate, such as women and girls, to those participating in and implementing these programs on the ground, such as teachers, farmers, and healthcare workers, to those overseeing these programs, such as development partner staff and government officials
  • Overseeing local partners conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection (including supporting efforts to pilot and refine instruments, leading training sessions for data collectors, training data quality observers, and supporting other data quality assurance efforts)
  • Conducting in-depth analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Working with project teams to develop reports, data visualizations, policy briefs, and slide decks that share our results and analysis, as well as action-oriented lessons and recommendations, with a range of audiences; support and participate in meetings, presentations, and learning workshops that facilitate discussion of our results and their implications
  • Supporting the growth of Mathematica by contributing to proposals and other business development efforts

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with commensurate experience
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to make complex information understandable to many audiences with various types and levels of subject matter and technical expertise
  • Understanding of measurement and evaluation; ability to adapt methods to stakeholders’ capacities and needs
  • Ability to identify and collect data, and perform quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Ability to assess the needs of client’s programs and develop plans to address those needs, consistent with adult learning principles
  • Ability to use evidence to inform decision making or make concrete recommendations
  • Ability to identify and integrate equity strategies into research and evaluation design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to deal tactfully with clients and stakeholders, engage with diverse partners, and facilitate joint problem solving
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including for non-technical audiences
  • Prior experience working with/in federal, state, or local agencies
  • Work with/in agencies serving marginalized communities is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred

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. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We offer Employee Resources Groups on a variety of topics, local diversity and inclusion activities in each office, and a Diversity council.

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.

We will begin actively recruiting for this position in late 2021/early 2022.

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

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.

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $60,000-$100,000.

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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