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Family Support Researcher

Job ID 1123-3

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.

Mathematica seeks a Family Support Researcher to work in the Children, Youth, and Families Division to conduct studies and program improvement in the areas of strengthening family relationships, responsible fatherhood, and teen pregnancy prevention. Examples of ongoing work include:

  • Identifying implementation challenges and promising solutions for healthy marriage and relationship education programs and working with programs to implement these solutions
  • Identifying strategies to improve father engagement across a range of federal programs
  • Developing and testing innovative training approaches and curriculum modules for prevention programs for adolescents
  • Examining the implementation and effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention programs
  • Providing training and technical assistance to federal grantees in designing and conducting implementation and impact evaluations

Duties for this position may include:

  • Designing studies to evaluate programs and policies, conducting analyses, reviewing and synthesizing existing evidence, and drafting briefs and reports
  • Working collaboratively to improve programs using rapid cycle learning to iteratively test implementation strategies and gather information on their success
  • Helping program administrators and policymakers make decisions by organizing, analyzing, and presenting large amounts of data
  • Guiding programs and policymakers in using evidence to make decisions
  • Providing assistance to programs and other organizations on conducting evaluations
  • Presenting findings to policy, practitioner, and researcher audiences

You would join our growing interdisciplinary staff of psychologists, sociologists, economists, and public policy researchers in the Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) division within the Human Services unit. At Mathematica, we take pride in our commitment to diversity. Building an inclusive culture that draws on the individual strengths of employees from different ethnic backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, abilities, and experience is key to our success.  

Position Requirements:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in psychology, sociology, economics, public policy, or a related field or a combination of equivalent education and work experience
  • Extensive knowledge of federal programs and approaches for supporting children, youth, and families, such as healthy marriage and relationship education; responsible fatherhood; sexual health education; or positive youth development
  • Strong quantitative or qualitative analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience communicating research questions, designs, and findings in non-technical language to program practitioners, state and federal agency staff, and program funders
  • Experience interacting with federal grantees or other program practitioners through activities such as training and technical assistance, program or curriculum development, or continuous quality improvement is desirable
  • Work experience at a human services program or agency is desirable

A cover letter, CV, and writing sample or job market paper must be submitted at the time of application. 

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

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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