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Senior Researcher, Equitable Evaluation

Job ID 1273-5

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 education, early childhood, employment, economic mobility, and family support to nutrition, 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 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. As part of a community of colleagues committed to social impact, you will deliver on the promise of our mission in service of equity and equitable outcomes.

Mathematica is uniquely positioned as a trusted equity-focused learning partner. Over 300 of our staff engage in an Equity Community of Practice to advance our existing evaluation approaches in service of equity-focused grantmaking and policymaking. This Community of Practice is focused on three goals: 1) internalizing an equity results process and identifying the culture change required to partner with foundations, grantees and government agencies; 2) building our capacity to continuously incorporate a set of equity principles into project work, staffing and leadership more broadly; and 3) identifying partnerships and collaborations across internal teams and externally for achieving the vision and commitment to equity.

In an effort to advance this work in partnership with our clients, we are looking for a senior staff member who is passionate about improving the well-being of marginalized or under-served communities to lead Human Services research and evaluation, program improvement, and technical assistance projects for foundations, non-profits, and public agencies.  This work would include projects focused on a variety of Human Service program and policy areas including education, employment, early childhood, family support, and nutrition.

In particular, we seek someone with expertise in equitable evaluation and culturally responsive approaches who can work closely with clients and project teams to apply an equity lens. This includes experience in:

  1. Centering equity principles when engaging stakeholders and communities and co-creating measurement, learning, and evaluation throughout the design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination phases of a project.
  2. Elevating and amplifying the values, voices and validity of those most impacted by research.
  3. Identifying and analyzing how institutional or other factors contribute to disparities and examining strategies to improve outcomes of historically marginalized communities

The following projects illustrate the type of work we have been doing recently:

  • Facilitating grantee communities of practice designed to advance learning and the objectives of a foundation’s early childhood program
  • Conducting studies of initiatives designed to address root causes of educational disparities
  • Providing engaging technical assistance to states and districts to help them implement culturally responsive pedagogies
  • Conducting rapid-cycle learning activities for stakeholder staff involved in two generation programs that combine adult training and early childhood programs and are informed by discussions with those impacted by the programs
  • Conducting child welfare and early childhood studies in tribal communities that secure input from community representatives on study approaches

Duties may include:

  • Bringing an equity focused lens to research and program improvement projects
  • Applying principles of equitable evaluation and incorporating diverse stakeholder, participant, and community voices to the design, data collection, analysis, and reporting in ways that contextualize findings
  • Providing thought leadership in the area of equitable evaluation and culturally responsive methods
  • Building partnerships and engaging with clients to understand the challenges they face and working collaboratively with them to develop innovative solutions, particularly as they relate to equity
  • Leading interdisciplinary teams to conduct research, program improvement, and technical assistance projects
  • Contributing to business development and proposals for new projects for foundations , non-profits, and state or local agencies
  • Working collaboratively with grantees and other practitioners to develop, implement, or test strategies for improving program performance and services in equitable ways
  • Overseeing project budgets, schedules, and staffing to ensure high-quality project delivery
  • Communicating with program/project officers and stakeholders as appropriate on the financial status of projects, design and technical issues, and project reports and presentations
  • Contributing to the professional development of other Mathematica staff, particularly around equitable evaluation practices

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or a combination of equivalent education and work experience
  • Extensive knowledge of how to bring an equity lens to work with foundations, non-profits, or state/local Human Service programs in education, early childhood, employment, and/or family support
  • Ten or more years of experience working with or evaluating Human Service programs (including performance measurement, training and capacity building, evaluation and learning, or strategy setting); at least 5 years of experience leading work in equitable evaluation and culturally responsive approaches
  • Experience interacting with grantees or other program practitioners through such as activities as training and technical assistance, program or curriculum development, continuous quality improvement, or experience facilitating trainings for large groups
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience communicating project priorities, learning questions, and findings in non-technical language to program practitioners, agency staff, and program funders
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with clients, community members, project teams, and other external stakeholders
  • Evidence of successful business development activities with foundations and/or non-profit or public agencies

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.

A cover letter and CV must be submitted at the time of application via our online application system. Additionally, three letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by your references to HumanResources@mathematica-mpr.com.

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $120,000-$180,000. This position may be eligible for a discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance.

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

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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