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Human Services Research Analyst

Job ID 1044-3

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve social well-being. 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 health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, and disability. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and 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.

We are looking for Research Analysts to join our team in the Human Services Division. Research Analysts typically work across multiple domestic policy areas. Analysts may work on primary research studies (e.g. randomized evaluations of programs), perform secondary research (e.g. analyzing existing data or conducting a systematic review of research), or provide technical assistance to other organizations on evaluation design, program design and implementation, and ways to refine the organization’s priorities and strategies. As a Research Analyst, you would join our staff of research professionals, which includes researchers in the fields of public policy, economics, and other social sciences, as well as analysts, research assistants, and programmers.

In our Human Services Division, staff work on projects in the following domestic policy areas:

Education (sample projects: building the capacity of states, districts, and foundation grantees to use data; studying supports for teachers and principals; conducting systematic reviews of research on education interventions)

Family support
(sample projects: advising state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [TANF] administrators on evidence-based ways to increase program engagement; providing technical assistance to reduce youth homelessness)

Early childhood (sample projects: conducting nationally representative studies of Head Start and Early Head Start; facilitating a community of practice among local organizations seeking to improve child care services; and conducting systematic reviews of research on home visiting programs)

Labor (sample projects: evaluating the impact and implementation of employment and training programs; engaging workforce development program staff in continuous improvement approaches)

Nutrition (sample projects: researching initiatives to address childhood hunger; estimating the impact of changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance [SNAP] program)

Criminal justice (sample projects: evaluating initiatives for multiple populations in jails and prisons and former offenders)

Key project activities for Human Services Research Analysts include the following:

  • Contributing to systematic reviews of existing research
  • Providing technical assistance and consultation on research-based strategies and supporting program implementation and quality improvement efforts
  • Organizing, designing, and facilitating onsite and virtual planning sessions, trainings, and other meetings with school districts and federal, state, and local social service agencies
  • Supporting researchers and programmers in conducting quantitative analyses with large databases to determine program outcomes, data analytics, and policy simulations
  • Conducting in-depth interviews or focus groups and performing qualitative analyses
  • Writing a range of products, including (1) memoranda, briefs, or reports summarizing key findings, potential recommendations for improvement, and practice-focused lessons learned; (2) practitioner-focused documents, including implementation guidance, training curricula, and strategic planning tools; and (3) technical assistance briefs
  • Contributing to the oversight of projects, including financial monitoring and participating in internal project management and quality assurance procedures
  • Demonstrating familiarity and strength around the importance of practicing equitable evaluation and diversity, equity and inclusion

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, organizational behavior, education, social work, sociology, economics, statistics, business administration, or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Analytic mindset and aptitude for conducting rigorous qualitative and/or quantitative research
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with clients and other external stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of current policy issues in one or more of the following areas: education, early childhood, family support, labor, nutrition, or other relevant areas
  • Experience in consulting or in providing technical assistance and support to schools, school districts, human services agencies or non-governmental organizations is desirable
  • Experience in facilitating meetings and trainings, strategic planning processes, or human-centered design is desirable
  • Work experience with a policy research organization, state or federal government, foundation, school or school district, or human services program is desirable

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample that demonstrates analytic thinking (preferably illustrating research or analysis skills on a policy-related topic), transcripts (unofficial or official), and contact information for three references.

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