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Senior Researcher - Research and Evaluation (Food assistance and child nutrition programs)

Job ID 1253-1

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

Mathematica is currently seeking senior researchers who are passionate about improving the economic and nutritional well-being of low-income children, youth, and families to lead research and evaluation projects in our vibrant and growing Human Services unit. In particular, we seek experienced senior researchers to lead projects focusing on USDA’s food assistance and child nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Child Nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), as well as private philanthropic and nonprofit clients.  

The successful candidate(s) will join our growing interdisciplinary staff of public policy, public health, and nutrition researchers in the Children, Youth, and Families (CFY) division within the Human Services unit. Senior researchers will contribute to continuing growth in the CYF division by directing projects, identifying and obtaining new opportunities, and mentoring junior staff. We offer our employees a stimulating team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership.

Duties may include:

  • Leading interdisciplinary teams to conduct all stages of research, including design, data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Overseeing activities of project teams and managing schedules and budgets to ensure high-quality project delivery
  • Building and maintaining relationships with clients to understand the challenges they face and working collaboratively with them to develop innovative solutions
  • Providing thought leadership related to SNAP, other food assistance, or child nutrition  programs through publications, presentations at conferences, testimony, and other communications
  • Bringing an equity-focused lens to research and evaluation design, execution, and dissemination
  • Mentoring staff to support their professional development and growth
  • Contributing to business development activities, including leading proposals for new projects for the USDA, other government agencies, and foundations

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in public policy, public health, nutrition, economics, or a related field
  • Ten or more years’ experience leading research projects focused on SNAP, WIC, and/or the Child Nutrition programs
  • Extensive knowledge of SNAP, WIC, and/or the Child Nutrition programs, including program operations and relevant policies
  • Methodological expertise in data collection and quantitative and/or qualitative analysis. Experience with dietary assessment methodology and/or measuring food security considered a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience disseminating research findings to non-technical audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with clients and other external stakeholders
  • Evidence of successful business development activities with the federal government or state or local government agencies
  • Demonstrated success in managing and leading teams, collaborating, mentoring, and delegating

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.

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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