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Sr. Researcher, Disability Policy (Remote Eligible)

Job ID 2163

Position Description:

About Mathematica:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of technology, 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 technology and advanced 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. Read more about our benefits here: 

About the opportunity:

Mathematica is searching for a seasoned professional with experience developing, designing, and leading research on programs and policies for people with disabilities. Senior Researchers direct projects and drive solutions for our clients’ most challenging problems. In particular, we are looking for individuals who can support current and emerging work in our disability policy area, with demonstrated ability in the following areas:

  • Applying a deep understanding of disability programs (such as SSA SSDI/SSI, vocational rehabilitation agencies, Medicaid/Medicare) and the administrative data sources that support disability policy research
  • Applying a deep understanding of quantitative study design, beneficiary engagement, and mixed methods to lead data collection and analysis activities.
  • Designing approaches to evaluate programs and policies for people with disabilities such as state vocational rehabilitation, workforce programs, SSI, and SSDI
  • Conducting advanced quantitative analyses using administrative and survey data
  • Translating state-of-the-art disability policy research into action-oriented information for policymakers and practitioners.
  • Facilitating meetings with federal, state, and other clients and entities including consultants and teaming partners.
  • Providing the energy, direction, organization, and quality control needed to keep projects on time and on budget and to facilitate communications across and between internal and external contributors.
  • Contributing to business development by creating technical proposals and budgets.

Duties of the position:

  • Direct multidisciplinary teams on fast-paced complex projects such as evaluations, monitoring, and technical assistance activities for programs and policies for people with disabilities
  • Engage with federal and other clients to understand the challenges they face and work collaboratively with them to develop innovative solutions
  • Apply rigorous design and analytic thinking to the collection and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Engage in business development efforts and lead proposals for new projects
  • Author project reports, memos, issue briefs, and webinar presentations and represent Mathematica to policy and professional audiences and oversee the work of others
  • Contribute to the growth, expertise, and institutional knowledge of staff working in the disability policy area, including active mentorship
  • Engage in external thought leadership in the form of published manuscripts, conference presentations, and the like.

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s or doctoral degree, or equivalent experience, in public policy, economics, behavioral or social sciences, public health, or other relevant disciplines
  • At least 5 years of experience working in research and evaluation of disability programs and policies
  • Expertise in quantitative methods and a deep understanding of disability policy issues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to explain observations and findings to diverse stakeholder audiences including program administrators and policymakers
  • Demonstrated ability to lead successful proposals for federal and other clients
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead major evaluations, coordinating the work of multidisciplinary teams
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; flexibility to lead and manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadline

This position offers an anticipated base salary of $120,000 - $160,000 annually. This position is eligible for an annual discretionary bonus based on individual and company performance.


Available Locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL; Oakland, CA; Remote

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.

At Mathematica, we understand the importance of building relationships with colleagues. If you’re not located near one of our offices but would like opportunities to meet up with co-workers, we offer coworking spaces where available. Ask your Talent Acquisition partner for more information about this opportunity and whether it’s an option in your area.

Any offer of employment will be contingent upon passing a background check. Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo 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. Additionally, if you participate in/complete the application process and are denied, Mathematica may choose to terminate your employment.

Although Mathematica does not require vaccination from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, various projects or agencies may require documentation of vaccination (or an approved exception/accommodation).

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex projects. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high quality work.

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work 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—including decisions regarding recruitment, training, compensation, and promotion. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

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