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Research Associate-Human Services

Job ID 1540-2

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

We currently have openings for Research Associates in the Human Services Unit and are seeking intellectually curious individuals to contribute to a variety of research, data collection, technical assistance, and operational activities that support evidence-based decision making in areas such as education, early childhood, labor, family support, and nutrition.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Assist in designing and testing data collection instruments and protocols
  • Contribute to reports, memos, and technical assistance documents
  • Support or participate in data collection activities, including survey administration, cognitive interviews, in-depth interviews, site visits, focus groups, classroom observations, or educational testing
  • Support administration and oversight of research tasks, such as recruiting schools and social service programs to participate in evaluations, working with schools and programs to implement evaluations and collect data, preparing training materials, delivering training, and performing quality control activities
  • Perform literature searches and reviews
  • Support quantitative and/or qualitative analyses, including cleaning, coding, and organizing data and assisting with analysis
  • Assist with organizing webinars and technical expert meetings and taking meeting notes
  • Provide onsite and remote technical assistance to grantees, programs, and government agencies on the use of research methods and evidence-based quality improvement
  • Create and maintain spreadsheets using Microsoft Project or Excel
  • Manage projects by developing and tracking schedules, finances, and logistics
  • Some travel is likely required

Position Requirements:

  • Strong educational background and a Bachelor's degree in a public policy, sociology, psychology, economics, education, or related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Academic or job-related experience conducting research or data collection in human services fields is highly desired
  • Strong organizational skills with flexibility to handle multiple tasks and work on multiple projects
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, and self-directed, with strong interpersonal skills
  • Facilitation skills, including public speaking, real-time adaptability, and ability to translate complex or conceptual thoughts into more concrete and clear information
  • Desire and ability to work as part of a research team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, and/or PowerPoint
  • Experience with quantitative or qualitative analytic software such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, R, NVivo, or ATLAS.ti is a plus
  • Spanish, French, or other language fluency is a plus

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.

Please submit a cover letter and your resume during the online application process. This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $50,000-$60,000 and may be eligible for an annual bonus based on company and individual performance.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or 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.

In accordance with Executive Order 14042 and its implementing guidelines, all Mathematica employees must provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain an accommodation through Human Resources by providing documentation from a licensed health care provider that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or provide an attestation that they are entitled to an accommodation because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

All of our offices are currently closed, but we will consider candidates to work from any of the below locations, including the option to work remotely at another location within the U.S. Within the application, you will be asked to identify your top location choice(s). When responding, please consider your future preferred location(s).

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

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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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