Mathematica Careers

Employer
Mathematica Policy Research
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
May 15, 2018
Closes
May 29, 2018
Function
Accountant, IT
Hours
Full Time
Position DescriptionMathematica is a nationally-recognized nonpartisan policy research organization that conducts policy analysis, program evaluation, data collection, and data analytics, and provides technical assistance to help programs build and use evidence effectively. We improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations.We are seeking senior researchers to lead studies and evidence-based technical assistance efforts in the areas of child welfare, education, family support, child development, labor, and related topics. The following projects illustrate the type of work we currently have under way:A project to use behavioral science to design and evaluate program improvementsA study to estimate the prevalence of identity theft in the SNAP (food stamp) programA study using predictive analytics to better understand the characteristics of children and families who use child welfare and Medicaid servicesAn evaluation of programs that provide coaching for hard-to-employ low-income populationsAn evaluation to examine the impacts of charter schools on students' achievement, students' school success, and parents' satisfactionA project to provide TANF agencies evidence-based technical assistance on improving their servicesA project to provide states, school districts, and organizations with assistance on developing approaches to strengthen the professional development of teachers and principals As a senior human services researcher, you would join our staff of over 300 doctoral-level researchers and work in a multidisciplinary setting that includes staff with degrees in public policy, economics, statistics, psychology, education, sociology, demography, and related fields. This position can be located in any of the following offices: Princeton, NJ, Washington, DC, Cambridge, MA, Oakland, CA, Chicago, IL, Ann Arbor, MI, or Seattle, WA. 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. We encourage and provide support for staff to engage in professional activities such as preparing journal articles and participating in conferences. We strongly encourage applications by researchers of all racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Duties of the position Develop and design research projects, identify appropriate analytical methods, conduct analyses, write briefs and reports, and present the findings to policy and professional audiencesProvide technical assistance to improve programs by identifying and developing evidence-based approaches and supporting continuous quality improvement effortsDirect teams, work closely with government and other clients, and oversee analyses and other aspects of projectsContribute to business development and proposals for new projectsPosition RequirementsPh. D. or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, demography, statistics, psychology, education, or related fieldFive or more years of professional research experience and an established research recordExperience directing major research efforts, developing both large and small proposals, developing budgets, and monitoring project costsExcellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to translate research findings for practitioner and policy audiencesAbility to work collaboratively in cross-disciplinary teams and with clients

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