Research Associate (Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center)

Urban Institute
Washington, DC
Jul 29, 2021
Aug 04, 2021
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Who we are: At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place. Urban's greatest asset is our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. Our employees drive Urban's mission through entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, effective communication, results-orientation, and relationship cultivation. Our success depends on engaging individuals who possess and value these attributes. Within the Urban Institute, the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center (Metro) conducts research on how housing and place shape people's lives. We believe that housing and place matter. Quality, affordable housing anchors families, and the communities where people live can influence nearly everything in their lives: where they work and how they get there; the quality of schools that their children attend; their health and safety; and even their longevity. Responsibilities * Develop or participate in developing research topics, proposals, and research designs * Maintain project budgets timelines, manage grant/contract relationships and deliverables * Develop and maintain partnerships with nonprofits, government agency offices, funders and other entities to support implementation and evaluation of innovative policies and programs * Assist in developing subcontracts, managing subcontractor performance. Assist with delivering training and technical assistance services to implantation partners and subcontractors as needed * Supervise and/or participate in data collection and analysis * Interpret data from a policy perspective * Supervise less senior researchers * Translate research for policymakers and other stakeholders * Participate in writing final reports, presenting results to clients and stakeholders, drafting blogs and other technical assistance or guidance documents * What you'll bring: The successful candidate will have: * Masters or PhD in Public Policy, Social Work, or other field closely related to programs and policies intended for residents of low-income communities * Experience with applied research or working with direct service providers offering housing, social services, youth programming, or other related services, * Knowledge of policy and programs related to any of the following: low-income housing, welfare, reproductive health, food insecurity, or other related topics * Outstanding writing ability * Strong oral communication skills * Good organization and the ability to work effectively on multiple projects at once. * Knowledge and Competencies * Strong presentation and communication skills. * Proficiency with SAS, Stata, R and/or similar analytical software or programming experience a plus What you'll experience: Working in the Nation's Capital- the epicenter of public policy- among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance. In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses. The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law. The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer --Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.#06022021

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