The Income and Benefits Policy Center, whose research focuses on the well-being of people and places across the US, is currently seeking a full-time research associate to join our outstanding team and help manage and lead research related to immigrants and immigration, as well as contribute across the Urban Institute’s multiple research areas. The research associate will work on a variety of immigrant and refugee related projects including survey and qualitative data collection and analysis, policy analysis, program evaluation, and other research areas.
- Work with colleagues to conceive of new research ideas and work collaboratively on a variety of research and technical assistance projects, both independently and within teams
- Develop research designs and methodologies and lead quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
- Collect, clean, and perform advanced manipulation of quantitative data using statistical analysis software (e.g. Stata, R, SAS). This includes managing large databases and using advanced programming techniques for data processing and analysis
- Write up findings of quantitative and qualitative research, produce tables and graphics, conduct literature reviews, and prepare reports, blogs, presentations, and other deliverables
- Manage overall project team performance, including direct supervision of assistants and analysts, management of project schedules and budgets, and communications with funders
- Communicate effectively with multiple research teams and project leaders
- Support senior researchers in identifying and developing new funding sources and partnership opportunities, and contribute to development of proposals and other business development activities
- Present research and participate in public events
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will:
- Possess a PhD now or expected by summer 2021 in sociology, public policy, social work, economics, public health, education, or related social science field, or thesis-based Master’s Degree in one of these fields with significant relevant experience
- Demonstrate knowledge of current immigration policy issues and experience researching immigrant communities, families, and/or workers
- Have strong quantitative analytical skills with demonstrated experience with data analysis tools and software packages (Stata, R, SAS or other coding software) as well as strong Microsoft Office skills
- Have prior experience with both quantitative and qualitative research
- Use excellent organizational skills and critical thinking in project management and quality control
- Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Demonstrate ability to manage projects, interact with staff at all levels, work both independently and on team projects, and meet deadlines
- Be creative, intellectually curious, and display ability to work effectively on competing priorities and communicate technical subjects to nontechnical audiences
- Respect diverse perspectives and value collaborating with colleagues to create a mutually respectful work environment
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 and reimbursable commuting expense program.
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.