Applied Statistics, Computer systems analysis/Programming, Data analysis/processing
MDRC is seeking a Technical Research Analyst with experience with public policy research, with a specific focus on data management and quantitative analysis.
MDRC is a non-profit, nonpartisan research organization that uses experimental studies to build knowledge in the social and education policy fields. The Young Adults and Postsecondary Education policy area conducts research to gauge the effectiveness of programs designed to help low-income students succeed in community colleges.
MDRC offers an intellectually curious and supportive work environment. Technical Research Analysts have the opportunity to work as a part of multidisciplinary teams on current social policy issues in a dynamic and challenging environment, alongside leading public policy experts.
The Technical Research Analyst will be heavily involved with quantitative analysis and will contribute broadly to the development, production, and dissemination of MDRC’s community college research. Key responsibilities include:
Overseeing the collection, processing, and analysis of a variety of primary quantitative data sets. This will include project management responsibilities, as well as supervising junior staff.
Active involvement in various stages of research projects, from proposals to project design to analysis and reporting.
Writing and reviewing SAS code to clean and analyze data; running statistical models and performing data analysis to identify the impacts of social programs.
Contributing to analytical sections of research reports.
Developing Management Information Systems (MIS) and providing support for system users.
Opportunities to present research findings to practitioner, researcher, and policymaker audiences.
Possible travel to visit research sites in the field.
We are looking for candidates with strong academic backgrounds and work experience in quantitative research and/or data management. A strong candidate will have:
Master’s degree in economics, public policy, statistics, mathematics, or social science, or Bachelor’s degree plus equivalent work experience.
Demonstrated interest in policy research.
Experience with a statistical programming or database programming language, such as SAS (preferred), STATA, SPSS or SQL.
Experience with Microsoft Office (especially Word and Excel).
Data management experience.
Experience with CRM software (e.g., Microsoft or Salesforce).
Strong communication and writing skills.
Excellent attention to detail.
On-the-job training, including introductory and supplemental SAS classes and basic statistics training, is provided. Salary will be commensurate with experience and comprehensive benefits are offered. If interested, please attach a writing sample and programming sample to your application.
Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.
MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.
2 openings. Telecommuting is allowed. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Salary contingent upon experience and comprehensive benefits are offered
MDRC is a nationally recognized and highly respected public policy research organization. We are dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income families and children, and increasing the effectiveness of public policies and programs. Established in 1974, MDRC has provided rigorous, nonpartisan, reliable evaluations of key interventions and policies. MDRC is organized into ...five policy areas: Welfare and Barriers to Employment, Families and Children, K-12 Education, Youth and Post-Secondary Education, and Low-Wage Workers and Communities each headed by substantive experts and supported by a management team. With a strong belief in careful analysis and oversight, MDRC brings together funders, policymakers, program operators, public interest groups, and researchers to build social policy initiatives of significance to both government and practitioners. As a research/management assistant, you will have the unusual opportunity to work as part of multi-disciplinary teams on current social policy issues in a dynamic and challenging environment.