The Urban Institute
Research Analyst (Income and Benefits Policy Center) (R&D)
At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.
To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.
Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity
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Central to Urban's mission is fostering a truly inclusive community that ensures ongoing relevance to a changing world. The Income and Benefits Policy Center (IBP) at the Urban Institute analyzes family economic well-being from childhood through retirement and undertakes research on a wide range of issues. The Income Support Team in IBP carries out research on a range of topics, including the social safety net, social insurance, taxes, and child support. The team's research includes microsimulation modeling, analyzing the effects of different programs and policy alternatives, and tracking state policies for select safety net programs.
The Income and Benefits Policy Center seeks a research analyst with a strong interest in social safety net programs to join the Income Support Team.
Collect and analyze state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for the Welfare Rules Database project.
Work with large simulation models (TRIM3 and ATTIS) to estimate how changes to safety net policies affect families' economic well-being.
Analyze quantitative data using statistical analysis software (e.g. SAS, State, R).
Contribute to research reports, briefs, and presentations for external audiences.
Summarize findings and present data effectively in multiple formats.
Work with senior staff on proposal development and business cultivation activities.
Who You Are:
The successful candidate will
Possess a master's degree in a field related to social science (e.g. public policy, political science, sociology, or economics), or possess a bachelor's degree in a related field with at least two years of relevant work experience.
Lived experience and personal familiarity with social safety net programs is valued in addition to educational instruction or professional experience.
Have a strong interest in TANF and other social safety net programs.
Be detailed-oriented and self-motivated with the ability to work on multiple priorities, work independently and as part of a team, and communicate effectively.
Exhibit strong quantitative research skills, including prior experience with SAS, R, or similar software. Prior work with household-level data is a plus.
Show outstanding writing ability as well as excellent organization skills.
Have strong skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; Knowledge of Access is a plus.
What You'll Experience:
No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.
Urban's greatest asset is our people.
Urban is committed to supporting our staff's physical, emotional, and financial well-being through a robust benefits package for yourself, eligible dependents, and domestic partners. It includes generous paid time off, including nine federal holidays, medical (including prescription), dental and vision insurance, and transit benefits. Urban is unique in that we offer 403(b) retirement plan participation immediately after you're hired and a generous employer contribution after five months of service and 1,000 hours, with immediate vesting. You'll also have access to a health advocate, personal finance coaching, an Employee Assistance Program, and educational assistance for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
As a federal contractor, Urban will comply with Executive Order (EO) 14042 that requires federal contractors, subcontractors, and their respective employees to comply with Covid-19 vaccinations. All Urban Institute employees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and comply with masking and distancing requirements, regardless of responsibilities or work location. New hires must also be fully vaccinated before starting work. Employees may request exemption from vaccination against COVID-19 based on either a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated. Where such an exemption is approved, Urban will discuss with each employee potential accommodation.
The Urban Institute has formally recognized the Urban Institute Employees' Union, which is part of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). Urban management and the Union work together in good faith and are motivated by a shared commitment to this institution. This position is included in the Union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining negotiations.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.
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