The Urban Institute
Research Analyst: Child Policy - Early Childhood and Child Welfare/Foster Care (Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population) (R&D)
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 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.
How you'll contribute:
The Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population is seeking a full-time Research Analyst who will be responsible for assisting with research related to child policy, including early childhood research, foster care and the child welfare system.
The Research Analyst will work on a variety of child policy projects and proposals. Ideal candidates will have interest and experience in one or more areas related to child policy, such as child care, early education, early childhood home visiting, parenting and family interventions, children and youth with a history of foster care, including services and outcomes for youth aging out of foster care, and preventing child maltreatment.
The Research Analyst will conduct quantitative data analyses, write literature reviews, support project management, and participate in reporting research findings and presenting data. In addition, the Analyst may support data collection, such as planning site visits, administering surveys, and conducting interviews and focus groups for qualitative studies.
Assemble and analyze quantitative data using software programs such as Stata and SAS
Assist in the development and administration of surveys and questionnaires
Prepare interview and focus group protocols, manage recruitment, and lead and support research team in collecting qualitative data through site visits and phone data collection
Analyze qualitative data to draw out key themes using qualitative data software (e.g. NVivo, ATLAS.ti)
Contribute to presentations, reports, articles, policy briefs, and other written materials
Organize internal and external meetings including developing meeting materials and writing up meeting recaps
Manage proposal and project budgets, create project timelines and schedules, and manage timely delivery of progress reports and deliverables
Review and evaluate prior research to provide insight and write literature reviews
Communicate effectively with multiple research teams and project leaders
What you'll bring:
The successful candidate will have:
A Master's Degree in Public Policy, Social Work, Public Health, Economics, Statistics or related social science field (or will complete by December 2021). A candidate with a Bachelor's degree and multiple years of related research experience will be considered.
A demonstrated interest in early childhood research and/or foster care and the child welfare system
Strong quantitative research skills; experience with qualitative methods is a plus
Prior experience with Stata or R or other quantitative analysis software
Outstanding writing ability
Excellent organizational skills
The ability to work effectively on multiple projects and to take initiative in a fast-paced 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.
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