Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of low-income people and communities, being part of a diverse and multidisciplinary staff, turning research findings into better public policies, and having hands-on involvement in building better programs? Consider an opportunity with MDRC to be involved in the cutting edge of social policy research methodology.
MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social and education policy research organization that works to find solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. We design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. MDRC is currently seeking Research Assistants to work in our dynamic and challenging environment. Candidates with immediate availability are encouraged to apply.
- Assisting in general project and management support for multiple projects, including scheduling meetings, taking notes, managing project organization databases, communicating with team members about timelines and responsibilities, updating work plans, and drafting progress reports
- Providing assistance to project teams in the planning and execution of research or technical assistance, which may include:
- Preparing literature reviews
- Participating in qualitative research, such as coding, organizing and attending site visits (site visits are being held virtually until in-person travel is safe) to support data collection efforts through conducting interviews, note taking, documentation, or observation.
- Supporting program operations working with technical assistance teams in coordination with partnering agencies, schools, and nonprofits, on activities that include documenting communications, and scheduling, preparing for, and participating in site visits and trainings.
- Supporting the production and coordination of reports, proposals, and other deliverables which may include coordinating across multiple authors; memo writing; literature searches; preparing figures, charts, and tables; fact-checking and documentation
- Performing other tasks and duties reasonably related to job responsibilities
Strong candidates will have:
- BA/BS in psychology, economics, public policy, sociology, or related social science field
- Demonstrated interest in social policy issues
- Basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Excellent attention to detail
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Strong time management skills
- Comfortable working in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment
- Strong writing and verbal communication skills
- Demonstrated sensitivity to engaging individuals from vulnerable populations or organizations that serve individuals from those populations
- Proficiency in written and oral Spanish is a plus
- Previous experience working in a nonprofit or as a research assistant is a plus
The following policy area has openings in our New York City or Oakland locations:
- Economic Mobility, Housing, and Communities. Test initiatives to increase job retention and career mobility for workers receiving low wages, to provide support to working parents with low incomes and their families, and to improve the quality of life in communities with high levels of poverty.
Timing: Please see “What to expect from MDRC’s recruitment process” for more information.
Location: Based in MDRC’s New York City or Oakland, CA office, but we anticipate remote work through January 2022.
Compensation and benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits and relocation assistance offered. Some on-the-job training is provided.
Instructions: When submitting your application, please include:
- Cover letter
- Writing sample
- Names of three references
Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. Please note that the health and safety of our employees and candidates is very important to us and that interviews (when scheduled) will be conducted via video conferencing.
MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No qualified applicant, employee, intern, volunteer, or apprenticeship trainee will be discriminated against on the basis of his, her, or their race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, national origin (including physical, cultural or linguistic characteristics), marriage to or association with persons of a national origin group, tribal affiliation, membership in or association with an organization identified with or seeking to promote the interests of a national origin group, name that is associated with a national origin group, accent, language use, immigration status, citizenship, possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their lawful presence in the United States, and other definitions under California or other states’ laws, ancestry, creed, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), age, citizenship, veteran and/or military status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, gender transitioning or perceived gender transitioning, marital status or civil partnership/union status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, protected medical leaves (requesting or being approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act) or similar state family medical leave laws, domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law. Legal work authorization is required. To request a reasonable accommodation during any stage of MDRC’s employment process due to a disability, please contact HRQuestions@mdrc.org.
MDRC’s dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion exceed compliance requirements. We believe that recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce of all backgrounds and perspectives improves the quality and relevance of our research, as well as the daily experiences of our staff. By fostering an equitable culture of inclusivity and belonging, we seek an environment in which staff feel welcomed, valued, and engaged in their work.