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Research Assistant

Location: New York, NY or Oakland, CA
Job Code: 4102-40

Description

MDRC is seeking a Research Assistant to join our Family Well-Being and Children’s Development policy area and be part of a multi-disciplinary team developing evaluation research on current social policy issues. Studies conducted in the area of Family Well-being and Children’s Development examine how the developmental trajectories of low-income children can be improved through interventions in family employment and economic security; family relationships and mental health; and child care and early education. Assistants work under the guidance and supervision of leading researchers in the fields of developmental psychology, economics, public policy, sociology and social work.

 Responsibilities:

Among other projects, the research assistant hired for this position will play a significant role in the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation, a major multisite random assignment study of the new federal evidence-based home visiting initiative. The Research Assistant will have a range of responsibilities, including:

  • Assistance in all stages of program and evaluation design and implementation
  • Conduct reconnaissance and recruit sites into MDRC evaluations;
  • Serve as liaison between selected sites and MDRC project directors;
  • Involvement in various stages of producing reports, proposals, and papers (coordinating across authors; writing; preparing figures, charts and tables; fact-checking; and documentation)
  • Working with MDRC’s Publications Department staff to produce “camera ready” documents for printing and posting on MDRC’s website
  • General project support, including scheduling meetings and note-taking.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in developmental psychology, economics, public policy, sociology, or related social science field
  • Demonstrated interest in social policy issues affecting low-income children
  • Basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Comfortable working in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency in written and oral Spanish a plus
  • Previous experience working in a non-profit or as a research assistant is a plus

 The position is based in MDRC's New York or California office. 

Some on-the-job training is provided; salary contingent upon experience. 

Please attach a Writing Sample to your application. 

MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Legal work authorization required.





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