Research Assistant

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


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.


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.


  • 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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