Website Mathematica Policy Research
A new Human Services Research Analyst employment is available in Seattle, WA. Highly motivated candidates with excellent communication skills are encouraged to apply. New opportunities are offered by Mathematica Policy Research.
Job: Human Services Research Analyst
Company: Mathematica Policy Research
Location: Seattle, WA
Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength.
We are looking for Research Analysts to join our team in the Human Services Division. Research Analysts typically work across multiple domestic policy areas. Analysts may work on primary research studies (e.g. randomized evaluations of programs), perform secondary research (e.g. analyzing existing data or conducting a systematic review of research), or provide technical assistance to other organizations on evaluation design and program implementation and improvement.
In our Human Services Division, staff work on projects in the following domestic policy areas:
Family support (sample projects: advising state TANF administrators on evidence-based ways to increase program engagement, and providing technical assistance to reduce youth homelessness)
Education (sample projects: building state and district capacity to use data, studying supports for teachers and principals, and conducting a systematic review of research on education interventions)
Early childhood (sample projects: nationally representative studies of Head Start and Early Head Start, and conducting a systematic review of research of home visiting programs)
Labor(sample projects: evaluating the impact and implementation of employment and training programs, and engaging staff in workforce development programs in a continuous improvement approach to learn, innovate, and improve)
Nutrition (sample projects: researching initiatives to address childhood hunger, and estimating the impact of changes to the SNAP program)
Criminal justice(sample projects: evaluating initiatives for multiple populations in jails and prisons and former offenders)
Key project activities for Human Services Research Analysts include the following:
Contributing to systematic reviews of existing research
Providing technical assistance and consultation on research-based strategies and supporting program implementation and quality improvement efforts
Organizing, designing, and facilitating onsite and virtual planning sessions, trainings, and other meetings with school districts and federal, state, and local social service agencies
Supporting researchers and programmers in conducting quantitative analyses with large databases to determine program outcomes, data analytics, and policy simulations
Conducting in-depth interviews or focus groups and performing qualitative analyses
Writing a range of products, including (1) memoranda, briefs, or reports summarizing key findings, potential recommendations for improvement, and practice-focused lessons learned; and (2) practitioner-focused documents, including implementation guidance, training curricula, and strategic planning tools; and (3) technical assistance briefs
Contributing to the oversight of projects, including financial monitoring and participating in internal project management and quality assurance procedures
As a Research Analyst, you would join our staff of research professionals, which includes researchers in the fields of public policy, economics, and other social sciences, as well as analysts, research assistants, and programmers. We offer our employees a stimulating team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership.
Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, organizational behavior, social work, sociology, economics, statistics, business administration, or a related field, or equivalent experience
Analytic mindset and aptitude for conducting rigorous qualitative and/or quantitative research
Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with clients and other external stakeholders
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Working knowledge of current policy issues in one or more of the following areas: family support, education, early childhood, labor, nutrition, or other relevant areas
Experience in consulting or in providing technical assistance and support to human services agencies or non-governmental organizations is desirable
Experience in or aptitude for facilitating trainings, strategic planning processes, and/or human-centered design is desirable
Work experience with a policy research organization, state or federal government, foundation, school, or human services program is desirable
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample that demonstrates analytic thinking (preferably illustrating research or analysis skills on a policy-related topic), transcripts (unofficial or official), and contact information for three references.
Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Seattle, WA
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.