Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

MDRC, Research Assistant (3102-58), Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 7572

Fri, November 29, 2013

MDRC is seeking a Research Assistant to work on projects in our Health and Barriers to Employment policy area. The research projects gauge the impacts of programs designed to help identify the most effective ways to improve labor market outcomes for individuals facing serious barriers to employment. In recent years, the policy area has developed new bodies of research on programs for individuals with health problems and disabilities and for youth and adults in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. 

MDRC is seeking candidates interested in blending research skills, knowledge of programs and/or research on adults and youth with disabilities and/or other serious barriers to employment, and strong organizational skills. The new Research Assistant will have the unusual opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team on current social policy issues related to health and employment in a dynamic and challenging environment, under the guidance and supervision of leading public policy researchers. 


The position provides the successful candidate an opportunity to focus on a range of non-technical and organizational tasks, including: 
• Active involvement in various stages of producing reports, proposals and papers — coordinating across authors, writing, fact-checking, presentation of data, and documentation 
• Assistance in all stages of evaluations — summarizing literature searches, drafting project management and progress reports, participating in site visits, and collecting evaluation data 
• Helping the policy area director with general project management, including developing and maintaining project files, arranging meetings with external research partners and funders, and handling correspondence. 


Candidates should have a BA/BS in public policy, sociology, psychology, or a related field and a demonstrated interest in social policy issues. Desired knowledge and skills include a basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, excellent attention to detail and organization, strong interpersonal skills, strong writing skills, and ability to multitask. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel are a plus. Candidates should also be comfortable working in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment. 

The position is based in MDRC’s New York City office. Some on-the-job training is provided. Salary and level will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered. 

Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, MDRC strongly encourages minorities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply. Legal work authorization required.

Application Deadline 11/29. See BTT Gateway Job ID 7572

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