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Research Analyst (Income and Benefits Policy Center) at The Urban Institute

Posted in Science 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Washington, Washington DC

Job Description:

Who we are:

At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities.  Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions.  We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.

Urban’s greatest asset is our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community.  Our employees drive Urban’s mission through entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, effective communication, results-orientation, and relationship cultivation.  Our success depends on engaging individuals who possess and value these attributes. 

How you’ll contribute:

The Income and Benefits Policy Center seeks a talented research analyst with experience in quantitative and qualitative research and project management. The ideal candidate can work collaboratively on a variety of projects focused on policy-relevant research in areas such as safety net programs, food insecurity, and well-being among low-income populations.


  • Gather and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data

  • Contribute to presentations, reports, articles, policy briefs, and other written materials

  • Manage proposal and project budgets, organize meetings and develop meeting materials, create project timelines and schedules, coordinate communication with outside partners, and help manage the timely delivery of progress reports and deliverables in collaboration with other Urban team members

  • Review and evaluate prior research to provide insight and write literature reviews for proposals, briefs, and project reports

  • Communicate effectively with multiple research teams and project leaders

  • Manage junior staff on projects

  • Provide support to other areas of the Urban Institute as needed

What you’ll bring:

The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a master’s degree in public policy, economics, demography, or related field and/or 2 years prior experience in public policy research experience

  • Have prior experience with project management

  • Display outstanding writing ability, problem solving ability, strong oral communication, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work effectively on multiple projects

  • Exhibit experience writing up quantitative and qualitative research results in briefs, reports, and presentations

  • Have previous experience in a research environment and experience working on process evaluations, implementation evaluations, needs assessments or exploratory field research preferred

  • Demonstrate capacity to engage and communicate with individuals of differing backgrounds and experience supporting collaborative projects

  • Possess experience engaging and communicating with external clients and stakeholders

  • Have a willingness to learn, adapt and suggest improvements

  • Have the ability to make effective decisions within boundaries of roles, responsibilities, and authorities

  • Display strong interpersonal skills and comfort working both independently and in team environments

What you’ll experience:

Working in the Nation’s Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative.  You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters, and enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage.  Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan and reimbursable commuting expense program.   

The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.