Research Assistant - Survey

Mathematica Policy Research - Washington, DC3.9

Position Description:
Mathematica is a nationally recognized research organization that conducts social policy research. Our mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for our clients, which include federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations.

We currently have openings for Survey Research Associates in the Human Services Division in our Washington, DC office. We are seeking intellectually curious individuals to contribute to a variety of research, data collection, technical assistance, and operational activities that support evidence-based decision making in areas such as education, early childhood, labor, family support, and nutrition.

We offer our employees a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, generous paid time off, a comprehensive benefits package, and the advantages of employee ownership.

Responsibilities include the following:
Assist in designing and testing data collection instruments and protocols

Contribute to reports, memos, and technical assistance documents

Support or participate in data collection activities, including survey administration, cognitive interviews, in-depth interviews, site visits, focus groups, classroom observations, or educational testing

Support administration and oversight of research tasks, such as recruiting schools and social service programs to participate in evaluations, working with schools and programs to implement evaluations and collect data, preparing training materials, delivering training, and performing quality control activities

Perform literature searches and reviews

Support quantitative and/or qualitative analyses, including cleaning and organizing data and assisting with analysis

Assist with organizing webinars and technical expert meetings and taking meeting notes

Provide onsite and remote technical assistance to grantees, programs, and government agencies on the use of research methods and evidence-based quality improvement

Create and maintain spreadsheets using Microsoft Project or Excel

Manage projects by developing and tracking schedules, finances, and logistics

Some travel is required

Position Requirements:
Strong educational background and a Bachelor's degree in a public policy, sociology, psychology, economics, education, or related discipline or equivalent experience

Academic or job-related experience conducting research or data collection in human services fields is highly desired

Strong organizational skills with flexibility to handle multiple tasks and work on multiple projects

Highly motivated, detail-oriented, and self-directed, with strong interpersonal skills

Facilitation skills, including public speaking, real-time adaptability, and ability to translate complex or conceptual thoughts into more concrete and clear information

Desire and ability to work as part of a research team

Proficiency with Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, and/or PowerPoint

Experience with quantitative or qualitative analytic software such as SPSS, SAS, STATA, NVivo, or ATLAS.ti is a plus

Spanish, French, or other language fluency a plus

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.

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.