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 Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population is seeking a full-time research
associate to conduct and manage research studies and technical assistance efforts related to apprenticeship and workforce development policies and programs. The successful candidate will have the ability to conduct cutting-edge qualitative or mixed methods research and have experience in one or more of the following areas: apprenticeship (including federal, state, and youth programs); public workforce systems; and career and technical education and training. Ideal candidates will demonstrate experience with project management, stakeholder engagement, and leading site visits, interviews, and focus groups.
- Support overall project team performance, including direct supervision of assistants and analysts and managing project schedules, budgets, and communications with external stakeholders and project officers
- Write content for occupational frameworks, emails, websites, presentations, and talking points for internal and external audiences
- Co-author research reports, briefs, and presentations for external audiences
- Present findings and facilitate group conversations with external audiences
- Identify business development opportunities, and contribute to and write grant proposals and reports
- Plan and conduct technical assistance as part of a team
- Contribute to network building with industry stakeholders
- Manage relationships, within Urban and externally with key partners
- Prepare interview and focus group protocols, manage recruitment, and lead research team in collecting qualitative data through site visits and phone data collection
- Lead analysis of qualitative data to draw out key themes using qualitative data software (NVivo, ATLAS.ti)
- Analyze quantitative data using statistical analysis software (e.g. Stata, R, SAS)
- Act entrepreneurially to identify and develop ways in which LHP can better advance its mission of educating the public, press, and policymakers
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will:
- Possess a master’s or PhD in economics, sociology, public policy, education, or related social science field or the combination of academic and professional experience as well as relevant social policy research to successfully perform the duties of this job
- Have 3-5 years of relevant professional experience
- Established networks within/familiarity with research, policy, and practitioner communities in state and/or federal workforce systems and apprenticeship programs
- Demonstrate substantial knowledge of apprenticeship and workforce development policies
- Exhibit creativity, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to distill complicated concepts into clear, consistent, and direct messages to diverse audiences
- Demonstrate excellent qualitative and quantitative research skills along with the ability to think strategically about a research agenda, interact with staff at all levels, and to work both independently and on team projects
- Exhibit prior software experience with NVivo, ATLAS.ti, or other qualitative coding software and/or experience with Stata, R, or other statistical packages
- Display ability to manage complex projects including budgets, schedules, and communication as well as coordinating and contributing to proposals. Some experience with federal projects and proposals is preferred.
- Experience supervising or mentoring employees
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.