- Research Assistant (Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center), USA
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 influence policy, 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.
How you’ll contribute:
The Research Assistant is responsible for assisting senior researchers in successfully executing defined research tasks in the policy areas most directly related to the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, such as housing and housing-related assistance programs, homelessness, demographic and population studies, urban planning and land use, community economic development, city governance and public-sector capacity, physical and environmental quality, and housing and neighborhoods as a platform for other household and societal outcomes.
Use data collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data to include: managing data; writing computer programs for data processing and analysis; producing literature reviews; and conducting field work (such as interviews and site visits).
Produce of tables, charts, and maps for reports and writing summaries of research procedures and results.
Execute logistical tasks for research proposals, internal and external research events, and research management.
Assist with administrative tasks as assigned.
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will have:
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in the field of Public Policy, Urban Studies, Sociology, Statistics, Economics, or other social science field.
Strong qualitative and/or quantitative research skills.
Capacity to conduct library and internet research quickly and with strong critical thinking analysis.
Proficiency with publication, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics software.
Familiarity with data analysis tools and software packages (SAS, Stata, SPSS, R, Python, ArcGIS, NVivo, Atlas.ti or other tools and research processes) appropriate to the area of research skill.
Strong time management skills and display a high level of professionalism.
High level of organization and motivation, creativity, and self-confidence; we seek individuals who can work effectively, independently, and simultaneously on multiple projects.
Strong interest in one or more of the following topics: housing and housing-related assistance programs, homelessness, demographic and population studies, urban planning and land use, community economic development, city governance and public-sector capacity, physical and environmental quality, and housing and neighborhoods as a platform for other household and societal outcomes.
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 plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.
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.
Job posted on 14th December 2017
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