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- Research Associate (Housing Finance Policy Center), USA

Research Associate (Housing Finance Policy Center)
The Urban Institute (DC)

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. 

The Housing Finance Policy Center covers issues such as access to mortgage credit, housing affordability, the structure of the secondary mortgage market, and the government role in regulating and supporting the housing finance system. The center’s research is focused on the connection between the housing finance system, communities, as well as people and outcomes. This position requires strong quantitative and qualitative skills in addition to excellent organizational, project management, and writing skills.

How you’ll contribute:

The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center (HFPC) is seeking an experienced research associate to work with the research and development teams to conceive of new research ideas and work collaboratively with center leadership and staff on a variety of housing finance research projects. These projects include the conceptualization of research design and methodologies, report writing, communicating compelling ideas and contributing to proposal development and funder outreach to support larger scale research initiatives.


    Oversee the monthly chartbook and monthly report produced for Ginnie Mae
    Gather and visualize relevant data from publicly available or internal sources
    Lead research projects and collaborate with other senior staff authoring blog posts, briefs and other publications with original quantitative or qualitative analyses related to housing and housing finance policy issues and trends
    Communicate and present key research findings and reports to expert and general audiences
    Contribute to the design of research projects and develop proposals for external funding.

What you’ll bring:

The successful candidate will:

    Possess a master’s degree in a social science field or other related field (such as Economics, Public Policy, Business, or Real Estate), with 5+ years of work experience. Or, a Ph.D. in Economics, Public Policy, Business, or Real Estate 
    Demonstrate substantial knowledge and interest in domestic policy issues related to housing and mortgage finance.  Prior experience working with various big data sources including common governmental data such as AHS, Census, BLS, ACS, HMDA and private data sources is highly preferred
    Exhibit a strong quantitative background and experience with SAS or STATA as well as significant experience with data visualization, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with R, Python for statistical analysis and data mining is a plus 
    Thrive in a fast-paced work environment with the ability to be self-motivated, juggle multiple priorities while maintaining organization and accuracy; work effectively both independently and as part of a team
    Display strong written and oral communication skills

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.

For further details, visit the website : https://urban.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/Urban-Careers

Job posted on 24th January 2019
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