MDRC is seeking a Research Analyst to join its Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) to conduct program evaluation and technical assistance activities. MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect low-income populations. CABS combines MDRC’s policy and evaluation expertise with insights from behavioral science. Since launching the first major project to apply a behavioral research lens to human services programs that serve low-income families in the United States, CABS has expanded and developed numerous projects in child support, child welfare, welfare-to-work, K-12 education, higher education, and workforce development.
MDRC is seeking candidates who have a background in behavioral science and/or design thinking, experience conducting applied research, strong interest in education and social policy, skill in project management, and a desire to work in small teams to foster social innovation.
- Travel to research sites and collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to diagnose choice architecture of programs.
- Design creative and behaviorally informed solutions and implement rigorous evaluations.
- Develop, lead, and deliver technical assistance and program-related support to service providers.
- Train staff on applying behavioral insights and conducting research activities.
- Disseminate results to policymakers, practitioners, and social scientists.
- Manage projects, including timelines, staffing, work plans, and budgets.
- Stay up-to-date on the latest developments in behavioral science, as well as in the technology and methodology of intervention design and evaluation.
- Develop relationships with government agencies, education institutions, and nonprofit organizations to participate in program evaluation and technical assistance projects.
- Master’s degree (or bachelor’s degree with relevant experience) in cognitive psychology, social psychology, organizational psychology, design, marketing, or another relevant discipline/social science.
- At least two years of experience applying behavioral science or design to government or nonprofit programs.
- Knowledge of and experience with behavioral economics and psychology; social or education policy issues; human-centered, multidisciplinary, service, or a related design discipline; random assignment evaluation; and qualitative research techniques.
- Demonstrated sensitivity to conduct research and technical assistance in diverse communities and the ability to relate to program management staff, site staff, community residents, and program clients.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills, desire to work in a team-oriented environment, and ability to collaborate with many levels of a diverse staff.
- Strong organizational skills, including an ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, pay attention to details, and meet deadlines.
The position will be based in MDRC’s New York office.
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered.
Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.
MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.