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Research Assistant

Location: Oakland, CA
Job Code: 8102-41

Description

MDRC is seeking a Research Assistant to work in our Low-Wage Workers and Communities policy area and be part of a multidisciplinary team developing evaluation research on current social policy issues. The new Research Assistant will have the opportunity to support a range of projects focused on improving the lives of low-wage workers and families. Projects could include: job training and advancement models, public housing and employment programs, asset development and financial inclusion, and neighborhood revitalization.

Responsibilities:

  • Assistance in all stages of evaluations — for example, conducting literature reviews; participating in site visits, including conducting trainings and/or interviews; and supporting the completion of memos and reports.
  • Involvement in various stages of producing reports, proposals, and papers (coordinating across authors, preparing charts and tables, fact-checking, and documentation).
  • General project and management support for multiple projects, including scheduling meetings, drafting project management and progress reports, and note-taking.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in economics, public policy, sociology, or related social science field.
  • Demonstrated interest in social policy issues, such as workforce development and economic opportunity programs affecting low-income communities.
  • Basic understanding of research methods, including experience with quantitative or qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work under pressure and with others in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with people of different backgrounds, skills, and positions.
  • Ability to organize work flow, set priorities and goals, and multi-task (making adjustments as needed), in support of meeting competing deadlines.
  • Demonstrates self-motivation, seeks new skills and knowledge and greater job responsibilities.
  • Experience working in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
  • Previous professional experience in a demand-driven setting is a plus.

The position can be based in MDRC’s Oakland, California office. Some on-the-job training is provided; salary contingent upon experience.

When applying, please include the names of three references and a writing sample along with your resume and cover letter.

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.





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