Position Description

Research Associate
Location New York, NY; Oakland or Los Angeles, CA; Washington DC
Job Code 9102-60
# of Openings 1
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MDRC is seeking a quantitative researcher to be part of MDRC’s Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment policy area. Research in this area seeks to gauge the impacts of programs designed to help youth and adults who are not stably connected to high school, college, or work. This includes studying programs for youth and adults in the criminal and juvenile justice systems as well as programs designed to improve labor market outcomes for individuals facing serious barriers to employment.


  • Work with interdisciplinary teams to design and conduct studies to understand the effects of social services for low-income individuals and families

  • Participate in the design and implementation of data collection strategies

  • Develop new quantitative methods for understanding program impacts

  • Improve future policy and program implementation by authoring publications and disseminating findings


Prospective candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • Graduate-level degree (Ph.D. or master’s degree with relevant research experience) in a social science or policy field
  • Knowledge of statistical methods for evaluating social service programs
  • Experience with data sources, such as surveys of program participants, program administrative data sources, and management information system data
  • Strong writing, oral communication, interviewing, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines
  • Comfortable working in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment
  • Experience studying programs that provide services for youth or adults in the criminal justice system, with substantial barriers to employment, or who are not stably connected to work or school.

In addition to a resume, candidates should provide a written sample of their research.

The position could be based in any of MDRC’s offices in New York; Oakland or Los Angeles; or Washington, DC. Some on-the-job training is provided. Salary and level 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.

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