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Research Assistant (Executive Office of Research)

About Urban Institute:
At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.
Our Mission
To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.
Our Values
Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity
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The Opportunity:
Central to Urban’s mission is fostering a truly inclusive community that ensures ongoing relevance to a changing world. Urban recently launched WorkRise, a major, multi-year initiative focused on jobs, workers, and mobility, and is adding to the team that supports the research conducted, published, and sponsored by the initiative.
The Urban Institute is seeking a talented Research Assistant who is interested in questions related to understanding and improving the economic stability and upward mobility of workers. We are looking for enthusiastic, intellectually curious candidates who want the opportunity to contribute to innovative research that will tackle foundational knowledge gaps in order to directly inform policies and practices that can promote economic security and opportunity for workers, especially low-wage workers, and work to dismantle the structural inequalities that disadvantage certain workers, especially women, Black workers, and other workers of color.
What You’ll Do:

  • Conduct background research on a range of topics related to worker and labor market outcomes, including performing literature reviews, synthesizing qualitative and quantitative information, and scanning the policy and practice landscape.
  • Assist with collecting, cleaning, and analyzing administrative and national survey data.
  • Use statistical methods and software to summarize, describe, and display data.
  • Assist with the development of internal and public research products, including research reports and briefs, and other written materials.
  • Support research and communications staff in preparing research content for the WorkRise website, blog, and social media.
  • Synthesize research literature and stakeholder perspectives to help identify the most important open questions on which new evidence building is needed.
  • Support WorkRise engagement with the academic and applied research communities.
  • Provide research and presentation support to WorkRise researchers and senior leadership team on external- and internal-facing presentations.
  • Monitor economic data releases and track new research publications, working papers, and reports released by academic, think tank, and other research organizations.
  • Assist with the organization, coordination, and management of research activities to advance the initiative’s research agenda.
Who You Are:
The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy, Mathematics, Statistics or a related field (required).
  • Express a strong interest in economic and labor market policy and research on issues related to labor markets, employer practices, worker power, job search and training, and supportive services, as well as be flexible and willing to explore new policy areas.
  • Exhibit strong organizational skills and be detail-oriented.
  • Be self-motivated, capable of working independently and in teams, and able to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Have prior experience with Stata, R, or other statistical analysis software.
  • Be familiar with standard data sets and series used in the analysis of labor market trends and outcomes (preferred).
What You’ll Experience:
No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.
Urban’s greatest asset is our people.
Urban is committed to supporting our staff’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being through a robust benefits package for yourself, eligible dependents, and domestic partners. It includes generous paid time off, including nine federal holidays, medical (including prescription), dental and vision insurance, and transit benefits. Urban is unique in that we offer 403(b) retirement plan participation immediately after you’re hired and a generous employer contribution after five months of service and 1,000 hours, with immediate vesting. You’ll also have access to a health advocate, personal finance coaching, an Employee Assistance Program, and educational assistance for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
As a federal contractor, Urban will comply with Executive Order (EO) 14042 that requires federal contractors, subcontractors, and their respective employees to comply with Covid-19 vaccinations. All Urban Institute employees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by Januray 18, 2022, and comply with masking and distancing requirements, regardless of responsibilities or work location. New hires must also be fully vaccinated before starting work.  Employees may request exemption from vaccination against COVID-19 based on either a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.  Where such an exemption is approved, Urban will discuss with each employee potential accommodation.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.
The Urban Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law.
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