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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is seeking a Research Assistant (RA) to work with a team of skilled national policy analysts on a range of policy issues and research topics affecting lower-income families and individuals in the United States. The Center is a nonprofit research organization with a national reputation for rigorous analysis of fiscal and social policies and an ability to influence policy debates.
The Data RA will be part of the Data Analysis team, and will work on a range of issues related to poverty, economic inequality, and income security, often in collaboration with issue-area specialists across the Center. Topics may include the implications of policy choices affecting cash assistance, taxation and tax credits, food assistance, housing programs, and health programs, as well as income trends, the causes and consequences of poverty, and techniques of poverty measurement.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Collect, prepare, and summarize data and academic research, as well as develop graphics and written presentations of findings, and examine pending legislative and policy options.
- Contribute to analyses that pertain to major decisions pending before Congress and the executive branch and assess how their benefits and costs would be distributed across different populations.
- Help with projects for Policy Futures, a Center initiative that focuses on medium- and long-term policy challenges and the need to boost economic security and opportunity for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
- Respond to information requests by policymakers, the media, and other national and state-level organizations.
- Perform other duties as required.
This position is an exceptional foundational role for people seeking to build a career in public policy. Under the supervision of senior experts, the data RA will receive strong training in producing meticulous, relevant analyses, and a unique insight into federal policymaking processes. The RA will also participate in skill and knowledge development sessions for early-career Center staff.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred.
- Strong quantitative skills and a background in economics, mathematics or statistics, public policy, sociology, or a related field.
- Proficiency in STATA or other statistical software and experience analyzing large data sets.
- A demonstrated commitment to accuracy.
- The ability to communicate clearly.
- The ability to work on multiple tasks both independently and part of a highly collaborative team, often on a time-sensitive basis.
- Familiarity with U.S. poverty-related programs, policies, and concepts is an advantage, but not required.
- Familiarity with graphics applications is also an advantage, as is experience with geographic information systems and mapping software.
- A two-year commitment is expected. We will consider applicants available in Fall 2016 or sooner.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits including health insurance, dental and vision care, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, DCAP, and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
Application: Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a cover letter and salary requirements. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center. No calls, please.
The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, takes affirmative action to ensure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.