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Position: Data Research Associate
Division: Family Income Support
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a strategic policy organization that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates, and influencing policy outcomes at the federal and state levels. The Center is seeking a Data Research Associate (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 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 and labor market trends, the causes and consequences of poverty, and techniques of data analysis and poverty measurement.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Collect, prepare, and summarize data and academic research and develop graphics and written presentations of findings.
- Analyze household survey microdata in Stata.
- Compile and analyze national, state, and sub-state data on poverty, income, and program participation from government sources.
- Calculate the anti-poverty effectiveness of government assistance programs.
- Contribute to analyses of major decisions before Congress and the executive branch and assess how their benefits and costs would affect different populations.
- Help with projects focusing on longer-term policy challenges and the need to boost economic security and opportunity for low- and moderate-income households.
- Respond to information requests from policymakers, the media, and other national and state-level organizations.
- Assist in training other researchers at the Center and in state-level organizations.
- Perform other duties as required.
This position is an exceptional foundational role for people seeking to build a career in policy analysis or research. Under the supervision of senior experts, the 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-building sessions for early career Center staff.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field or minimum of two years’ work experience.
- Strong quantitative skills and a background in economics, mathematics or statistics, public policy, sociology, or a related field.
- Proficiency in Stata, R, Python, 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 as 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.
- Demonstrated interest in reducing poverty and advancing racial equity.
Terms of Employment:
- Full-time; exempt position.
- This is a two-year term position.
A two-year commitment is expected. We will consider applicants available no later than September 2019.
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 here.
Please include a cover letter with your application. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.
Bringing diverse perspectives to public policy debates.
To expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in policy debates, we welcome highly motivated candidates — with particular attention to candidates who have experience with communities that are underrepresented in policy debates and who have familiarity with low-income and diverse communities and issues of racial equity.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, gender, disability, military service, or other protected status under federal or local law.