The Urban Institute
Research Associate – Child Care and Early Education (Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population) (R&D)
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Within the Urban Institute, the Center on Labor, Human Services and Population (LHP) conducts research that informs and evaluates policies and programs that affect the well-being of children, youth, families and individuals. LHP's diverse group of policy researchers use a wide-ranging set of disciplinary and methodological expertise used to study the effects of programs, social policies, and the labor market on the well-being of families and individuals, with a special focus on understanding outcomes for vulnerable populations and historically underserved or disadvantaged groups.
The Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population is seeking a full-time research associate who will be responsible for helping manage and conduct research and technical assistance related to child care and early education policies and programs. Areas of study include child care quality, access, and consumer education; the child care subsidy system; Head Start and Early Head Start; and public prekindergarten. The position will also contribute to projects that examine disparities in access and disproportionate outcomes for historically disadvantaged groups along with systemic solutions. The ideal candidate will bring subject matter expertise in one or more of these areas and a solid track record of studying child care and early education programs.
Lead analysis of quantitative data using statistical analysis software (e.g., Stata, R, SAS).
Develop and administer surveys and questionnaires (i.e., recruitment and data collection protocols and instruments).
Lead efforts to prepare materials and collect qualitative data through site visits and phone data collection.
Manage qualitative data analysis to draw out key themes using qualitative data software (NVivo, ATLAS.ti).
Help facilitate communities of practice and lead capacity building efforts in child care and early education research and practice.
Produce tables and graphics for published reports and presentations.
Co-author research reports, briefs, blogs, and presentations for external audiences.
Help manage overall project management and team performance including directly managing assistants and analysts; monitoring project progress, budget, and schedule; and implementing strategies to successfully complete project tasks
Contribute to the development of proposals, responses to solicitations and other meaningful business cultivation activities.
The successful candidate will:
Possess a PhD now or by summer 2023 in human development, developmental psychology, family studies, public policy, social work, education, economics, sociology, or related social science field, or Master's Degree in one of these fields with 3-5 years of relevant experience.
Demonstrate experience with early childhood systems, policy, and research, including disparities and disproportionate outcomes and associated systemic solutions for historically disadvantaged groups.
Lived experience working in child care and early education or agencies overseeing these programs is preferred but not required.
Demonstrate excellent quantitative research and/or qualitative research skills; experience with primary data collection is a plus.
Possess experience with Stata, R, NVivo, ATLAS.ti, and/or other quantitative or qualitative coding software. Experience analyzing the National Survey of Early Care and Education is a plus.
Bring experience with technical assistance or capacity building work and collaborating with government agencies, researchers, or child care and early education providers.
Demonstrate ability to think strategically about a research and policy agenda, interact with staff at all levels, work both independently and on team projects, and assist with project management agendas and business development efforts.
Respect diverse perspectives and value collaborating with colleagues to create a mutually respectful work environment.
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 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 Urban Institute has formally recognized the Urban Institute Employees' Union, which is part of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). Urban management and the Union work together in good faith and are motivated by a shared commitment to this institution. This position is included in the Union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining negotiations.
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.
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