Research Assistant (Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population)

The Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at Urban Institute is seeking a talented Research Assistant who is interested in economic and social welfare policy and programs serving vulnerable populations. They are looking for enthusiastic, intellectually curious candidates who want the opportunity to contribute to innovative policy-relevant research in areas such as early childhood education, child welfare, work supports and work force development, low-income working families, demographic change, and asset building and wealth accumulation among low-income populations.


  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Assist with cleaning and analyzing administrative, program, and national survey data
  • Assist with survey, interview, and focus group protocol design and data collection
  • Help to organize web-based and in-person project meetings.
  • Support project management including taking meeting notes, scheduling meetings, scheduling and planning site visits, and tracking budgets
  • Help to prepare proposals, presentations, reports, articles, policy briefs, and other written materials.
  • Use statistical methods and software, and/or using qualitative methods and software.
  • Apply other techniques and software to support other project management, data analysis, presentation, or visualization needs. Some traveling may be required (less than 10%)

What you’ll bring:

The successful candidate will:

  • Be in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy, Demography, Child Development, Psychology, Anthropology, Mathematics, Public Health, or related fields. (Required)
  • Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Exhibit strong organizational skills, and be self-motivated, detail-oriented, capable of working independently and in teams, and able to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities.
  • Express a strong interest in social policy and policy research, as well as be flexible and willing to explore new policy areas.
  • Have attained prior experience with Stata, R or other statistical analysis software is strongly preferred.
  • Have attained prior experience with NVivo, ATLAS.ti, or other qualitative coding software is preferred.
  • Have attained prior experience with GIS or other mapping software (Preferred)
  • Demonstrate fluency in Spanish or prior experience conducting research in Spanish (Preferred)

Those with experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods are strongly encouraged to apply, as the Center’s work includes both.

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