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Human Services Research Analyst

Posted: 12/7/2018 (Employment)

Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), a social policy and research firm headquartered in Princeton, NJ continues to have great job opportunities. We are interested in recruiting upcoming graduates and/or alumni from your school for our Human Services Research Analyst position open in our Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA and Chicago, IL offices.

*Note: MPR has a Seattle office and applicants interested in local work should inquire as to whether the positions could be based here.

We are looking for Human Services Research Analysts to join our team. As a Research Analyst, candidates  would join our staff of research professionals, which includes doctoral-level researchers in the fields of public policy, economics, and other social sciences, as well as master’s-level analysts, and bachelor’s-level research assistants/programmers. Human Services Research Analysts participate in key project activities including:

  • Contributing to systematic reviews of existing research
  • Conducting technical assistance activities, including advising on research-based strategies and supporting program implementation
  • Organizing, designing, and facilitating onsite and virtual planning sessions, trainings, and other meetings with school districts and federal, state, and local social service agencies
  • Supporting researchers and programmers in conducting quantitative analyses with large databases to determine program outcomes, data analytics, and policy simulations
  • Conducting in-depth interviews or focus groups and performing qualitative analyses
  • Writing a range of products, including (1) memoranda, briefs, or reports summarizing key findings, potential recommendations for improvement, and practice-focused lessons learned; (2) practitioner-focused documents, including implementation guidance, training curricula, and strategic planning tools; and (3) technical assistance briefs
  • Tracking financial progress of projects, and preparing reports for monthly project reviews


  • Master’s degree in public policy, social work, sociology, economics, statistics, or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Rigorous training in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
  • Experience in or aptitude for designing and facilitating strategic planning processes
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with clients and other external stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of current policy issues in one or more of the following areas: family support, education, early childhood, labor, nutrition, or other relevant areas
  • Work experience with a policy research organization, state or federal government, foundation, school, or human services program is desirable

Interested applicants must submit: a cover letter, resume, writing sample that demonstrates analytic thinking (preferably illustrating research or analysis skills on a policy-related topic), transcripts (unofficial or official), and contact information for three references.

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Location: Mathematica Policy Research