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Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. is a nationally recognized research organization that conducts social policy research in the areas of labor, welfare, education, nutrition, health, child development, disability, and related topics. Our mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations.
We are seeking an Associate Director in both our Ann Arbor, MI and Chicago, IL offices to launch and oversee the Human Services research department as well as expand our capacity to conduct significant studies in the human services area, which includes research in education, early childhood, labor, welfare, nutrition, and other policy-relevant fields.
As an Associate Director, you would join our staff of over 100 doctoral-level researchers across our six offices and work in a multidisciplinary setting that includes staff with degrees in economics, public policy, statistics, psychology, education, sociology, demography, and related fields. We offer our employees a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership. We encourage and provide support for staff to engage in professional activities such as preparing journal articles and participating in conferences. We strongly encourage applications by researchers of all racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.
Duties of the position include:
- Oversee and supervise Human Services research staff in either the Ann Arbor or Chicago office.
- Promote collegial relationships among senior research staff in the department and other departments to facilitate the sharing of expertise and to convey the methods, standards and best practices for carrying out policy research.
- Participate in business development and corporate planning of the Human Services department.
- Act as a project director or principal investigator for major Mathematica research projects.
- Oversee and direct the carrying out of complex, large-scale research projects within the department involving advanced statistical, modeling and analysis techniques.
- Brief agency staff and others on research findings and policy implications of research.
- Ph.D. or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, demography, statistics, psychology, education, or related field
- Minimum of ten years of postdoctoral work experience in human services research or related area
- Demonstrated experience designing and leading policy studies
- Strong foundation in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to translate research findings for a policy audience
- Ability to work well with and manage teams; strong leadership and management skills
Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.