Research Analyst Position @ Urban Institute’s Office of Race and Equity Research

About Urban Institute:

At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.

Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Our Values

Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity

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The Opportunity:

The Office of Race and Equity Research (ORER) is an interdisciplinary hub for innovation in research, policy, and practice to drive equity. Researchers are harnessing data across disciplines, disentangling the effects of race, class, and gender, and shifting from documenting racial and ethnic disparities to exposing injustices and informing solutions. In this new era, the Urban Institute’s Office of Race and Equity Research seeks to remedy structural inequities and foster prosperity and opportunity for all people.  The Office provides research, advisory services, thought partnership, and technical assistance for a wide range of changemakers, including front-line practitioners, advocacy partners, and public officials at all levels of government. The Office also develops catalytic initiatives and builds capacity at Urban and across the field for race and equity research that meets high standards for excellence, accessibility, and policy relevance. To this end, the Office of Race and Equity Research helps researchers partner with communities to elevate lived experience as a vital source of knowledge and authority; draw on innovations in data science to measure equity,  design more equitable policies and evaluate their impact; and hold institutions accountable for achieving equity goals.

ORER is looking to bring on a research analyst to help advance our research agenda focused on innovative research and policy solutions to advance racial equity across different fields, such as wealth building, employment and business ownership, homeownership, health and safety net policies.

What you’ll do:

  • Contribute to the design of research projects, including the development of conceptual and analytical frameworks for examining structural racism and racial equity, and evaluating programs and policies;

  • Conduct data management and analysis activities, particularly quantitative analysis tasks;

  • Write reports, policy briefs, and other publications to disseminate findings from research projects;

  • Manage tasks and deadlines for multiple research projects (small and large), which includes working collaboratively with staff at all levels and troubleshooting potential issues;

  • Communicate with policymakers, researchers, and advocates to learn about their efforts to advance racial equity;

  • Contribute to proposals for external funding.

Who you are:

The successful candidate must:

  • Have a commitment to racial justice and to developing evidence-based strategies to dismantle racist institutions and structures.

  • Possess academic knowledge of and quantitative research experience in a discipline that is generally associated with the attainment of a master's degree in public policy, economics, political science, sociology, history, ethnic studies or something with a comparably relevant focus, OR a bachelor’s degree with several years of related professional experience.

  • Have data collection and analysis experience (for example, descriptive statistics, predictive statistics and analytics, etc.) using STATA, R, or similar software programs.

  • Have experience conducting social science or public policy research and/or analysis

  • Possess high quality oral and written presentation skills.

  • Exercise proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and social media tools.

  • Have experience working in teams.

  • Possess a self-starter mentality, able to quickly relate to senior level leaders in different fields

  • Demonstrate strong project management skills.

The successful candidate might have:

  • Background or experience in research or policy related to wealth, financial inclusion, or economic well-being preferred (e.g. income, employment, entrepreneurship, retirement, savings, student loan debt, etc.)

Please include a cover letter with your application. 

What you’ll experience

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.

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  • Paid job
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  • Research
  • Post-graduation