Posted: Sep 16, 2022

2022-53: Quantitative Research Associate

MDRC - New York, NY
Application Deadline: N/A


MDRC invites applications for a Quantitative Research Associate to join its Postsecondary Education (PSE) policy area. Over the past several decades, PSE has conducted dozens of evaluations (mostly large-scale randomized controlled trials [RCTs]) of higher education interventions, including comprehensive support programs, financial aid programs, and developmental education reforms (for examples, see here). Our quantitative researchers play a crucial role in producing and presenting descriptive information and causal evidence of the effectiveness of programs, policies, and practices. The aim is to inform decision-making, furthering MDRC’s mission to improve public well-being.

MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals, families, and children with low incomes. We are committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult social problems facing the nation—from reducing poverty and bolstering economic mobility to improving public education and college graduation rates. We design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale.



Conduct quantitative research. Work with multidisciplinary teams to design and conduct studies to understand the causal effects of higher education programs, policies, and practices serving individuals and families with low incomes.
Analyses. Designing rigorous studies, determining appropriate analytic methods, ensuring accurate coding for analyses, visualizing results, and interpreting findings.
Project leadership. Work with multidisciplinary research teams to lead research projects and apply social and racial equity lenses to this work.
Project development. Contribute to business development and proposals for new projects for the U.S. Department of Education, other government agencies, and foundations.
Team leadership and management. Work collaboratively and in an inclusive manner with colleagues at all levels of the organization and contribute to oversight of project budgets, schedules, and staffing to ensure high-quality project delivery.
Disseminate findings. Improve future policy and program implementation by authoring publications and disseminating findings. Communicate with policymakers, practitioners, social scientists, funders, and nonprofit organizations through publications, conference presentations, and other communications with and potential new audiences.


Graduate-level degree (Ph.D. or master’s degree with five or more years of experience conducting quantitative research) in economics/statistics, education, sociology, public policy, or a related field with a quantitative focus.
Strong knowledge of causal inference, including research design and statistical methods for evaluating the causal effects programs.
Knowledge of or experience conducting systematic reviews and metanalyses preferred.
Experience leading large-scale impact evaluations for the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences preferred.
Experience with or knowledge about programs/interventions designed to improve college access or success is preferred.
Experience in equitable evaluation and inclusive research is a major plus.
Experience with R (preferred) or another data language, such as SQL or SAS.
Experience with quantitative data sources, such as surveys of program participants, program administrative data sources, and management information system data.
Strong communication skills, including the ability to explain technical topics to nontechnical colleagues and other audiences.
Experience mentoring, coaching, or supervising colleagues or junior staff.
Ability to work independently, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
Comfortable working in a team-oriented environment.
Experience with grant writing and fundraising is preferred.


This position may be a part of a collective bargaining unit under Social Policy Worker United (SPWU) – Local 57 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Location: The position is ideally based in MDRC’s New York City, Los Angeles, or Washington, DC, office. MDRC is also open to remote work and anticipates a hybrid work environment through November 2022, regardless of location.


Instructions: When submitting your application, please include:

Cover letter
Written research and programming sample


Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. Please note that the health and safety of our employees and candidates is very important to us and that interviews (when scheduled) will be conducted via video conferencing. As a Federally Contracted employer, MDRC is in full compliance with all applicable regulations including, but not limited to, recent changes that require vaccination of employees of federal contractors. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID-19 vaccinations, unless they have sought and received an exemption from this policy due to a disability or other medical condition, or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Accommodations are granted in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Applicants must submit proof of vaccination or request and submit an applicable request for accommodation during the offer stage.

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