MDRC’s mission is to conduct primary research to identify public policies and program services that improve the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children. We not only carry out the research but also strive to make sure policymakers and practitioners understand and can use our research findings. MDRC designs promising new interventions, studies existing programs, and provides technical assistance to help practitioners build better programs. With an annual budget of about $100 million, a staff of more than 300 people, and offices in New York City, Oakland, Washington, and Los Angeles, MDRC seeks to provide reliable, nonpartisan evidence to its public and private partners. We constantly seek ways to do our work better, including designing new tools to help partner organizations improve their programs and pioneering new quantitative and qualitative research methods. MDRC is recognized as a national leader in postsecondary education research and technical assistance.
About the Opportunity
MDRC is seeking a Postsecondary Education Senior Research Associate to lead multiple interdisciplinary research teams on policy issues, including institutional reform, comprehensive student services, financial aid, and developmental education interventions. At its core, this is a position with a strong emphasis on research expertise in racial and social equity. It covers a range of possible activities within MDRC’s national and state-level postsecondary work, including research, technical assistance, project development, and dissemination. Examples of current research in the Postsecondary Education policy area can be found here.
The Senior Associate will bring interest and experience in postsecondary education programs and research, alongside expertise in applying a racial equity lens and strong analytical, communication, management, and organizational skills. Our ideal candidate will also have experience applying the principles of culturally responsive research or evaluation to projects already underway.
Areas of Leadership
The position requires travel and is ideally based in MDRC’s New York City, Oakland, Los Angeles, or D.C. office, but location is flexible. Salary and level will be commensurate with education and experience. Comprehensive benefits offered.
Applicants with lived experiences of the students, communities, and institutions that MDRC projects serve are strongly encouraged to apply.