The Urban Institute
Research Assistant (Justice Policy Center) (R&D)
At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.
Urban's greatest asset is our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. Our employees drive Urban's mission through entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, effective communication, results-orientation, and relationship cultivation. Our success depends on engaging individuals who possess and value these attributes.
The Justice Policy Center conducts research and evaluations to improve justice policy and practice at the national, state, and local levels. We conduct rigorous evaluations and in-depth data analyses—and we give context to the data through interviews with individuals involved in the justice system at all levels.
We also produce reports and provide technical assistance that translate complex research into actionable strategies to enhance the safety and well-being of individuals and communities. The Justice Policy Center is seeking a Research Assistant who can work collaboratively on projects aimed to enhance and measure criminal justice response in the United States.
Executing a wide range of data collection activities including planning for and implementing field work/site visits, focus groups, interviews, and surveys;
Conducting background research on a range of topics by collecting and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative information;
Drafting sections of reports, research briefs, PowerPoint presentations, blogs, and other publications;
Contributing to other products that translate research for policy and practice;
Overseeing logistical tasks for proposal development and contributing to substantive content; and
Assisting with project management and administrative tasks.
The successful candidate will:
Academic knowledge of and research experience in a discipline that is generally associated with attainment of a BA in criminology, sociology, public policy, or a related field.
Prior research assistant experience or a research related internship is preferred.
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize.
Ability to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team and be self-motivated.
Strong writing skills are a must.
Data collection and analysis experience, as well as knowledge of SAS, SPSS, or related software is a plus, but not required.
Be self-directed and detail oriented.
Exercise familiarity with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and social media tools
Have a willingness and ability to travel.
People from communities that are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and people with direct experience with the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.
What you'll experience:
Working in the Nation's Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters, and enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan and reimbursable commuting expense program.
The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.