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||New York, NY United States
|| Research & Development
Technical Research Analyst (8102-24)|
MDRC is seeking a Technical Research Analyst to join a new project to help improve the outcomes of low-income families and the operations of social programs through data science. The analyst would also contribute to a new data science center at MDRC. MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect low-income populations.
MDRC is seeking candidates who have experience using data science, data visualization, and data integration, and who have a strong interest in improving the lives of low-income individuals through data-driven programs and policy. Candidates should also have an interest and skill in training others in data science methods and have a desire to work in small teams to foster social data innovation.
Use open source code to work with state and nonprofit data to apply data science methods, such as machine learning and unsupervised learning techniques, to improve programs and systems.
Train staff, including practitioners and policymakers, to use data science techniques.
Produce dashboards and interfaces that make advanced analytics results intuitive and clear.
Produce interactive graphics and other visual tools to engage state officials in data analysis techniques.
Stay up-to-date on the latest developments in data science, as well as in open data initiatives.
Develop, lead, and deliver technical assistance and program-related support to service providers.
Manage projects, including timelines, staffing, work plans, and budgets.
Qualifications & Requirements
Master’s degree (or bachelor’s degree with relevant experience) in data science, data visualization, or quantitative social science.
Experience applying data science methods in a real-world setting.
Knowledge of and experience with using open source programming in such languages as R or Python and SQL. Knowledge of data engineering approaches desirable although not essential.
Knowledge of cloud computing environments, like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, and experience deploying data science projects in the cloud.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to teach complicated methods in simple ways.
Strong data visualization and presentation skills a must.
Strong interpersonal skills, desire to work in a team-oriented environment, and ability to collaborate with many levels of a diverse staff.
Strong organizational skills, including an ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, pay attention to details, and meet deadlines.
MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency 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. We work as an intermediary, bringing together public and private funders to test new policy-relevant ideas, and communicate what we learn to policymakers and practitioners — all with the goal of improving the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children.