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Human Services Analyst - Strategy

Company: Mathematica
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Job Description:

The health and safety of our employees and candidates is very important to us. Due to the current situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we're leveraging our digital capabilities to ensure we can continue to recruit top talent at Mathematica. As your application progresses, you may be asked to use one of our digital tools to help you through your recruitment journey. If so, one of our colleagues will explain how these tools will be used throughout the recruitment process and will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. At Mathematica, we take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex research. Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company's growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength.-- Read more about our benefits here:--https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance One of Mathematica's core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our research is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We offer Employee Resources Groups on a variety of topics, local diversity and inclusion activities in each office, and a Diversity council. We are looking for analysts to join our team in the Human Services unit. Analysts are part of our professional staff that includes researchers from the fields of public policy, economics, and other social sciences, learning and improvement partners, strategy advisers, product innovators, and data scientists. They work on projects across domestic policy areas, which include family support, education, child development, labor, economic mobility, nutrition, criminal justice, and related topics. Specifically, we are seeking analysts in the strategy specialization. Human Services Analyst - Strategy staff use data to help shape clients' organizational- or portfolio-level strategy, including evidence-informed grantmaking, systems change, or strategies to advance field-wide learning. Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Engaging with diverse clients and stakeholders to build trust and rapport, gather input, provide high-quality work, thoughtful recommendations, and responsive communication
  • Translating research knowledge and experience into actionable, relevant information to support decision making and strategy development
  • Developing products, such as (1) memoranda and executive summaries of key findings, recommendations for improvement, and practice-focused lessons learned; (2) practitioner-focused documents, including implementation guidance, training curricula, and strategic planning tools; (3) case study and lessons learned briefs; and (4) evaluation findings or portfolio performance reports. This may include developing data visualizations to enhance the accessibility of findings.
  • Contributing to the oversight of projects, including financial monitoring and participating in internal project management and quality assurance procedures The following projects illustrate our commitment to improving public well-being:
    • Collaborate with foundations to develop an economic mobility investment strategy that builds on existing evidence and best practices
    • Synthesize results across investments in education programs to support funders with making decisions, informing future investments, and disseminating broader learnings
    • Develop a theory of change, learning agenda, and key performance indicators to help an organization advance their mission Position Requirements:
      • Understanding of measurement and evaluation; ability to adapt methods to stakeholders' capacities and needs
      • Ability to identify and collect data, and perform quantitative and qualitative data analysis
      • Ability to use evidence to inform decision making or make concrete recommendations
      • Ability to identify and integrate equity strategies to in research and evaluation design, co-creation, and reporting
      • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to deal tactfully with clients and stakeholders, engage with diverse partners, and facilitate joint problem solving
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including for non-technical audiences
      • Prior experience working with/in federal, state, or local agencies with marginalized communities is preferred
      • Bachelor's degree required; master's degree preferred in a relevant field
      • Willingness to travel domestically, up to 25% time, as needed (travel is not occurring during the public health crisis) Additional requirements for the strategy specialization include:
        • Minimum of two years of experience in strategy advising, philanthropy or grantmaking, social and community impact, nonprofit management, corporate social responsibility, or a related field. This may include work experience in or with foundations, funder networks or philanthropy supporting organizations, nonprofits, policy research organizations/teams, state/federal government, or human services programs.
        • Experience facilitating trainings or strategic planning processes is preferred. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial or official), and contact information for three references. Applicants should also submit a meeting plan or design, meeting summary, or a memo that demonstrates strategic thinking skills. Please note: After completing your application for this position, you can easily apply for other, related analyst opportunities such as Human Services Analyst - Research and Human Services Analyst - Program development, support, and improvement. This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $60,000-$90,000. This position may be eligible for a discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance. Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on certain projects. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance. Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Seattle, WA We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. If you need an accommodation due to a disability to complete any part of the application process, you can request an accommodation by contacting the Human Resources Department humanresources@mathematica-mpr.com or 609-799-3535 . Accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. EEO is the Law Click here to learn more about your rights as an applicant. About this location Check out where you could be working before you apply. Select Interests Select a job category from the list of options. Search for a location and select one from the list of suggestions. Finally, click "Add" to create your job alert. Job Category Location
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