Position Description

Report & Proposal Production Assistant
Location New York, NY
Job Code 2021-54
# of Openings 1
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MDRC is seeking a Report and Proposal Production Assistant to coordinate the production of publications and funding proposals for our Policy Research and Evaluation Department. The Production Assistant will have a key role in supporting existing tools to improve efficiency in the company’s deliverable production as well as developing new efficiencies. MDRC’s publications and funding proposals focus on research projects that gauge the impacts of programs designed to help improve the lives of low-income families through early childhood, K-12 and postsecondary education, employment, housing, and other services.

MDRC is seeking a candidate with strong project management, organizational, and resource development skills interested in playing a pivotal role in the development of research deliverables and resources to support efficiency in this work across the company. The new Production Assistant will have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team on current social policy issues in a dynamic and challenging environment.


The position will provide a successful candidate an opportunity to focus on a range of tasks, including:

  • Coordinating the production of research reports, funding proposals, and other publications — setting schedules and working with team members to resolve issues and ensure timely delivery of materials
  • Participation in scheduling, copyediting, fact-checking, and developing tables and figures
  • Collaborating with internal subject matter experts to write and edit proposal and publication material
  • Developing procedures and information systems (e.g., improving use of collaboration tools and software) to improve existing workflows and production processes to ensure effective implementation of best practices and standards
  • Administrative support: Note-taking, scheduling meetings, handling correspondence, and maintaining project files


Candidates should have a BA/BS in a related field. Desired knowledge and skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational ability and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment; able to coordinate, organize, prioritize, and execute responsibilities in the face of conflicting priorities and unexpected situations
  • Experience working in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint; previous experience with Microsoft Teams and Visio is a plus
  • A basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Comfort working both independently and in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of management and to collaborate with people of different backgrounds, skills, and positions

Location: The position will be based in MDRC’s New York City office, but we anticipate remote work through January 2022.

Timing: Applications should be submitted by October 1, 2021. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.

Compensation and benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits and relocation assistance offered. Some on-the-job training will be provided.

Instructions: When submitting your application, please include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample
  • Names of three references

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. As such, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID-19 vaccinations. Employees in need of an exemption from this policy due to a disability or other medical condition, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, must request and submit an applicable request for accommodation during the applicant offer stage.

MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No qualified applicant, employee, intern, volunteer, or apprenticeship trainee will be discriminated against on the basis of his, her, or their race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, national origin (including physical, cultural or linguistic characteristics), marriage to or association with persons of a national origin group, tribal affiliation, membership in or association with an organization identified with or seeking to promote the interests of a national origin group, name that is associated with a national origin group, accent, language use, immigration status, citizenship, possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their lawful presence in the United States, and other definitions under California or other states’ laws, ancestry, creed, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), age, citizenship, veteran and/or military status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, gender transitioning or perceived gender transitioning, marital status or civil partnership/union status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, protected medical leaves (requesting or being approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act) or similar state family medical leave laws, domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law. Legal work authorization is required. To request a reasonable accommodation during any stage of MDRC&’s employment process due to a disability, please contact HRQuestions@mdrc.org.

MDRC’s dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion exceed compliance requirements. We believe that recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce of all backgrounds and perspectives improves the quality and relevance of our research, as well as the daily experiences of our staff. By fostering an equitable culture of inclusivity and belonging, we seek an environment in which staff feel welcomed, valued, and engaged in their work.

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