Position Description

Technical Analyst
Location New York, NY
Job Code 2021-63
# of Openings 1
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About Company

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of people with low incomes, being part of a diverse and multidisciplinary staff, turning research findings into better public policies, and having hands-on involvement in building better programs? Consider an opportunity with MDRC to be involved in the cutting edge of social policy research methodology.

MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social and education policy research organization that works to find solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation—from reducing poverty and bolstering economic mobility 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. MDRC is currently seeking Technical Research Analyst to work in our dynamic and challenging environment. Candidates with immediate availability are encouraged to apply.

About Position

This position is in MDRC’s Research Technology Unit (RTU). The RTU’s goal is to provide research staff with the training, tools, and resources they need to manage, analyze, and present research data.

We are looking for someone who is interested in building their statistical programming and data skills, finds mentoring and collaborating with co-workers rewarding, and enjoys the policy research context of MDRC’s work.


  • Mentor and support staff in developing statistical programming skills (e.g., R, SQL)
  • Review code to troubleshoot issues and advise on alternate approaches
  • Coordinate collaboration and code-sharing across research project teams
  • Develop training materials and knowledge-base content to share programming techniques and best practices
  • Organize and facilitate informal trainings and user groups
  • Perform monitoring and maintenance tasks in our analytics programming environment


  • R programming experience required. Experience with SQL, SAS, or Python is a plus.
  • Experience cleaning, restructuring, and reporting on a variety of data sets.
  • Experience in a training and/or support role preferred.
  • Works well with a wide range of staff, both technical and non-technical.
  • Comfortable speaking in front of small groups (e.g., informal training).
  • Strong written and communication skills.

This position is part of a collective bargaining unit under Social Policy Worker United (SPWU) – Local 57 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Timing: Applications should be submitted by Friday, November 26, 2021.

Please see “What to expect from MDRC’s recruitment process” for more information.

Location: Based in MDRC’s New York City, but we anticipate remote work through January 2022.

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

Instructions: When submitting your application, please include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Programming 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. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID-19 vaccinations, unless they have sought and received an exemption from this policy due to a disability or other medical condition, or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Accommodations are granted in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Applicants must submit proof of vaccination or request and submit an applicable request for accommodation during the 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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