J-PAL North America is looking for an exceptional candidate to join our team as a Research Manager. This is a mid-level position for candidates with 4 or more years of professional experience, and is based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.
J-PAL's mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. The successful candidate will directly contribute to this mission, supporting researchers to produce rigorous evidence about which policies work to reduce poverty in North America, and why. They will also work with other members of J-PAL North America’s research team to build a culture of evidence, producing online resources and training materials to help others conduct randomized evaluations. Candidates should have an understanding of impact evaluation, training in economics and statistics, knowledge about social policy, and excellent organizational skills.
This role provides the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. The Research Manager’s time will be split between:
- Project management for randomized evaluations led by co-Scientific Director Amy Finkelstein (50%).
Examples of the types of projects the Research Manager would support include the effect of expanding public health insurance and the impacts of case management for patients with complex needs. The Research Manager coordinates efforts on these projects and ensures evaluation designs are implemented faithfully, flagging and finding solutions for potential threats. They will be responsible for coordinating administrative data requests, ethics committee protocols and other compliance documents. The candidate will work closely with Amy Finkelstein, co-investigators and implementing partners. They will also directly supervise, manage and mentor research associates who conduct data analysis.
- Providing Short-Term Research Management to help set up new randomized evaluations (25%).
The candidate would contribute to Short-Term Research Management (STReaM), providing assistance to researchers across the J-PAL network for 3-6 months at a time, usually in the beginning stages of new randomized evaluations. Projects will cover a range of topics and will be selected through J-PAL North America’s funding initiatives such as the State and Local Innovation Initiative, the Education Technology and Opportunity Initiative, or the Health Care Delivery Initiative.
- Contributing to the creation and dissemination of research resources, to help other research teams run successful randomized evaluations (25%).
The Research Manager will draw lessons from the projects they manage, and will work with other members of J-PAL’s research team to translate these lessons into guides and generalizable best practices, which will be published online and shared as training materials. Existing examples include a guide to working with administrative data, rules of thumb for power calculations, and a checklist for launching randomized evaluations. To disseminate these resources, the Research Manager will occasionally represent J-PAL North America at conferences or training events. This may include presenting or providing teaching assistance at events that J-PAL hosts, such as Executive Education and Research Staff Training.
How to Apply
Apply Here: https://www.povertyactionlab.org/careers/research-manager-j-pal-north-america