NASWA Integrity Center Research Assistant


Apr 27, 2017

Overview

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is a national organization of state administrators of the publicly-funded state workforce system, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), employment services, training programs, unemployment insurance, employment statistics and labor market and workforce information. NASWA delivers policy expertise on workforce development, including unemployment insurance and other transitional support, as the voice of state workforce agencies.

The Unemployment Insurance Integrity Center (Center) has been formed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Office of Unemployment Insurance, the New York State Department of Labor, and NASWA to provide innovative tools, training, and support to states in their efforts to reduce improper payments and combat unemployment insurance fraud.  The Center is tasked with several projects related to UI integrity that include: providing integrity staff training, model integrity operational plans, piloting innovative integrity tools, and sharing best practices among state UI agencies.  

The Center is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to support its research and evaluation activities charged with evaluating the effectiveness of Center tasks and products, and individual state integrity strategies. The Research Assistant will report to, and support, the Center’s Director of Research and Evaluation in a broad range of activities including:  data analysis, program assessments, survey development, project evaluation, and technical assistance tasks related to the Center’s efforts to support state agencies improve UI integrity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Apply quantitative and qualitative research methods and techniques to manage and analyze research and evaluation data
  • Participate in the design of research and evaluation studies
  • Construct and clean datasets for both internal and project-related use
  • Manage small evaluation project tasks and activities
  • Produce PowerPoint presentations and various forms of data visualization, including tables, maps, and graphics
  • Conduct administrative activities of projects including: scheduling and participating in site visits for data collection purposes, project meetings, conference calls, and webinars
  • Support the preparation of technical procedures, site visit protocols, survey assessments, and reports
  • Write, compile, and edit assigned sections of Center reports and issue briefs
  • Format and review work products to ensure quality and consistency of content
  • Identify and review professional publications from various sources to extract and summarize information relevant to assigned project work
  • Prepare internal briefs and research summaries to provide overview of UI policy areas, including background information, leading current thinking, and policy proposals
  • Other duties as assigned

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, or related social science field required. 
  • 1-3 years of related economics, public policy, data analytics, research, and/or evaluation work/internship experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities   

  • Familiarity with SAS, SPSS, STATA, Access, Excel, NVivo and/or other statistical software
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytic skills
  • Exemplary writing and editing skills to prepare professional reports
  • Able to absorb and synthesize large amounts of information and data quickly 
  • Strong knowledge of and passion for public policy
  • Discretion, creativity, maturity, and good judgment 
  • Able to be team-player and work in a virtual collaborative environment, while also working independently on assigned tasks
  • Must have the flexibility to take on new roles and responsibilities as the Integrity Center evolves
  • Strong organizational, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and meet critical deadlines
  • Advanced expertise in MS Office products required

Compensation

NASWA provides health care, vision, dental and life insurance and other fringe benefits including a 401k, funds for Metro and MARC transportation (for Washington D.C. based employees), paid holidays, accrued vacation and sick leave, and travel reimbursement.  The annual salary for this position is $45,000 to $60,000, depending on education and experience.

Work Location and Travel

The Integrity Center is a virtual organization and this position will primarily work remotely from home. Travel requirements for the position could be 10-15 percent of the time per year.  NASWA will provide all IT and related equipment required for work outside NASWA’s offices.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested applicants should submit a detailed resume, a cover letter that describes how the applicant meets the experience, knowledge, and skills above, and a writing sample no more than three pages highlighting research and evaluation experience. Application materials should be submitted via email by Wednesday, May 17, 2017 to:

Tim Griffith, Director of Research and Evaluation
UI Integrity Center
National Association of State Workforce Agencies
444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 142
Washington, DC  20001
tgriffith@naswa.org

NASWA is an equal opportunity employer. 




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