Senior Research Associate - Washington State Institute for Public Policy

Closes: January 6, 2019
Salary: $8,058-$10,477 per month of full-time work (DOQ)

Special Note
This is a full-time overtime-exempt, “at-will” appointment, exempt from Washington State Civil Service rules and the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements. This position serves at the discretion of the WSIPP Director.

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) is a unique nonpartisan public research group located in Olympia, the hub of Washington State government. WSIPP is a team of multidisciplinary researchers who conduct applied policy research for the state legislature in a creative and collaborative environment.

WSIPP is strongly committed to the core values of nonpartisanship, quality, and impartiality. Created in 1983, WSIPP has become nationally and internationally recognized for the design, depth, and quality of its research reports and benefit-cost analyses.

Position Purpose
WSIPP conducts research at the direction of the state legislature or its Board of Directors. Research areas include public health, criminal justice, early learning, K-12 education, higher education, child welfare, behavioral health, and health care.

Senior Research Associates conduct rigorous, quantitative research on public policy topics. The work includes problem formulation, research design, benefit-cost modeling, literature reviews and meta-analysis, data and fiscal analysis, report writing, and presentations. The position involves frequent collaboration with other WSIPP researchers, and occasional consultation with state legislative members and staff, state agency staff, and external researchers.

Nature and Scope
This is a senior-level professional position that operates under general direction. The ideal candidate will have a broad interest in evidence-based public policy; strong quantitative, communication, project management, interpersonal, and leadership skills; and an eagerness to learn.

Senior Research Associates work primarily to design, implement, and communicate the results of rigorous research and evaluations; conduct meta-analysis and data analysis; write and edit reports; and deliver presentations to legislative and research audiences. Senior Research

Associates frequently serve both as the principal and supporting researcher on one or more ongoing assignments.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate, design, and conduct multi-faceted, short- and long-term outcome evaluations and other research assignments across multiple disciplines, including overseeing the work of other staff required to meet project deliverables and deadlines.
  • Receive and complete a variety of assignments across multiple disciplines from other researchers who are responsible for leading projects.
  • Develop detailed project plans and timelines, manage project resources, and hold self and team members accountable for assigned work and deliverables.
  • Identify, assign, and coordinate analytical tasks performed by other research associates as needed.
  • Conduct sophisticated quantitative analysis using a variety of quasi-experimental methods. Ensure application of sound economic principles and the use of effective econometric and quantitative methods when conducting outcome evaluations and benefit-cost analysis.
  • Demonstrate expert knowledge in rigorous quasi-experimental research methods, statistics, and analysis techniques.
  • Write and oversee production of reports and present findings to legislative audiences.
  • Respond to requests and manage relationships with legislative and agency staff as well as with relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate strong presentation, public speaking, and writing skills for both technical and lay audiences.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of WSIPP’s staff, research methods, and internal processes and procedures.
  • Participate in determining the skills, time, and resources required for project completion.

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