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Senior Analyst / PhD Economist, Social and Economic Policy, Rockville, Maryland

Created 11/01/2020
Reference 70560
Category Financial Analysts and Advisors
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Maryland
City Rockville
Zip Not specified
Salary Competitive
Organization Overview

The Social and Economic Policy Division helps guide development of the nation's prominent policies and programs. Our contributions-at all government levels-have resulted in better programs on housing, community revitalization, education, workforce development, income security, food assistance, and in support of children, youth, and disadvantaged families. Our clients include the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, Veterans Affairs, and the Food and Nutrition Service, among others.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.


Abt Associates is seeking a new Senior Analyst / PhD economist with strong quantitative and analytical research skills and knowledge of important domestic policy areas.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Offers subject-matter expertise in areas related to children, youth, and families. Priority areas include: housing, workforce, post-secondary education, and early childhood.
  • Offers expertise in areas such as equitable evaluation principles, racial equity, and social determinants of health.
  • Brings technical expertise related to quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, data collection, and reporting. Rapid cycle evaluation is a priority. May bring more technical skills with software packages (e.g., SAS, Stata, R), although not required.
  • Brings experience translating research and making it accessible to practice, policy, and/or government audiences (e.g., writing briefs or reports, presenting to clients, sharing results at meetings or conferences).
  • Works well in team settings by communicating respectfully, meeting deadlines, and exercising initiative to resolve complex challenges. Also works well independently and completes complex tasks under indirect supervision where there is latitude for independent action and decision-making.
  • Is experienced at managing moderately complex research, evaluation, and/or technical assistance tasks (examples include, but are not limited to: coordinating timelines, overseeing budgets, supervising staff, communicating with clients).
  • Is skilled at proposal writing and/or management.
  • Has successfully mentored less experienced staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD (Entry Level) in Economics OR ABD in Economics; and 0 - 2 years relevant experience

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this position will be based as a telecommuter for the foreseeable future. Only when Abt reopens offices to all employees will there be an expectation that new hires return to the geographical office to which they were hired.

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.

Employer Abt Associates

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