Research Assistant

MEF Associates is a small business offering a full range of evaluation, policy research, and technical assistance services in the areas of income security, employment, training and workforce development, and child and family policy. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, children, and families by building knowledge and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of public policy and programs.

We are seeking a Research Assistant to support our ongoing work on an array of research and evaluation projects. This work will represent a mix of qualitative and quantitative research on projects dealing with issues such as: employment and training, welfare, food assistance, child welfare, child support enforcement, early childhood education, and disability. The Research Assistant position represents a unique opportunity to join a growing business and to work on a wide variety of large scale policy research and evaluation efforts.



The Research Assistant may be involved in multiple stages of projects. Responsibilities could include:

  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Assist with field research including assisting in the development of protocols, organizing meetings and site visits, note taking, and preparing transcripts and/or summaries
  • Contribute to reports, proposals, and presentations
  • Manipulate data and assist in conducting data analysis using MS Excel and/or statistical packages
  • Assist with the design and implementation of surveys and focus groups
  • Contribute to the company website, marketing, and proposal development


A BA/BS in a social science or a related field with an exemplary academic record is preferred. Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills are essential. This job will involve responsibilities for multiple projects at any given time, and requires the ability to multi-task and prioritize a varied workload in a fast-paced environment. Candidates should demonstrate attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills. Prior experience researching public policy in our areas of focus is preferred. Additional desired skills include experience supporting a professor or other researcher with qualitative or quantitative research projects and/or experience with a statistical or qualitative software package (e.g., Stata, R, SAS).

Competitive salary and comprehensive fringe benefits offered. Level will be commensurate with experience.

MEF Associates has offices in both Alexandria, VA and Seattle, WA. Candidates should indicate preferred location.

This position will likely require occasional domestic travel.

For consideration, please email your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to

Due to high volume of applications, only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

MEF is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply. Legal work authorization is required.