Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

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 Associate/Senior Research Associate to assist in the management of several ongoing research and evaluation projects, primarily using randomized control trials. This work represents a mix of quantitative and qualitative research on projects dealing with issues such as: employment and training, disability, welfare, child support enforcement, and early childhood education. The Research Associate/Senior Research Associate will also be actively involved in business development and securing new projects. This position represents a unique opportunity to join a growing business and to work on a wide variety of policy research and evaluation efforts.

The Research Associate/Senior Research Associate will be involved in all stages of projects. Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as project manager for ongoing research and evaluation work
  • Conducting site visits
  • Leading implementation research teams
  • Managing data analysis projects
  • Authoring research reports
  • Designing and implementing surveys and focus groups
  • Identifying new business opportunities and writing proposals

We are seeking candidates with demonstrated experience working for federal, state, and private clients on an array of social policy issues. Applicants must have extensive experience with writing federal proposals and deep knowledge of the demands of large research and evaluation projects for federal clients. Candidates should have experience that demonstrates progressively increased responsibilities and project management expertise. A PhD in a social science or related field, or a Masters and substantial relevant experience, is strongly preferred.

While the ideal candidate would possess both quantitative and qualitative experience, we will consider candidates with backgrounds that are either primarily quantitative or qualitative. Quantitative experience includes leading quantitative research projects and working with administrative and program data with demonstrated experience conducting statistical analyses of large scale administrative data sets and survey data (e.g., SIPP, CPS, ACS, PSID) and expertise using a statistical programming language (e.g., SAS, R, Stata). Qualitative experience includes designing interview and discussion group protocols, conducting interviews and focus groups, and/or designing surveys. Strong writing and communication skills are essential for all applicants. 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.

Salary and level will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered.

MEF Associates has offices in both Alexandria, VA and Seattle, WA. This position will require occasional travel.

For consideration, email your cover letter and resume to

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

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, MEF Associates strongly encourages minorities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply. Legal work authorization required.