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Research Associate - Research Analyst

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 22, 2024

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Research Associate - Research Analyst

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Mar 15, 2024

Senior Research Associate / Analyst

The Housing Initiative at Penn (HIP) seeks applications for a Senior Research Associate/Analyst to conduct empirical research related to housing insecurity, economic precarity, and public assistance. HIP is dedicated to achieving more effective, equitable housing policy at the local, state, and national levels. HIP advances policy through rigorous research, civic partnerships, and honest and inclusive planning processes. As a member of the HIP research team, the Senior Research Assocaite / Analyst will be responsible for managing discrete research projects and will contribute to HIP research reports, briefs, events, and communications.

The Senior Research Associate / Analyst would manage the evaluation of two separate home repair programs: (1) Rebuilding Together Philadelphia's home repair work in West Philadelphia and (2) the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation's Basic Systems Repair Program. The project team will measure the effectiveness of these programs at keeping people in their homes and at stabilizing and improving the health of Philadelphia's low-, moderate- and middle-income neighborhoods using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. The project will include: 1) qualitative analysis of stakeholder perspectives; 2) descriptive analysis of households and neighborhoods served; 3) impact analysis of home repair on neighborhood/block level housing stability and health outcomes; and 4) impact analysis of home repair on households directly served by programs.

Essential Functions

● Works directly with senior HIP staff and municipal, nonprofit, and community advisory board partners to conceptualize, design, and manage research projects

● Conducts research, including in-person qualitative interviews, and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data

● Manages graduate research assistants in supporting research

● Generates reports, working papers, journal articles, blogs, and other communications independently or in collaboration with staff/faculty

● Presents research at various venues and translates findings to broader audiences

● Works collaboratively as part of a tight-knit team

Other Details

● Full-time salaried position

● Salary commensurate with experience

● Competitive benefits package via the University of Pennsylvania

● Applicant should be located in Philadelphia, with an expectation of some in-person research obligations

● Computing equipment, software licenses, etc. will be provided

  • Demonstrated interest in affordable housing policy and/or racial and socioeconomic inequality
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills, including facility with statistical and geospatial analysis techniques (R or Stata preferred)
  • Strong qualitative research skills and experience with conducting interviews with people with lived experiences of housing and financial instability
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Project-management skills, including ability to meet multiple deadlines, direct research assistants, advance complex projects, and manage nuanced relationships with project partners
  • Graduate degree in fields related to public policy, urban planning, sociology, or data management and analysis preferred

Application Instructions
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references via Interfolio. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The posting will remain open until the position is filled. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

All questions should be directed to: with
“Research Associate / Analyst ” in the subject line.

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The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).


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