Posted: Oct 20, 2022

Senior Analyst/PhD Economist, Social and Economic Policy

Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2023
Non-Academic Research


Abt Associates is seeking a qualified Senior Analyst to support the Social and Economic Policy Division to work in our Rockville, MD, Cambridge, MA, Durham NC, or Atlanta, GA office, or as a full-time telecommuter.

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 federal agencies, as well as state agencies, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. We help policymakers identify what works and provide technical assistance and guidance on the design and implementation of complex initiatives and systems.

The Senior Analyst / PhD Economist will exercise initiative to resolve complex non-routine matters. The position holder will implement and manage project schedules, plans, goals, and budgets under the indirect supervision of more senior staff, independently analyze issues to reconcile and resolve problems, and apply their knowledge and experience of general operations, systems, and project procedures. The Senior Analyst / PhD Economist will also actively participate in the mentoring and development of less senior staff. Additionally, they will review project reports and findings and will also be responsible for reviewing data sets, documentation, and models for anomalies to ensure accuracy.

Key Role and Responsibilities

  • Perform and manage a variety of research analysis tasks, including leading team members.
  • Provide training and technical supervision to less experienced staff such as research assistants and programmers
  • Review collected data and analyses using standard practices and techniques in their field(s) of specialization.
  • Use standard software packages to plan and implement data analyses.
  • Apply quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques and methods.
  • Work on complex assignments under indirect supervision where there is latitude for independent action and decision-making.
  • Economists will be expected to apply standard economic theory and econometric methods to the design and implementation of impact evaluations and other research projects

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Economics, or related field, by Summer 2023.
  • Experience conducting empirical research.
  • Strong interest in public policy research.
  • Communicates effectively in English, orally and in writing.
  • Works effectively in teams.
  • Thrives in a dynamic environment.
  • Conducts research with attention to detail and schedule.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD + 0-2 years of relevant experience

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – within Abt and the communities we serve. We 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. While we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our culture, business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, making investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expanding upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.

Applications will be accepted through January 2023, but for full consideration, please submit application materials by November 18, 2022.

Application Requirements:
• Cover Letter
• CV
• Job Market Paper

Application deadline: 1/31/2023