Urban Institute — Senior Fellow, Workforce Equity

Application Instructions: Apply using our online portal here: https://urban.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Urban-Careers/job/The-Urban-Institute-DC/Senior-Fellow–Workforce-Equity–Income-and-Benefits-Policy-Center-_R-801133

About Urban Institute:
At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.

Our Mission
To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Our Values
Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity

For more information on the Urban Institute, please visit https://www.urban.org.

The Opportunity:
Central to Urban’s mission is fostering a truly inclusive community that ensures ongoing relevance to a changing world. The Income and Benefits Policy Center for the Urban Institute seeks an experienced, expert researcher to design, manage, and implement new Urban research to addresses important policy and practice questions in labor and workforce with a specific focus on improving equity for workers. The Senior Fellow will contribute to and expand Urban’s work on labor market policies and practices that can support workers and promote equity across many dimensions, including race, ethnicity, physical ability, immigration status, geography, and gender. Reporting to the Vice President for Income and Benefits Policy, the Senior Fellow will work with a talented group of colleagues, including the Building America’s Workforce initiative, WorkRise, and more. The ideal candidate will partner with scholars across Urban.

What You’ll Do:

  • Conceptualize and develop new research projects and initiatives that are creative, address public policy needs and meet high standards of methodological rigor, with a focus improving equity for workers and addressing structural inequities and structural racism in labor market policies and practices, such as: job quality, hiring, discrimination, automation, alternative work arrangements)
  • Direct new or ongoing projects and initiatives, including being responsible for research quality, finances, timeline, staffing and managing staff, and meeting funder goals.
  • Lead efforts to fundraise for new research and initiatives as well as support efforts of other staff.
  • Establish or continue relationships with relevant external stakeholders, including local, state, and federal policymakers, unions, business leaders, media, academia, nonprofits, and advocates.
  • Lead and collaborate in reporting research findings, including written products, creative data presentation, briefings, and presentations at meetings and conferences.
  • Communicate effectively with multiple research teams, senior and early career staff members, and external stakeholders.
  • Supervise and mentor other research staff, to help nurture talent and grow productive, motivated, and happy colleagues.

Who You Are:

  • Comfort and sophistication in applying a race and equity lens to research and policy questions, analyses, and recommendations.
  • The knowledge and skills usually associated with a PhD or master’s degree in public policy, economics, sociology, political science, or a related field and 10 plus years of prior experience in related research areas.
  • Significant experience in conceptualizing and executing on policy- and practice-relevant research on labor markets and labor equity.
  • Deep methodological rigor, preferably including knowledge of innovative methods that could take advantage of Urban’s data science and research technology capacities.
  • Expert knowledge of the current state of scholarship, practice, and policy in labor markets and equity (including but not limited to job quality, hiring, automation and future or work, and alternative work arrangements)
  • A proven track record of developing, funding, and implementing relevant research projects or initiatives.
  • Active engagement in real time economic policy debates.
  • Lived experience and personal familiarity with employment services, community colleges, or the public workforce system is valued in addition to educational instruction or professional experience.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication.
  • Experience managing teams and individuals to desired outcomes.
  • Proven ability to engage and communicate with external clients and stakeholders, including foundation and government funders, policymakers, media, academia, non-profits, advocacy groups, and community members

What You’ll Experience:
No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.

Urban’s greatest asset is our people.

Urban is committed to supporting our staff’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being through a robust benefits package for yourself, eligible dependents, and domestic partners. It includes generous paid time off, including nine federal holidays, medical (including prescription), dental and vision insurance, and transit benefits. Urban is unique in that we offer 403(b) retirement plan participation immediately after you’re hired and a generous employer contribution after five months of service and 1,000 hours, with immediate vesting. You’ll also have access to a health advocate, personal finance coaching, an Employee Assistance Program, and educational assistance for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

As a federal contractor, Urban will comply with Executive Order (EO) 14042 that requires federal contractors, subcontractors, and their respective employees to comply with Covid-19 vaccinations. All Urban Institute employees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and comply with masking and distancing requirements, regardless of responsibilities or work location. New hires must also be fully vaccinated before starting work. Employees may request exemption from vaccination against COVID-19 based on either a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated. Where such an exemption is approved, Urban will discuss with each employee potential accommodation.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

The Urban Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you have a physical and/or mental disability and are interested in applying for employment and need special accommodations to use our website to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@urban.org. Reasonable accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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