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Senior Fellow - Child Welfare (Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population)

Urban Institute

Urban Institute

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

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:

The Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population is seeking a senior fellow who will contribute to and expand Urban’s research and policy related to child welfare. Knowledge of issues related to transition age youth is a plus. Lived experience and familiarity with the child welfare system and these issues is also valued. The senior fellow will work on a potential variety of child welfare related projects that include building evidence on effective interventions, services and outcomes for youth aging out of foster care, preventing child maltreatment, and housing for youth and families involved in child welfare. The senior fellow will contribute to other projects related to vulnerable populations, including youth homelessness, direct cash assistance in lieu of conditional supports, and guaranteed income, based on their specific expertise and interests as well as proposals and projects related to child welfare.

What You’ll Do:

  • Conceptualize, develop, and lead research and evaluation studies related to child welfare.

  • 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.

  • Lead the development of proposals, responses to solicitations, and other meaningful business cultivation activities.

  • Establish or continue relationships with relevant external stakeholders, including local, state, and federal policymakers, child welfare programs, 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 from diverse backgrounds, and external stakeholders.

  • Supervise researchers and provide guidance and mentorship as necessary.

Who You Are:

The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a PhD in economics, sociology, human development, developmental psychology, public policy, social work, public health, family studies, education, or related social science field as well as 10+ years of related professional experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Significant experience in conceptualizing and executing on policy- and practice-relevant research and technical assistance activities. Demonstrate the quantitative, analytical, and writing skills, relevant substantive knowledge, and social policy research experience needed to perform the duties described above.

  • Serve as an expert in child welfare research and issues related to transition age youth and exhibit high-level oral and written communication skills, along with the ability to relate effectively to the media and other senior leaders in the field.

  • Bring successful business development and fundraising efforts and have substantial experience directing large scale research projects and leading and contributing to research agendas.

  • Exhibit strong management skills, including experience coaching staff and teams to desired outcomes.

  • Respect diverse perspectives and value collaborating with colleagues to create a mutually respectful work environment.

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.

The target salary range for this position is Min $165,000 – Max $240,000. Salary offered is commensurate with experience and considers internal equity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salaries are just one component of Urban Institute’s total compensation package. 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 six months of service and 500 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.

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. The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

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.