Inclusive Economy Lab
About the Department
Founded in 2015, The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab (formerly the Poverty Lab) conducts rigorous research that expands economic opportunity for people harmed by discrimination, disinvestment, and segregation. We partner with civic and community leaders to identify, test, and implement policies and institutional practices that expand economic opportunity on a broad scale. One of five Urban Labs based at the Harris School of Public Policy, the Inclusive Economy Lab is led by Pritzker Director Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business. The Inclusive Economy Lab studies programs and policies that aim to expand economic opportunity in order to understand how well they work. By identifying barriers to social mobility and racial equity and highlighting the programs and policies that have the most positive impact, our work creates greater economic opportunity in cities. We specialize in evaluating policies with the potential to improve lives in four main areas: • College and Career Success • Housing Stability • Financial Security • Quality Jobs Our Values • Conduct science in service of cities: We feel a sense of urgency to do research that improves people's lives. We select projects that lead to solutions for policy, practice, and increased investments on the ground. Our research is rigorous and informed by the historic and current contexts that shape urban residents' lives. • Foster lasting relationships: We collaborate with policymakers, practitioners, and people with lived experience to understand multiple perspectives and figure out what works. • Elevate equity & inclusion: We aim to hire people with a range of personal and professional backgrounds, skillsets, and identities. We expand access to evaluation for a broad range of organizations and we conduct work that affirms the dignity of all people. • Check our privilege: We recognize the power and privilege we have as members of the University of Chicago. We practice humility and recognize that expertise comes in many forms and there are limits to our own. • Embrace a growth mindset: We invest in our people and develop our skills and content knowledge together. We work respectfully as a team to achieve our shared goals.
The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.
- Conducts thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature.
- Writes human subjects permission protocols and amendments for IRB permission, and obtains other research permits as needed.
- Assists with data collection, management, and analysis including cleaning and assembling the files for data analysis, and conducts field research as needed.
- Prepares sections of research results, including proofing, formatting and creating tables and graphs.
- Assists with the coordination of research activities, communications with partner agencies, and managing project deliverables.
- Assists in writing grant proposals and preparing presentations targeting both policymakers and academic audiences.
- Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
- Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
- Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.---
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through ---
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
- Bachelor's degree in sociology, public policy, economics, or other relevant field.
- Some relevant research experience.
- Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills.
- Ability to engage thoughtfully with issues related to race, identity, and equity and work across difference.
- Demonstrated experience working with communities that have experienced segregation and disinvestment.
- First generation college students and those with lived experience in communities experiencing poverty and disinvestment are encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrates knowledge of research theory, methods, and literature.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
- Ability to work both independently and to collaborate with others, both on internal teams and with external partners.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to work discretely with sensitive and confidential data.
- Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills.
- Resume (required)
- Cover Letter (required)
When applying, the document(s) MUST
be uploaded via the My Experience
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