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Student Research Assistant (Hourly - Summer 2023), Economic & Public Policy Research (EPPR)

The UMass Donahue Institute’s Economic & Public Policy Research group (EPPR) is seeking qualified applicants currently in their Junior year of undergraduate education for the position of Student Research Assistant. EPPR produces industry analyses, regional economic studies and public policy reports on topics of interest to policymakers in government, business, and academia. Student Research Assistants work under the direction of UMDI research professionals. They support the work of UMDI through quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, creating data visualizations, performing literature reviews, assisting with surveys, and other research tasks as needed. Depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant, the position may entail writing duties and some independent project tasks. Student Research Assistants may be able to receive academic credit through their academic departments for their work at the UMass Donahue Institute. 

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Research Manager (Hybrid Opportunity), Economic & Public Policy Research (EPPR)

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) Economic and Public Policy Research (EPPR) Research Manager works with the unit Director and Senior Research Managers to conceive of and create new projects and develop project scopes, budgets, and project work plans. The Research Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of assigned projects, from conceptualizing sound research plans to developing high-quality project deliverables. The Research Manager is also expected to identify funding opportunities and contribute to business development. 

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Departmental Assistant (Hourly Research Associate),  Economic & Public Policy Research (EPPR)

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute’s Economic and Public Policy Research group (EPPR) conducts a range of customized economic and demographic data analysis and policy studies on topics of interest to policymakers in government, business, and academia. Workforce, housing, infrastructure, local and regional economic development, industry ecosystems, demographic and socioeconomic trends, and economic impact analyses are frequent but not exclusive themes of EPPR’s policy-related work.

Research Associates conduct specialized economic and public policy research through quantitative data analysis, literature reviews, surveys, and interviews. Depending upon the qualifications of the Research Associate, the position will entail significant writing duties and independent task management. Typically, Research Associates work collaboratively under the direction of a Research Manager, Senior Research Manager, and/or the EPPR Director.

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Senior Research Manager, Applied Research and Program Evaluation (Boston OR Shrewsbury, MA OR Hadley, MA)

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) Applied Research and Program Evaluation (ARPE) group partners with organizations across multiple sectors to develop and implement utilization-focused studies that address public health, human services, and educational policies and initiatives. Our philosophy reflects a rigorous but practical orientation, believing that research is most meaningful when findings can be applied to public benefit. We also believe that evaluative work is a key driver in advancing equity and strive to utilize culturally responsive and equitable evaluation practices in all of our work. To this end, we are actively working to engage a diverse team of researchers that is reflective of the communities served by the programs we study.

Senior Research Managers work with the unit director and other members of the unit management team (Senior Research Managers and Research Managers) to design studies, develop project scopes, budgets and project work plans. They are responsible for ensuring that the overall quality of work produced on their projects is professional and consistent with UMDI standards. In addition, they foster collaborative relationships with clients, provide ongoing supervision and mentoring to project staff, engage in business development, and support efforts to improve overall organizational capacity.

Senior Research Managers are expected to possess a solid foundation in research methods, strong verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills, and the ability to independently manage projects and effectively lead a research team. Senior Research Managers will have demonstrated experience developing and implementing research projects, making significant contributions to business development, supervising and mentoring staff, and developing and fostering strong client relationships.

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UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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