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Research Associate I
Company: Public Policy Associates
Location: remote, MI
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 01/31/2023
Expire Date: 03/31/2023
Job Categories: Government and Policy
Job Description
Research Associate I
Research Associate I Position Overview:
This full-time, entry-level position will contribute to multiple projects as assigned across PPA’s focus areas and support business development activities, such as proposal preparation and PPA communications. The work may include:

Qualitative data collection (e.g., site visits, interviews, surveys, focus groups)
Data management
Data coding and basic statistics
Literature reviews
Supporting meetings
Data visualization
Issue brief preparation and report writing for different audiences

This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Work Environment:
PPA blends serious work with a friendly, supportive work environment. We work hard because we know this work matters. We also recognize the importance of flexibility, fun, and comradery in bringing our best selves to the job. This includes respecting staff members as individuals and valuing their strengths, thoughts, and experience. If you would like to work with a bunch of smart, interesting, and family-oriented people, PPA might be the place for you!

This position is eligible for 100% remote work within the United States, although occasional travel to Lansing, Michigan (our office location) is required. Other travel within Michigan and around the country may also be required.

PPA offers a full compensation package, including competitive wages, paid leave, professional development, health and dental insurance, 401K, and more!

Applicants should submit the following materials:
1) Cover letter
2) PPA application form (https://publicpolicy.com/about-us/ppa-careers)
3) Resume
4) Writing sample of no more than 10 pages.

PPA is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Qualifications & Requirements
Values collaboration, creativity, equity, excellence, and integrity.
Demonstrates skill in data collection, management, and analysis.
Has experience working with diverse populations and using an equity lens.
Ability to work well in a team and independently.
Thrives in a fast-paced environment.
Communicates effectively verbally and in writing.
Is well organized and detail oriented.
Has the ability to concisely summarize data findings.
Is proficient in Microsoft Office and is able to adapt quickly to other software.
Carefully adheres to human-subject protections and data security standards.
Knowledge of PPA policy areas helpful but not required.
Has a master’s degree in relevant field and at least one year of relevant work experience, or possesses a bachelor’s degree in relevant field, is actively pursuing a master’s degree, and has at least two years of relevant work experience. Relevant fields of study include sociology, history, economics, cultural studies, political science, public administration, public policy, education, public health (non-clinical), social work (non-clinical), and criminal justice.
Contact Information
Contact Name: Andie Creamer
Company Name: Public Policy Associates
Contact Email: andiecreamer@workwithhrm.com
Company Description:
Public Policy Associates (PPA) provides clients with the evaluation, research, and strategic consultation they need to make smart public policy decisions that improve lives, enrich communities, and strengthen institutions. Our work is grounded in five core values: creativity, collaboration, equity, excellence, and integrity. We apply these in all aspects of what we do, from the research questions we pose to the way we work as team members to deliver on projects. Formed in 1991, PPA has assisted clients in all levels of government, educational institutions, associations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations, among others. We use a full range of research methods to collect and analyze information, from experimental studies to individual interviews. We also guide strategic planning through group facilitation, environmental scans, and other processes. Our areas of policy focus are education (early childhood through postsecondary), healthy communities, justice, and economic and workforce development.
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