External Job Opportunities - Postings
Senior Data Scientist, Netflix (1/30/15)
Data, Analytics, and Algorithms
Senior Data Scientist - Content Models & Algorithms
Data Science and Engineering
Beverly Hills, CA
Netflix is seeking an outgoing, curious, interdisciplinary analytics expert to focus on mathematical models and algorithm research for our Content organization.
Netflix is revolutionizing Internet television. We deliver over a billion streaming views per month of movies and TV shows across more than 40 countries. Our Content organization meticulously designs the Netflix catalog based on titles that are available to license as well as award-winning original content such as "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black". The challenge is formidable: to satisfy the varied and deeply personal entertainment tastes of our 50+ million members.
In this role, you will help Netflix tackle this challenge by innovating mathematical models to optimize our movie and TV show libraries. As part of our 'Science and Algorithms' group, you will leverage our ever-growing goldmine of streaming data to identify characteristics of an "ideal" content library, predict demand for titles that Netflix does not have, determine the customer impact of adding or losing sets of content, and even help identify the next original series we should target. Your models will have a direct impact on our customers by helping to provide them with movies and TV shows they will love.
This role will be based out of the Beverly Hills, CA office.
- Passion for learning and innovating new methodologies in the intersection of applied math / probability / statistics / computer science. Proficient at translating unstructured business problems into an abstract mathematical framework.
- PhD or MS degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Machine Learning, Operations Research, CS, Econometrics or related field.
- 4+ years relevant experience with a proven track record of leveraging analytics and large amounts of data to drive significant business impact.
- Expertise in predictive analytics/statistical modeling/data mining algorithms. Must have knowledge/experience in some/all of the following: Multivariate Regression, Logistic Regression, Support Vector Machines, Bagging, Boosting, Decision Trees, Lifetime analysis, common clustering algorithms, Optimization, Stochastic Processes.
- Ability to make intelligent approximations of mathematical models in order to make them practical and scalable.
- Proficiency in at least one statistical analysis tool such as R, SAS, and/or Weka.
- Above average capabilities with SQL.
- Experience with distributed databases and query languages like Hive/Pig/Sawzall and/or general map reduce computing is a plus.
- Knowledge of common data structures and ability to write efficient code in at least one language is a plus (preferably Java, C++, Python, or Perl).
- Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to describe the logic and implications of a complex model to all types of business partners.
You will have the opportunity to impact the business in a meaningful way. You will have the freedom to innovate, solve interesting problems and influence in a fast paced, exciting environment. You will work with smart people who love to solve hard problems, and who not only expect, but also foster high performance. For a more in-depth look into our culture, check out http://www.slideshare.net/reed2001/culture-1798664.
Associate Professor in Behavioural Science, Oxford BSG (12/5/14)
Post: Associate Professorship (or Professorship) in Behavioral Science and Public Policy
Department: University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government
The Post: Overview
Applications are invited for an academic faculty position in Behavioural Science and Public Policy within the newly established Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) at the University of Oxford. This post is an excellent opportunity to join and contribute to the development of a new and ambitious school of public policy at one of the world’s leading universities.
The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar and teacher whose expertise lies within the
broad field of applied behavioural science and public policy. He or she will have a track record of world class, applied research on the behavioural aspects of public policy.
The successful candidate will undertake research and scholarship on the behavioural aspects of public policy, teach in the Master of Public Policy degree, supervise MPP and doctoral research students, and help develop and teach upon the School’s programme of short courses.
He or she will join the academic faculty of the BSG and benefit from a non-tutorial fellowship at
As a member of the BSG’s faculty, the post-holder will have a £5,000 annual research allowance. In
addition, as a Fellow of Pembroke College, she or he will be entitled to the following benefits: a taxable and pensionable housing allowance (currently £7,575 per annum); assistance with house purchases (the arrangements for which are currently under review); free lunches and dinners when the College kitchens are open (they are at present closed for 5 days at Christmas); membership of a private health care plan that includes dependants up to the age of 21; an entertainment allowance (currently £200 pa); and funds of up to £1,515 per annum for business-related expenses.
Staff may apply to spend up to 30 working days in each year on projects outside their employment
duties, such as consultancy, spin-out activity and membership of research councils and other bodies.
There is no limit to the amount of money which staff may earn from these activities without deduction
The post-holder will be eligible for sabbatical leave at full pay. One term of sabbatical leave is generally available for each six terms of qualifying service.
The University of Oxford uses the grade of associate professor for most of its senior academic
appointments. Associate professors are eligible for consideration through regular recognition of
distinction exercises for award of the title of full professor. This promotion in status, which brings an
enhanced salary, is dependent on merit and does not normally occur until after reappointment to
retirement. In exceptional cases, where the candidate has previously established an academic standing at an appropriate level of distinction, the title of full professor may be awarded at the time of
The post is tenable from 1 April 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is a full-time appointment and may not be held in conjunction with another job.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on 29 October 2014. For further information
about how to apply, see the relevant section below. Informal enquires about the post may be emailed to email@example.com
Behavioral Sciences Specialist, USAID (posted 12/5/14)
USAID DISTINGUISHED GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT LAB FELLOWS
JOB TITLE: Behavioral Sciences, Uptake and Adoption Specialist SERIES & GRADE: GS030114
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 14LAB0028 (Lab25) SALARY RANGE: $106,263 to $138,136
OPEN PERIOD: Open until filled.
POSITION INFORMATION: Fulltime appointment in the Excepted Service NTE 2 years, which may be extended up to an additional 2 years.
This position is located in the Global Development Lab (Lab), Center for Global Solutions. The purpose of the Lab is to harness the power of science, technology, innovation and partnership (STIP) to significantly accelerate the achievement of foreign policy and development goals. The Lab is organized around 5 centers (Data, Analysis and Research; Development Innovation; Global Solutions; Transformational Partnerships; and Mission Engagement and Operations) and to offices with crossfunctional responsibilities (Officer of Evaluation and Impact Assessment and the Office of Engagement and Communications). The Lab’s goal is to produce breakthroughs that truly bend the curve.
Using this vision as the foundation, the Lab will drive the kind of systematic changes that are needed to accelerate improvements in development methodology. The Lab will achieve this vision through a twopart mission: 1) produce breakthrough development innovations; and 2) accelerate the transformation of the U.S. development enterprise.
The Behavior Sciences Specialist will provide technical support to Agency efforts to increase uptake and adoption of proven technologies/solutions, bringing expertise in behavior change, local systems, and how to build demand for innovations, services and technologies in specific markets. S/he will conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis of data from development projects to identify successful or promising practices that can resolve issues relating to marketspecific uptake of new products or services. The employee will also work to directly design and implement components of an overall plan to support the technology/solution rapidly reaching, and ultimately improving the lives of millions of people in multiple countries and regions. The specialist will, as appropriate, design projects, manage multistakeholder teams, engage with internal and external actors to increase collective action, and develop and disseminate guidance and tools to build capacity across the Agency.
● US Citizens; must be able to obtain a security clearance at the Secret Level
● Degree in Behavioral Science, Marketing Or Sociology; advanced degree preferred.
● 710 years of cumulative experience implementing and evaluating development projects, especially those based overseas
● 5 + years of progressive experience with user centered design practices and service design.
● Expert knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analytical and evaluation methods.
● 5+ years of experience working with senior management in public and private sector organizations across the globe to build partnerships and alliances
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, email your resume to DistinguishedFellowsProgram@usaid.gov mailbox. Veteran’s applicants must include DD214, VA Letter, or a Standard Form (SF) 15, if claiming preference eligibility. Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. For more information please see link at: http://fehb.opm.gov/StaffingPortal/vetguide.asp
Your application package MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, December 5th, 2014, the closing date of this announcement.
If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents submitted are legible and accurate.
Please Note: The USAID Distinguished Global Development Lab Fellows Program is not designed to lead to permanent federal employment and does not convey preference in seeking such employment. Nor does it convey the ability to convert noncompetitively to a competitive service federal position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position); along with your submitted documentation to determine you qualify for the position. Well Qualified applicants who meet the qualifications requirements outlined in this vacancy announcement will be referred to the selecting official.
Relocation Expenses: USAID cannot provide relocation expenses, nor can it provide or fund accommodations in Washington, DC during the Program.
Security Clearance: USAID will pay for any security investigations and clearance. Applicants cover costs for fingerprinting, document preparation and mailing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain a security clearance when applicable. The security clearance will be processed prior to the start of the Program. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. Candidates do not have to have a security clearance before applying.
Official InService Travel: Once the Distinguished Global Development Lab Fellows begins service, USAID may choose to send the Distinguished Global Development Lab Fellows on official domestic or international travel. There is no promise or guarantee of such travel. If there is such travel, USAID will fund it, including transportation, lodging and per diem.
Benefits: A Distinguished Global Development Lab Fellows that is appointed for more than 12 months is entitled to the same benefits as competitive civil service employees. A fellow appointed for 12 months or less is not entitled to receive benefits. You can review our benefits at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits
Reasonable Accommodation Policy: www.opm.gov/disability/reasonableaccommodation.asp
Additional information about the USAID Distinguished Global Development Lab Fellows Program can be directed to:
US Agency for International Development Office of Human Resources (OHR)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004
CFPB Summer 2015 Internships (posted 10/22/14)
CFPB Summer 2015 Internships
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is currently looking for candidates to consider for the Bureau’s 2015 Summer Internship program. The Research, Markets, and Regulation (RMR) division of the CFPB is offering paid internships for both undergraduate and graduate students in the following fields: Accounting, Behavioral or Psychological/Decision-Making Sciences, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Legal, Mathematics, Public Policy, and Statistics. (Candidates with a background or interest in consumer financial markets are also encouraged to apply.)
How to apply:
Visit our students’ and recent graduates’ page at: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/students-and-recent-graduates/. There will be one internship announcement on our jobs page:
October 22, 2014 (General posting for all CFPB divisions – application for internships for up to six divisions, including RMR and closing on October 27, 2014 or when our application cap is met)
Components of the application include:
- Resume (required)
- School transcripts as proof of enrollment in current academic program (required – unofficial OK)
- Short questionnaire (required – administered on the application website)
- Cover letter (strongly recommended)
Internships are open only to current students. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
About Research, Markets, and Regulation Division (RMR):
The Research, Markets, and Regulation (RMR) division of the CFPB is a leading center of inter-disciplinary study on consumer financial markets, consumer behavior, and emerging trends. The Office of Research (within RMR) provides rigorous and innovative research that informs policy by improving our understanding of consumer behavior, the incentives facing financial services providers, and consumer financial markets.
Associate - ideas42 (posted 10/22/14)
ideas42 Associate Position Opening
Who We Are
ideas42 is a unique behavioral ideas lab and consulting firm that’s bringing together highly creative practitioners and industry and policy experts with world-renowned economists and psychologists from top-tier universities. Our mission is to apply our expertise in behavioral economics to invent fresh solutions to the world’s toughest social problems with the goal of improving tens of millions of lives. We are a social enterprise funded by many of the largest philanthropic foundations.
What We Do
We work globally in consumer finance, poverty alleviation, health, education and the environment. Our day-to-day work begins with re-conceptualizing problem, designing new solutions and testing them in the field, then finally scaling them up to reach millions of people. We partner with large companies to create products that will do social good. We collaborate with innovative non-profits to incubate game-changing ideas. We work with government to reimagine policy and revamp programs. We also teach practitioners how to use behavioral economics for innovation. Examples of projects include:
• Designing and testing a behaviorally-informed foreclosure mitigation process
• Working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a “behavioral audit” of the welfare system
• Conducting executive education classes to teach senior-level executives how to apply research insights from behavioral economics to products and services
All team members play an active role on multiple projects. Given the startup nature of the organization, this is a rare opportunity for someone to experience and build the world’s premier behavioral ideas lab and consulting firm. You will work side-by-side with world-renowned economists and psychologists and will be expected to contribute significantly to the development of the organization. All positions provide a pathway to more senior roles within ideas42, and are also excellent preparation for a wide range of roles in the private and public sectors. Responsibilities may include:
• Assisting with managing field projects, including design and implementation, and serving as the day-to-day contact for partners and clients
• Diagnosing behavioral symptoms and designing behaviorally informed interventions and products
• Researching and learning emerging technologies, and developing products
• Leading client research, such as literature reviews, surveys, and interviews
• Analyzing quantitative data from completed randomized controlled trials (RCTs)
NOTE: Applications for Fall 2014 close on Friday, October 31st at 11:59pm. No late applications will be accepted.
For more information and to apply, please go to http://www.ideas42.org/careers/.
Research Advisor - Behavioral Insights Team (posted 8/25/14)
Research Advisor: Behavioral Insights Team Research Team
2 year-fixed term appointment
The Behavioral Insights Team is recruiting a Research Advisor, who will support the Head of Research to design, conduct, and evaluate Randomised Controlled Trials.
For complete job description, please click HERE.
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (posted 8/5/14)
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline for FAS host departments to request institutional endorsement: September 9, 2014 by 12pm
Sponsor Deadline: September 24, 2014
Target Applicants: Postdoctoral Fellows
Target Disciplines: Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Research, Natural Sciences, and Engineering
The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. Candidates to be hosted by Harvard must fulfill all degree requirements for a PhD or equivalent between September 24, 2011 and August 15, 2014 and must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have obtained/will obtain their PhD or equivalent from a Canadian university.
This is not a limited submission opportunity, but applications require an Institutional Synergy and Endorsement letter to be signed the host institution's president (equivalent or designate) on institutional letterhead. FAS Research Development will assist applicants to be hosted within FAS departments in obtaining this endorsement, and can provide a template for host supervisors to utilize in drafting this letter. To obtain the necessary signature on institutional endorsement letters, draft letters should be submitted to Erin Cromack via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 9, 2014 by noon.
Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Erin Cromack (email@example.com, 617-496-5252) or Susan Gomes (firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-496-9448).
FOR RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT (FINDING FUNDING, PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES),visit RESEARCH.FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Senior Program Officer - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Senior Program Officer, Integrated Delivery – Human-Centered Design
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Seattle, WA, US
Division: Global Development Program
Department: Integrated Delivery
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people - especially those with the fewest resources - have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. The foundation is located in Seattle, WA under the direction of Bill & Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
The goal of the Global Development Program is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. The strategies in this program include Agriculture Development; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; Financial Services for the Poor; Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; Family Planning; and Nutrition. The Global Development Program also houses two functional teams – Vaccine Delivery and Integrated Delivery – which support the Global Health and Global Development Program strategies.
The Integrated Delivery team aims to advance the outcomes of the Global Health and Global Development Programs via efforts to improve overall and equitable coverage of impactful interventions to meet those in need - with an emphasis on supporting the primary health care system performance. The team retains expertise spanning a range of delivery-related topics that we deploy in response to requests from program strategy teams to support specific investments, activities, and strategies. Our expertise includes user/market research, new product launch, supply chain design, information communication technology, data & metrics, health economics, personnel management, and operational research/program effectiveness.
Given our unique vantage point to look across programs, our technical experts are empowered to look for holistic, integrated or cross-cutting solutions that overcome system impediments effectively and efficiently. For example, we encourage staff and partners to put the user at the center of our solutions and design integrated, effective, and efficient program models that best meet human needs – breaking the silos. Furthermore, we encourage staff when they are addressing a problem to consider how to design a solution that will most effectively and efficiently not just solve for that program – but may benefit other program strategies. Lastly, we proactively identify delivery challenges across program strategy teams and develop and manage strategies and investment portfolios to advance foundation outcomes – e.g., developing capacity to design and launch innovations, exploring new approaches to support behavior change, improving supply chain systems, enhancing performance of frontline workers, and strengthening primary care systems. Thus, the Integrated Delivery team is not only accountable for contributions to program strategy outcomes but also indicators related to primary care system performance, improved integration, and demonstrating performance in designing, introducing, and scaling high impact interventions.
We are looking for a senior creative leader with the skills and experience to serve as the Senior Program Officer for human-centered design (HCD) within the Integrated Delivery team. This position will improve the foundation’s ability to design technologies and programs that meet human needs by partnering with our program teams to apply HCD principles and methods more consistently in their work. This position will also be responsible for defining and articulating a vision and approach to HCD that can be scaled across the organization in an appropriate and sustainable manner. Candidates should have familiarity applying design methods in low-income settings as well as proven expertise in driving institutional and cultural change, building partnership networks, and executing design strategies.
This Senior Program Officer will not be responsible for building and managing a dedicated design team. This position will serve as a support role, working with diverse stakeholders within the foundation to ensure products, services, and programs are designed to add value to user experiences and drive desired behavior change in target markets for which there is a limited understanding of end user needs.
Objectives are likely to include:
- Improving the way in which we define problems and then translate our understanding of the problem into solution concepts, whether for individual products or broader program designs.
- Improving how we assess the value of new concepts and solutions to ensure that they fit end user needs.
- Identifying opportunities to improve our product development processes and best collaborate with internal and external partners to create user personas and scenarios to inform our Target Product Profiles (TPP’s).
- Working with partners to prototype, test, and adapt concepts throughout the product development cycle to ensure solutions are appropriate and appealing.
- Exploring new qualitative and quantitative approaches to gather data/evidence to assess the contributions of HCD activities to improving the design and uptake of new product innovations.
Success will be measured primarily through your contributions to individual program teams and the success of new products and services that are introduced into the market using an HCD approach. You will also be expected to bring a more user-centric lens to how we design our strategies, programs, and solutions across key areas of our portfolio, such as reproductive health.
A key objective for this role will be to define a scalable model for the foundation’s work in human-centered design building on best practices from the private and public sectors. One challenge is that much of the foundation’s product development work is executed through a network of partners with limited capacity for HCD. Another challenge is that the foundation serves a broad range of end users (literally billions) across a wide range of geographies. Thus, the model will either need to rely on concept solutions that are generalizable and/or build practices working with external partners that are easily scalable. Furthermore, this role will have the opportunity to explore how to apply HCD principles not just to products/technologies but also to designing programs, messaging, and other service elements to make systems more responsive to users and drive desired behavior change.
Thus, this role will require a deep understanding of user-centric research practices but also strategies to design and drive organizational change related to processes, management, system design, incentives, performance metrics, etc. Predominantly, this Senior Program Officer will serve as a thought partner and technical resource to internal strategy and functional teams to drive this change. But the role will also require collaboration with key external partners – e.g., product design and development partners, developing country NGOs, donors, and private, non-profit and governmental organizations (Universities) with ethnographic/design/anthropology/behavioral science/etc. expertise both in OECD and non-OECD markets.
Key areas of work will include:
Vision Setting and Organizational Change
- Collaborating with foundation colleagues to build alignment around a vision for applying HCD to strategic investments, concept design, product development and go-to-market strategies -- and then manage/execute a portfolio to advance this agenda
- Bringing best in class solutions including attention to processes, incentives, and culture to encourage the application of HCD thinking to our work internally and to support our external partners’ activities.
Portfolio Management & Execution
- Scope, shape, propose, and manage a portfolio of HCD related activities and investments to support programmatic goals.
- Scan the industry to find promising opportunities to advance strategies or create new partnerships
- Develop projects with clear, measurable outcomes and milestones that clarify expectations up-front and enable nimble course-correction.
- Analyze and synthesize lessons and results to improve the overall operating model for HCD at Gates.
- Develop effective relationships and collaborate with internal and external partners to execute the vision – especially clinical and research & development partners.
- Serve as an internal thought leader and consultant to empower foundation teams and external partners to apply HCD more appropriately in their work.
Strategic Planning & Evaluation
- Identify and gather quantitative/qualitative information to measure progress against strategic goals
- Contribute to the evolution of the Integrated Delivery team, vision, strategic objectives, priorities, processes, organizational structure, etc.
- Provide input into strategic plans and participate in annual planning related to HCD, uptake and delivery
- Commit to performance development and provide mentorship
- Ensure activities represent foundation's core values of collaboration, rigor, optimism, and innovation.
Communications & Thought Leadership
- Prepare clear, concise, insightful, compelling and action-oriented communication materials to build awareness of HCD within the foundation and support activities listed above.
- Communicate effectively with senior management through memos, meetings, and field visits to reinforce the value of HCD.
- Represent the foundation’s vision for HCD in development to key external constituencies, including participation in conferences and meetings.
- 8+ years of experience in applying user-centric/human-centered design principles to new innovations – at least 5 years as a project leader; ideally with at least 2 years in a low income country context.
- Expertise in design research, participatory design, concept testing and service design, both as a practitioner and project lead. Expertise in information design and infographics desired.
- 5+ years of experience working with large scale institutions to develop a culture, appreciation, and adoption of HCD principles into their DNA .
- Strong partnership network of design organizations and designers – ideally both inside and outside the USA.
- Demonstrated experience in developing processes, templates, and practices to encourage adoption of HCD into organizational decisions – and developing and reporting on metrics to drive continuous improvement.
- Familiarity with low income markets – ideally having conducted several projects in these markets/settings with users from the two lowest-income quartiles – strongly preferred
- Familiarity working in the health field (pharma, medical devices, consumer health products) highly desired
- Strong consulting skills and ability to support internal and external partners achieve their objectives
- Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people
- Ability to orchestrate effective decisions across a broad range of issues and stakeholders, assess progress, analyze gaps, and make necessary changes
- Innovative and open-minded approach; ability to question and challenge colleagues including managers and partners in constructive manner
- Demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a complex, fast-paced environment
- Ability to think/act like an investor; creative and generative thinker
- Excellent visual, written and oral communication skills to convey complex situations in a clear and concise manner, in positions requiring communication with a broad and diverse audience
- Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally
- Self-motivated and self-managing
- A sense of humor
To apply, please visit http://careers.gatesfoundation.org/.
Fellowship, U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team
Job Title: Fellow, U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team
Department: General Services Administration
Agency: Office of Government-wide Policy, Performance Improvement Council
Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled
The U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) seeks exceptionally qualified individuals to serve as Fellows for 2014–2015. Individuals who can secure continued financial support from their home institution or other outside funding are especially encouraged to apply.
The SBST helps federal agencies increase the efficiency and efficacy of their programs and policies, by harnessing research methods and findings from the social and behavioral sciences. The team works closely with agencies across the federal government, thinking creatively about how to translate social and behavioral science insights into concrete interventions that are likely to improve federal outcomes and designing rigorous field trials to test the impact of these recommendations.
The SBST is a small, multi-disciplinary group of experts, coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and organized under the Performance Improvement Council at the General Services Administration (GSA). Collectively, the team has a diverse mixture of scientific expertise from fields such as economics, psychology, and statistics, as well as experience performing rigorous evaluations in complex operational settings. As the SBST works to pursue the agencies’ priority goals, policy areas include health, education, tax and finance, housing, environment, criminal justice, and so forth (see http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/ to learn about federal departments and agencies).
Fellows must possess a unique set of technical and professional skills. This includes extensive knowledge of at least one field within the social and behavioral sciences, the ability to creatively apply research knowledge within the federal government setting, the ability to manage the day-to-day operations of a field trial, and exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. (Duties and qualifications are further elaborated below.)
The position lasts for one year beginning in August or September 2014 (precise start date negotiable), with the possibility of renewal. Fellows will be located in the GSA building at 1800 F Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20405. GSA has been named repeatedly by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.”
Your major duties and responsibilities are as follows:
- Learn about select federal agency priorities and design human-centered policies and programs to better serve citizens;
- Creatively translate insights from the social and behavioral sciences into concrete recommendations for how to improve those federal programs, policies, and organizations;
- Work closely with agency partners to design rigorous experimental trials capable of testing the relative efficiency and efficacy of proposed interventions;
- Communicate regularly with agency partners, and any outside collaborators, in order to: ensure the rationale behind intervention ideas and trial design are clearly understood and meet agency goals; ensure that field experiments are implemented as planned; share updates on trial status; and discuss the implications of results;
- Effectively manage the operations of select field experiments, for example, ensuring that the design, implementation, and results are properly documented and shared;
- Perform data analyses and interpretation;
- Write project reports and policy memos for academic, agency, and public audiences;
- Assist, as needed, on additional projects being managed by other SBST members;
- Attend weekly SBST meetings, provide updates on trial status, and be generally available to collaborate on and contribute to internal tasks; and
- Attend and potentially present at conferences and workshops.
- Ph.D. in a social and behavioral sciences field (e.g., economics, psychology, political science, statistics, sociology, public policy, etc.), or a Master’s Degree plus two or more years of relevant experience.
- Two or more years of experience designing, implementing and analyzing experiments.
- General knowledge of behavioral economics, and highly specialized knowledge of at least one domain of a study within the social and behavioral sciences.
- Ability to think creatively about how insights from the social and behavioral sciences can be translated into concrete interventions that are practically feasible within specific federal programs, policies, or organizations.
- Statistical competency, including use of at least one programming language (e.g., R, Matlab, SAS, Stata, etc...).
- Ability to effectively explain technical concepts to a broad range of audiences, both orally and in writing.
- Strong writing skills, including under tight deadlines.
- Excellent management and organizational skills.
- Flexibility, self-motivation, and the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently as a team player.
- Curiosity and willingness to learn about federal agencies and the unique practical and regulatory constraints they face.
ADDITIONAL PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Two or more years of experience conducting randomized controlled trials within complex field settings.
- Experience working with the federal government.
- Advanced statistical skills, including experience handling large administrative data sets.
- Email your C.V. and a relevant writing sample to email@example.com, with “SBST Fellow Application” in the subject line. Please also include a 1-page cover letter introducing yourself and explaining your interest in being a Fellow.
- The final deadline to submit is July 25, 2014, although applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
- Finalists will be invited to a multi-stage interview process.
Director, Retirement Security - The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Position Description: Director, Retirement Security
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improving public policy, informing the public and stimulating civic life. Based in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., Pew produces fact-based research and develops practical solutions to challenging issues.
Pew operates a wide variety of policy research and advocacy initiatives, including on consumer financial protection, family economic stability, state public-sector retirement systems, sentencing and corrections and election administration. Pew makes use of the basic tools that are required to help the federal government and states explore and advance effective policies, regardless of the issue: credible, timely, and user-friendly research; assessments of public support for change; strategic outreach and communication to ensure that good information is communicated to decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders and the public; the capacity to bring together diverse perspectives and find common ground; and the ability to identify innovative, effective policies that have proven successful elsewhere.
A significant body of research has documented that many Americans are struggling to build enough personal savings (beyond funds accumulated through Social Security or pensions) to meet basic expenses in retirement. In fact, the gap between what families save and what they will need for retirement is expected to grow over time. With the continuing decline of traditional pensions and planned and potential reductions to Social Security benefits in the future, it is likely that younger Americans will need to rely even more heavily on household savings.
This project will provide rigorous research to inform a series of policy discussions at the state and federal level about how to help families increase their private savings. The focus of this research will be on employer-based retirement programs, such as 401(k) plans, as most families accumulate the bulk of their retirement savings at work. Specifically, the project will provide highly credible, independent, non-partisan research to address critical questions, including: significant factors that prevent employers from offering retirement plans or from implementing plan features that lead to greater savings; the impact of disclosure on plan fees, and how leading state and federal proposals to increase retirement savings would affect employers, workers and taxpayers. The project will also extensively engage influential policy makers, thought leaders, business organizations, and advocates in policy discussions that address these questions.
The Project Director, working with Pew’s senior leadership, will implement and direct the initiative, including hiring a team of researchers and policy analysts, overseeing the research agenda, serving as the project’s primary spokesperson and liaison to key policy audiences and the media, disseminating research findings widely and collaborating on fundraising. The initiative will be supported by Pew communications, government relations, fundraising, and operations teams.
This position, based in Pew’s Washington D.C. office, will report to the senior director for family economic stability, for an initial period through March 30, 2017, with the possibility of renewal, depending on the project’s progress, ability to raise funds, and board deliberations. This position is contingent upon board approval in March 2014.
• Manage project implementation, budget, staff and timeline, adjusting strategic and work plans as necessary to ensure policy relevancy, and to complete deliverables on time and within budget;
• Build strong, productive relationships with outside parties, including state and federal officials, policy researchers, industry, advocacy organizations, member associations for policymakers, and other key stakeholders interested in and involved in this issue.
• Supervise the production of major research reports;
• Oversee the selection of state and/ or federal retirement security proposals that the project will assess. Develop and manage contracts with a wide array of consultants;
• Represent the project at national and state events and in media interviews;
• Partner with Human Resources to recruit and hire project staff with a wide range of research and analytical responsibilities;
• Work closely with communications staff to design and implement effective dissemination techniques, including written products, online communications strategies, and high-level convenings;
• Collaborate with Philanthropic Partnership Group to identify, secure and work with operating and funding partners to support the project’s work;
• Ensure strict compliance with all federal, state and local lobbying and ethics laws.
• Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree or relevant professional experience in public policy, public administration, economics or a related discipline required;
• 10+ years of relevant professional experience;
• Minimum of two plus years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel;
• Extensive knowledge of private, government, and public sector retirement savings systems, including policy, programs, issues, research, experts and key players in the field;
• Substantial background conducting and managing complex projects aimed at informing and advancing effective public policy;
• Experience managing the development and dissemination of high-quality, policy-focused research, such as statistical analysis, economic modeling, and survey research;
• Solid knowledge of state and federal policymaking in this area. Experience working with state and federal leaders and stakeholders;
• Strong project development and management skills, including developing and building successful initiatives in the business or policy arenas. Ability to manage multiple outside consultants;
• Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations. Ability to think strategically about how to communicate results to gain policy maker attention and involvement. Experience convening and leading public events;
• Proven ability to develop productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally, with a diverse array of stakeholders;
• Sound personnel management skills and demonstrated ability to build and lead a team;
• Ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details;
• Experience with fundraising helpful but not essential.
It is anticipated that the director will travel regularly, including visits to states and stakeholders involved in policy work and to policy and academic conferences.
Please email a resume and cover letter stating why you are interested and why you think you are a good fit for this specific role to:
Andrew P. Zalman
Officer, Talent Acquisition