E.g., 07/08/2022
E.g., 07/08/2022
Work at MPI

Work at MPI

The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions.

MPI is committed to recruiting, hiring, retaining, and developing staff at all levels who reflect the breadth of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives in the countries where we work. This encourages diversity of thought that enriches and adds greater credibility to our work. As such, we are committed to making sure that staff members of all backgrounds work in an inclusive environment with equity and access for all.

Research Assistant – U.S. Immigration Policy Program

Associate Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst – U.S. Immigration Policy Program


Research Assistant – U.S. Immigration Policy Program

What if the next step in your career was to join a dynamic team of migration experts based in Washington, DC, who focus on U.S. policies that shape immigration to the United States? The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) U.S. Immigration Policy Program generates research directly relevant to shaping immigration policy developments and implementation. We are a tight-knit, collegial team looking for a new member with research experience, skills, and interests who will contribute to MPI’s mission of promoting better understandings of immigration through evidence-based analysis and policy proposals that advance U.S. national interests. We seek a new colleague who is passionate about U.S. immigration and who will strive to become fully proficient in the range of topics included in MPI’s U.S. immigration policy work.

As a Research Assistant, you will contribute to MPI’s U.S. immigration policy work through basic research, analytical writing, skills that bring evidence-based information, policy ideas, and commentary to current public policy debates on a broad range of immigration policy developments and topics. You will eventually be trained to speak with the media and others on issues you have worked on.

About MPI and the U.S. Immigration Policy Program

MPI is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that is focused on international migration. We seek to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions. MPI is committed to recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining staff at all levels who reflect the breadth of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives in the countries where we work. This breadth of experience encourages diversity of thought that enriches and adds greater credibility to our work. MPI is committed to making sure that staff members of all backgrounds work in an inclusive, equitable environment.  

MPI’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program addresses a broad range of immigration issues. Our work is strongly policy focused and draws on both research and relationships with decisionmakers, other experts, and stakeholders across the immigration spectrum, especially—though not exclusively—at the federal level. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Research

  • Carry out literature reviews, gather pertinent quantitative and qualitative data, write up summaries of interviews with research informants, and draft memoranda or other written materials suitable for supervisory and sometimes peer review of various analytical, research, legislative, and policy products.
  • Contribute to drafting and possibly co-authoring research publications, articles, commentaries, and other evidence-based materials, with senior staff supervision and guidance.
  • Actively monitor current migration debates and developments, synthesizing knowledge and developing expertise.

Other

  • Willingness to learn and work closely with MPI’s Communications team to fulfill media engagement responsibilities and develop subject matter expertise on a wide range of immigration topics and developments.
  • Contribute to the organization of public events, private roundtables, webinars, and briefing calls under the supervision of senior staff.
  • Assist in scheduling project meetings and research project interviews.
  • Assist in hiring, supervising, and working with U.S. program interns.
  • Support the U.S. team with miscellaneous project management and other tasks, as requested.
  • Assist senior staff in fundraising tasks, including amassing information and writing sections of concept notes, grant proposals and reports, and developing prospective funding opportunities.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least one year of work experience. Candidates without a degree who can demonstrate significant work experience will also be considered. 
  • Proven research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent, demonstrated English writing skills.
  • Ability to effectively collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data through both primary and secondary sources.
  • Timeliness and a deep commitment to accuracy and investigating and reporting what the evidence, not opinion, says.
  • High motivation and willingness to take the initiative; ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment; and seek guidance from colleagues when useful.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and succinctly and work both independently and as a part of a team.
  • Strong interest in and/or professional background in migration policy or a related field.

Preferred Skills

  • Foreign language capability.
  • Strong knowledge and application of data and statistical analysis, with a high proficiency in Excel and related software packages.

Salary and Benefits

This position comes with a competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience and generous benefits package, including health and retirement benefits.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and an unedited, sole-authored writing sample to [email protected]. Please reference “Research Assistant U.S. Program” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.

Applications are due by June 27. Individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the large number of applicants expected, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No direct phone calls or emails to MPI staff, please.

The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability. We value a diverse work environment and welcome applications from all candidates who meet the requirements for the position. 


Associate Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst – U.S. Immigration Policy Program

What if the next step in your career was to join a dynamic team of migration experts who focus on U.S. policies that shape immigration to the United States? We are a group of researchers and policy analysts who value supporting and learning from each other and generating research directly relevant to key policy issues relating to improving the U.S. immigration system so that it works most effectively in the national interest. We are a tight-knit, collegial team looking for a new member who has training in social science research to contribute to MPI’s mission.

As an Associate Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst (depending on level of experience), you will quickly become proficient in the wide range of topics that fall within MPI’s U.S. immigration policy work. You will contribute to the Institute through strong research, analytical, and dissemination skills that bring reliable information, policy ideas, and commentary to current public policy debates. The work will also involve regularly speaking with the media and organizing and participating in private and public events that build understanding of critical policy problems and solutions.

About MPI and the U.S. Immigration Policy Program

MPI is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that is focused on international migration. We seek to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions. MPI is committed to recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining staff at all levels who reflect the breadth of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives in the countries where we work. This breadth of experience encourages diversity of thought that enriches and adds greater credibility to our work. MPI is committed to making sure that staff members of all backgrounds work in an inclusive, equitable environment.  

The U.S. Immigration Policy Program addresses a broad range of immigration issues. Our work is strongly policy focused and draws on both research and relationships with decisionmakers, other experts, and stakeholders across the immigration spectrum, especially—though not exclusively—at the federal level.

Duties and Responsibilities

At either the Associate Policy Analyst or Policy Analyst level, candidates should have an advanced degree in sociology, political science, economics, or another relevant social science. Candidates who have similar skills through experience are welcome to apply. Candidates must demonstrate strong research, writing, analytical, and communications skills. Typically, an Associate Policy Analyst will have three or more years of relevant full-time work experience. A Policy Analyst will have five or more years of full-time experience with a relevant work history that includes conceptualizing, developing, and implementing projects, reports, and dissemination activities.  

Responsibilities that will be assumed by both positions include:

Research and Project Coordination

  • Systematically track current migration and immigration policy developments.
  • Assist with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including key interviews, site visits, and other fieldwork; conduct literature reviews; and contribute to or take the lead on analytical research products, ensuring timeliness and accuracy.
  • Contribute to, co-author, or author explanatory and analytical reports, policy briefs, and other research materials, under the guidance of senior staff.
  • Regularly compile needed information from a variety of resources (e.g., meetings, news sources, academic journals, and webinars) to share with the team and other stakeholders.
  • Assist in the organization of public and private roundtables and events (e.g., developing event agendas, drafting invitations, and coordinating with speakers) under the supervision of senior staff and coordinating with MPI’s Senior Events Manager.
  • Support and work with MPI’s intern program and interns, the data team, and MPI’s Communications program.
  • Assist in conceptualizing and writing funding proposals and reports to key donors and partners in support of MPI’s projects.
  • Participate actively as a member of MPI’s staff in institutional planning, internal meetings and discussions, and outside panel and speaking appearances.

Required Skills

  • Academic or professional experience conducting qualitative (interview or focus-group based) or quantitative research
  • Strong knowledge of key immigration programs and policies, U.S. governmental and nongovernmental institutions, and relevant legislation.  
  • Academic or professional background involving analyzing and writing research reports that are public policy relevant and developing evidence-based policy ideas and proposals.
  • Excellent English writing skills in varying formats and speaking fluency.
  • Proactive, motivated, curious, collegial. Ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, and meet deadlines in an often fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proven research, organization, and project management skills.
  • Ability to understand and succinctly synthesize the details of complex policy questions and actions.
  • Comfort with collecting, compiling, cleaning, and carefully checking data in Excel.

Preferred Skills

  • Research and writing on issues at the intersections of immigration with other key public policy fields, e.g. the criminal justice system, humanitarian protection regimes, poverty studies, public benefits, labor market dynamics, or fiscal policy.
  • Prior publications as a co- or sole author.
  • Experience taking a leading role in a research project, such as through conducting a master’s thesis, or managing a component of a larger research project
  • Training or experience in research design
  • Demonstrated ability to convey complex issues to specialist and nonspecialist audiences, verbally and in writing.
  • Strong relationships with immigration professionals and experts and an ability to strengthen personal contacts and outreach with key immigration actors and networks.
  • Spanish proficiency with demonstrated ability to read, write, and speak in professional settings.

Salary and Benefits

This position comes with a competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience and generous benefits package, including health and retirement benefits.

Details

The Associate Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst will be part of MPI’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program and report to its Director. The job is based in Washington, DC, but qualified candidates requesting to work from another location may be considered.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and an unedited, sole-authored writing sample to [email protected]. Please reference “APA/PA U.S. Program – Social Science Research” in the subject line and include a sentence telling us how you heard about this position. When attaching your resume, the saved title should be “[Name] U.S. Program Application.”

Application Date

Applications are due by close of business on June 27, 2022, but interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the large number of applicants expected, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No direct phone calls or emails to MPI staff, please.

The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability. We value a diverse work environment and welcome applications from all candidates who meet the requirements for the position.



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