Research Associate

Washington, D.C. - Posted: 08/01/18 | SHARE:


Research and evaluation staff, as part of the programs team, produce the Partnership’s unique series of high-visibility reports, insightful issue briefs and innovative research projects, such as the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Rankings. Additionally, research and evaluation staff evaluate the short- and long-term outcomes of the Partnership's leadership programs.

The Partnership is seeking an entry-level research associate to support the organization.  The associate will play a key role in conducting background research, attending and writing summaries of interviews with federal leaders, analyzing program data and responding to information requests.

The ideal candidate will have social science research experience and possess strong writing skills, organization and time-management skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Candidates should be able to work independently and on a team in a fast-paced environment.



  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data, interpret statistics and draft findings.
  • Clearly communicate the results of analytical work to non-technical audiences.
  • Write summaries, case studies, literature reviews, issue briefs and other content.
  • Work closely with the Partnership’s communications team and government affairs team to ensure the Partnership provides timely data to media outlets and Congress.
  • Develop project plans, schedule interviews, record findings and help keep projects on track and on schedule.



  • Ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative data in a reliable manner.
  • Very strong eye for detail and concern for quality.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to juggle multiple projects and work efficiently.
  • A can-do attitude, and willingness to pitch in.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven track record collaborating on projects in a team environment.
  • Ability to translate and synthesize complex concepts and data into easy-to-understand, compelling messages.
  • Unwavering commitment to sound methodology.
  • High level of political savvy, able to and operate effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Strongly motivated by the mission of the Partnership for Public Service.
  • Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, economics, social science, political science, or a related field.
  • Proficiency in Excel; other data analysis platforms a plus (SPSS, SAS, R).

This job operates in a professional office environment in Washington, DC and at external venues, both local and out-of-state. This position requires consistent use of office equipment such as computer, telephone, printer and scanner. 
This is a full-time exempt position with regular work hours Monday-Friday9 am to 6 pm. There may be occasional evening or weekend activities required. 
If travel occurs, it is usually local and during the business day. Some out-of-state and/or overnight travel may be required. 
The Partnership is an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government. The Partnership for Public Service is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any application for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.

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