Senior Associate

Location: DC

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Opportunity:                Senior Associate

Location:                     Washington D.C. 

Compensation:            Competitive within the non-profit industry; Qualifies for loan forgiveness based on 501(c)3 status

Work Authorization:     Candidates must already be authorized to work in the U.S.


Who We Are

ideas42 has a clear mission: to use our unique experience as a nonprofit at the forefront of  behavioral science to change millions of lives. We create innovative solutions to tough problems in economic mobility, health, education, safety and justice, consumer finance, energy efficiency and international development. Our approach is based on a deep understanding of human behavior and why people make the decisions they do. Working closely with our partners from government, foundations, NGOs and companies, we have more than 80 active projects in the United States and around the world. Example projects include:

  • Partnering with public universities to design and test behavioral strategies for increasing student retention and degree completion rates, such as an innovative mechanism for disbursing financial aid refunds at community colleges
  • Partnering with financial service providers throughout Latin America to help people follow through on their intentions to save, building financial resilience among vulnerable populations. 
  • Partnering at the federal, state, and local levels, ideas42 is helping governments apply behavioral science to programs to improve how they serve constituents. Projects range from increasing flu vaccine uptake to increasing SNAP recertification rates. ideas42 helped found and operate the White House's Social & Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST).
  • Working with service and technical assistance providers to improve the quality of family planning and reproductive health services in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

The Role

All team members play an active role on multiple projects across several domains at once. Diagnosing behavioral problems and designing behaviorally informed interventions and products is integral to what we do. 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. All positions provide a pathway to more senior roles within ideas42 and are excellent preparation for a wide range of roles in both the private and public sectors.

  • Managing field projects, including intervention design, implementation, monitoring, and impact evaluation; serving as the day-to-day contact for partners and clients;
  • Developing full-scale project plans, structure and timelines;
  • Assisting/leading primary and secondary research such as surveys, interviews, and literature reviews
  • Contributing to grant proposals, policy papers, and other external communications
  • Supervising and mentoring more junior staff
  • Participating in internal strategic projects, including various aspects of organizational improvement

Who Are We Looking For?

Much of our work hinges on our ability to ask the right questions. As a result, we seek inquisitive, resourceful, analytical individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit. A passion for understanding human behavior, pursuing innovation, and promoting the social good is critical, but prior expertise or training in behavioral economics or psychology is not required. Specific qualifications include:

  • Master’s or equivalent plus 4-10 years or Bachelor’s with 6+ years of relevant work experience
  • Mission-aligned, self-starter, and able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Strong analytical skills and working knowledge of statistics; experience with Stata is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a commitment to high-quality output
  • Available and willing to travel on a flexible schedule as needed (depending on project allocation, about 30%)
  • Record of academic excellence
  • Smart, logical and structured thinkers, who are also creative
  • A background in strategy, marketing, or product management & client-facing experience is a plus
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