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Research Associate (Part-time), Center for Retirement Initiatives, McCourt School of Public Policy

Georgetown University
Washington D.C.

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Research Associate (Part-time) for Center for Retirement Initiatives, McCourt School of Public Policy Georgetown University

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


Research Associate (Part-time) for Center for Retirement Initiatives, McCourt School of Public Policy - Georgetown University

Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy is a diverse community of problem-solvers, committed to moving bold ideas to action. We are global citizens, conducting policy-relevant research, and building bridges between our work and the communities we serve. Its Center for Center for Retirement Initiatives -a 100% self-funded, independent think tank, one of the top ranked public policy programs in the nation - supports McCourt's mission by providing groundbreaking approaches to the economic challenge of retirement insecurity and by doing so support the School's teaching and research efforts.

This part-time (not to exceed 20 hours per week) Research Associate - in duties designed to support the work of the Center for Retirement Initiatives - is a responsible and detailed-oriented performer with a strong work ethic and desire to learn about driving policy change at the state and federal level through the Center's education and research initiatives. They assist with day to day research and administrative responsibilities, including the preparation of literature reviews, basic information gathering, collecting and analyzing data, policy writing and analysis, contributing data and/or writing for materials produced by the Center and other duties assigned - for example, administrative tasks and conference and program planning. The Research Associate has opportunities for professional development by attending conferences and meetings and to become a subject matter expert in areas of public policy and business related to savings, financial services, retirement plans, pensions, asset management and investments. Duties include but are not limited to:

Research, writing, policy analysis
  • Review and summarize academic literature
  • Collect, analyze, verify, and summarize information and data
  • Contribute information, data analysis, and/or writing to materials produced by the Center
  • Draft policy briefs, blog posts and other materials

State, federal and international legislative and program implementation tracking
  • Review state executive and legislative sources for legislative activity
  • Review federal executive and legislative sources for legislative activity
  • Review and update international policies and programs
  • Prepare bill summaries
  • Prepare program summaries
  • Prepare and/or update state briefs and guides

Administrative and operations support
  • Prepare website content updates
  • Maintain the state resource center
  • Assist with preparing conference and program materials and provide staff support for Center's events, programs, meetings, and conferences
  • Attend or participate in external meetings or events, which may require travel outside of Washington, DC
  • Track and assist with grant opportunities

  • Bachelor's degree in economics, business, public policy or public administration is required, though graduate degree candidates (e.g., currently in enrolled in a master's degree in public policy or business or a subject relevant Ph.D. program, such as government, economics, or public administration) are preferred and strongly encouraged to apply
  • Strong interest in business, economics and public policy (as it relates to financial well-being, inclusion, and security, financial services, asset building, retirement security, aging and demographic trends)
  • Demonstrated interest in research (e.g., through an internship or independent research project)
  • Basic understanding of US government at the federal and state levels
  • Prior work experience
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Experience or willingness to learn new technology and digital tools (e.g., common computer software packages, social media, graphic design programs, etc.)

All Research Associates must sign a confidentiality agreement and properly handle all information acquired in the position.

The Research Associate position may require the ability to work remotely. However, once any restrictions are lifted, the RA will be required to work at the Center's office in Washington, DC.

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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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