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Senior Research Associate, Center for Retirement Initiatives McCourt School of Public Policy

Georgetown University
Washington D.C.

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Senior Research Associate, Center for Retirement Initiatives McCourt School of Public Policy Georgetown University

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Senior Research Associate, Center for Retirement Initiatives - McCourt School of Public Policy - Georgetown University

Job Overview

Georgetown's Center for Retirement Initiatives (CRI) is a nationally recognized public policy institute that serves as a trusted advisor - recognized for its rigorous research, education, and technical assistance - to state, local, and federal policymakers and stakeholders dedicated to strengthening financial well-being and retirement readiness of millions of American workers. The CRI is affiliated with the University's McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP).

The Georgetown Center for Retirement Initiatives (CRI) invites interested candidates to apply for a part-time Senior Research Associate position. Defined by a passion for policy innovation, an interest public policy and public finance, and the legislative process, the part-time Senior Research Associate is responsible for contributing to the center's core research, education, and technical assistance activities.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with public policy and public finance, economics and retirement related programs and policy, such as Social Security and employer-sponsored retirement plans. The Senior Research Associate will contribute to the research, writing, editing, and publishing of CRI policy papers and issue briefs, blog posts, academic articles, and other media. The Senior Research Associate will perform literature reviews, collect and analyze data, contribute to the creation of the Center's website resources, and may also assist with the drafting materials for grant applications. As important, the Senior Research Associate will take the initiative to suggest and then execute new research, education, and communications initiatives and demonstrate an ability to disaggregate projects into manageable work streams and deliver projects on time. Finally, the Senior Research Associate will have opportunities for professional development by attending conferences and meetings.

Requirements and Qualifications

The part-time Senior Research Associate will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work as part of a team, to be strongly detailed oriented, and to manage multiple assignments at one time.

The ideal candidate would possess the following skills and experience:
  • A graduate degree such as an MPA, MPP, JD, or MBA is preferred, although it can be substituted with 5 or more years of related work experience if bachelor's degree only.
  • Individuals with Ph.D.'s or currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a subject relevant program, such as government, economics, or public administration are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Strong interest in business, economics, and public policy (especially as it relates to financial well-being, household finances, income security, asset building, financial services, retirement security, aging and demographic trends).
  • Demonstrated interest in writing and publishing public policy related work (e.g., through a previous internship, independent research project or job).
  • Experience with grant writing is a plus, but not required.
  • Excellent writing, communication, data analysis, and project management skills.
  • Experience with graphic design, data visualization, social media, podcasts, and other digital tools a plus.

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

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Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

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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