Senior Research Associate

The Poverty Research Unit (PRU) of the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity publishes the NYCgov poverty measure for New York City that is a nationally recognized metric for evaluating and targeting policies intended to reduce poverty. The NYCgov poverty measure has become an important tool for evaluating policies, assessing the progress the city has made over time in reducing poverty, and designing new policies to reduce current levels of economic deprivation. NYC Opportunity also releases an annual brief on the economic condition of immigrants in New York City, connecting economic outcomes to legal status.

We are seeking a Senior Research Associate to collaborate on annual production of the poverty report, conduct analysis of poverty data and join a team focused on policy initiatives to reduce poverty and inequality.


The Senior Research Associate's responsibilities will include:

  • Researching equitable policy in the post-COVID economic recovery.
  • Upgrading the poverty measure model to incorporate changes in safety net policies and related data as well as new research in income poverty metrics.
  • Estimating the effects of taxation on the poverty rate.
  • Maintaining a tax simulation model for the annual poverty report and modeling proposed changes in tax components such as the earned income credit or basic income guarantees.
  • Researching and understanding of labor markets and income distribution as they relate to poverty.
  • Maintaining and developing data bases on local labor markets and working with sectoral and cyclical changes as they relate to income and equity.
  • Providing data for multiple city agencies to advance antipoverty programs.

  Skills We're Seeking

We understand that candidates may not have all of the skills we are seeking below. We encourage those interested to apply even if they do not meet all of them. We are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

Familiarity in analyzing administrative and survey data. Experience with census data such as American Community Survey microdata are particularly relevant.

Strong knowledge of applied statistics including experience with semi parametric modeling and missing data imputation are particularly desirable.

Proficiency in at least one of the following languages is required: R, Stata or SPSS.

Research background should be related to poverty measurement, income distribution, income mobility, or wages and include awareness of race, gender and ethnicity as they relate to poverty.

Must be able to work both independently and in a collaborative setting.

Excellent verbal and written skills.

  Education and Experience

Must have a completed master’s degree from an accredited college in economics or another social policy related field with research experience. Substantial progress towards a doctorate or extensive experience in data analysis is strongly preferred.

  Benefits and Compensation

This is a permanent, full-time position offering competitive salary and benefits. To learn more about the New York City's Employee benefits, visit the NYC Office of Labor Relations.

The salary range for this position is $84,468 - $111,003 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

  How to Apply

The application window for the Sr. Research Associate position with the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity is now closed.