Independent Paid Leave Researcher (part-time position)

The National Partnership is seeking an independent researcher with strong quantitative analysis skills to assist the Economic Justice team with research and data analysis to support its paid family and medical leave campaign for six months, starting immediately.

Research topics may include economic, public health and/or gender and racial equity impacts of paid leave. The individual will work with members of the Economic Justice team to shape specific research topics and will produce results for the organization to release on a rolling basis.

The position involves 15-25 hours/week for six months. The researcher can work remotely at their convenience, with the exception of required virtual project meetings every Tuesday from 9:30-11 am ET and Thursday at 2pm ET.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with project coordinator to determine research questions and study design
  • Integrate racial equity and intersectional frameworks in research study designs and analysis
  • Meet regularly with project coordinator to discuss progress
  • Conduct other environmental scan and related research as the need arises, depending on capacity

Examples of Potential Research Projects

  • Estimate impacts of long-haul COVID on household economic security
  • Analyze gender and racial disparities in FMLA utilization
  • Estimate potential cost savings to public programs from implementing a national paid leave program

The ideal candidate will have a strong quantitative analysis background and research skills, demonstrated ability to produce clear and compelling summary materials, plus some knowledge of macroeconomics and public programs.


  • Ability to perform advanced quantitative data analysis, and to utilize statistical methods (ability to create data visuals a plus)
  • Training and experience with microdata analysis and some familiarity with common economic, demographic and/or public health data sources (for example, the American Community Survey or the National Health Interview Survey)
  • Strong interest in public policies related to gender equity and family economic security (experience a plus)
  • Strong program and project management skills, and ability to produce research to meet the political and timely needs of Capitol Hill
  • Strict attention to detail and strong organizational skills, including documentation of code
  • Ability to take direction and ask questions
  • Mastery of common office and collaboration software (Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, conferencing tools such as Zoom or Teams, etc.)
  • Ability to communicate clearly and present complex information to general audiences
  • Comfort communicating about racial disparities and advocating for racial equity by centering women of color

This will be a contractual position, not an employee of the National Partnership, paid at an hourly rate of $40/hour.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Please include a resume and example of research or analysis (5 pages or less; example of work may be in a non-traditional format such as a multimedia product) and two professional references. Send materials to

The National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to racial equity and social justice. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. Please see EEO is the Law and Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.