Urban Institute
Urban Institute

Elevate the Debate

OUR MISSION IS TO OPEN MINDS, SHAPE DECISIONS, AND OFFER SOLUTIONS THROUGH ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL POLICY RESEARCH.

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What we Value

The Urban Institute seeks to be a place of respect, honesty, opportunity, and collaboration. We value rigorous research that elevates debate, no matter where it takes place.

Evidence Directs us

At Urban, evidence directs us. Our experts are objective and independent and reach their conclusions based on where the evidence leads them. We do not have an agenda. Nor do we develop institutional positions on policy issues.

Integrity and Quality

The Urban Institute strives to meet the highest standards of integrity and quality in its research and analyses and in the evidence-based policy recommendations offered by its researchers and experts. The organization’s reputation for integrity and quality is our most valuable asset, which we seek to protect and enhance.

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Diversity is essential.

Diverse and inclusive teams are critical for high-quality research and analysis. Our work is strengthened by a range of perspectives fostered in a collaborative, respectful environment.

Facts matter.

We believe in the power of evidence to improve lives, promote equity, and strengthen communities

Diversity at Urban

The Urban Institute strives to be a vibrant, creative community of skilled and committed people who bring to their work a whole range of different experiences. Accordingly, the Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer -Minorities, Women, Disabilities, Veterans.

Open Positions

  • Research and Policy
  • Operations and Office Support
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Contracts
  • Communications
  • Facilities and Office Services
  • Technology and Data Science

Benefits Package

Urban offers a comprehensive benefits package Including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.

 

Locations:

Washington DC – possibly remote for some opportunities

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Our History

In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson founded the Urban Institute to “help solve the problem that weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of all of us—the problem of the American city and its people.” The Urban Institute was born at a time of severe polarization, as Americans clashed about whether and how to grapple with the country’s deep legacy of racism and segregation. Early attempts to lift families out of poverty and narrow inequities were often stabs in the dark without a clear understanding of whether new policies were working—or for whom. Among Urban’s first contributions was a microsimulation tool that forecasted the combined effects of federal antipoverty programs on family well-being. How did cash benefits, food stamps, tax credits, and other subsidies interact? And were they helping people get ahead? Since then, Urban researchers have built a portfolio of microsimulation models on taxes, health insurance, and retirement security. Each is built to predict how people, communities, and spending will be affected by proposed policy reforms—giving policymakers and the public crucial information to better shape and target solutions.

“THE URBAN INSTITUTE IS A NATIONAL TREASURE. IT PROVIDES A RARE VOICE OF REASON IN POLICY DEBATES TOO OFTEN DOMINATED BY SOUND BITES AND POLITICAL POSTURING.”

JEREMY TRAVIS, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, LAURA AND JOHN ARNOLD FOUNDATION