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4 Jan 2021

Full-Time Associate Advisor

The Behavioral Insights Team – Posted by bitna Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

  • Type: Full time, 40 hours per week
  • Flexible working options include flexible start and finish times, home working and compressed hours
  • Starting salary: $57,000 – 65,500 per year, plus benefits. We use a defined rubric to determine placement in the salary band to reflect differences in educational attainment, qualifications, and experience.
  • Based in Washington, D.C.

Are you looking for a new challenge and want to join a successful and rapidly growing organization? Do you have a passion for exploring new ways to change people’s lives at a national scale through government policy? If so, we want to hear from you.

About the role
Our portfolio of work continues to grow, and as a result, we’re now looking for an Associate Advisor to join us in our Washington, D.C. office. This position will include working on a D.C.-based project as a trial implementation lead embedded with an agency, as well as helping with workshops, projects, proposals, and intervention design and analysis under our growing portfolio of work with states and the US federal government. While not a requirement, top candidates for this position will bring experience in one or more of the following: behavioral economics, rigorous evaluation and trial design, project management, state and/or federal government, consulting, or public speaking and training. Associate Advisors typically hold Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees along with one to two years’ work or research experience, although we are open to candidates with a range of work experience.

At BIT, we work towards the development of programs and policies that serve people more efficiently and effectively, and we are particularly focused on serving populations who have not benefited fully from existing approaches. For example, we seek to increase uptake of government services among vulnerable communities, such as primary care for low-income families, job search support for people who have lost their jobs, or counseling for victims of intimate partner violence. We therefore look for candidates who bring knowledge and experience of working across diverse populations, both domestically and internationally, and who understand how these perspectives can and do influence our ability to generate positive social impact, including through our research and project scoping.

We also seek candidates who embody the BIT values: prioritizing social impact; empiricism and humility; fresh thinking, collaboration; and public service. In real terms, that means we turn down projects that we don’t think will make a positive impact on the world; we hold project meetings where staff of all seniority levels are asked to contribute their perspectives; and we are constantly checking our ideas and assumptions against the growing social science evidence base – and changing course when it turns out we were wrong. A successful candidate for this role will be both a critical thinker and an empathetic, collaborative teammate.

While applied behavioral science and evaluation are integral to everything we do, we are committed to investing in the professional development of our staff and will provide the on-the-job training you need to be successful. Therefore, while a keen interest in behavioral science concepts and analytical methods is important, prior expertise in these areas is not essential.

What does an Associate Advisor do?
BIT’s Associate Advisors work under the direction of Advisors or Senior Advisors. They are expected to contribute to applied behavioral science projects in many ways, including but not limited to:

  • Developing interventions and trials, e.g. applying concepts from behavioral science to the design of communications, processes, and programs; assisting in the design of field experiments, including power and sample size calculations, developing plans for data collection, cleaning, and analysis
  • Research and analysis, e.g. helping the team conduct field research and desk research; conducting statistical analysis; contributing to the synthesis of findings
  • Trainings and workshops, e.g. co-facilitating workshops for all levels of government focusing on concepts of behavioral science and rapid, low-cost evaluation, including how to conduct randomized controlled trials within government
  • Written and oral communication, e.g. drafting and editing client-facing notes, reports, and PowerPoint slides
  • Client management support, e.g. drafting client emails, meeting agendas, and similar products; joining client meetings and calls
  • Work planning and project management, at a minimum by proactively keeping tabs on their own tasks and timelines, responding to project needs, and in some cases taking a more active role in work plan development and coordination
  • Operational support, e.g. scheduling meetings, booking travel and preparing workshop materials

Note: For all tasks, AAs receive close supervision, guidance, and support. As an AA develops in the role, they will be expected to take more ownership of specific tasks within the project development process

Some of your typical daily tasks may include…

  • Research and analysis
    • Scan the evidence base for relevant behavioral science findings; assess quality of research supporting those findings; suggest behavioral intervention approaches based on that research and analysis
    • With support from Advisors and Senior Advisors, develop the experimental design for randomized controlled trials
    • Investigate and respond to gaps, errors, and irregularities identified through field research or data analysis
    • Conduct randomizations, power calculations, descriptive and multiple regression analysis in Stata
  • Trial implementation support and monitoring:
    • Working with clients to support the delivery and evaluation of behavioral science interventions
    • Conduct data checks and collection to ensure implementation fidelity
    • Ensure quality assurance of treatment and control groups during trial implementation
  • Work planning and project management
    • Deliver tasks on time, or proactively communicate around challenges to on-time delivery
    • Provide input on project planning and scoping
  • Client management support
    • Schedule and participate in client meetings and phone calls
    • Support project team in maintaining a high level of responsiveness to client communications, e.g. by drafting email responses on tight deadlines
  • Written and oral communication
    • Write clearly and concisely with appropriate style for the audience
    • Communicate behavioral science concepts clearly and concisely
    • Develop or modify PowerPoint training slides for external audiences
    • Present to external partners on BIT projects and behavioral science concepts
  • Strategic and operational support
    • Contribute to proposals and policy notes
    • Actively engage in relevant policy agendas by reading widely, attending conferences and events

What makes a great Associate Advisor at BIT?

  • Associate Advisors at BIT come from a range of backgrounds, and there is no single profile required for success. However, the following backgrounds and qualifications are often helpful for the role:
  • Intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness
  • Dedication to achieving social impact
  • Familiarity with core concepts of behavioral science and randomized controlled trials
  • Experience balancing multiple priorities and projects in a work environment, particularly in a customer-serving role
  • Experience with data analysis, especially in Stata
  • An understanding of state and/or federal government in the United States
  • An interest in working on non-partisan and/or bi-partisan policy and operations issues
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Strong academic performance
  • Ability to work collaboratively with teammates and clients with a broad range of backgrounds, political affiliations, and skillsets

Who are we and what can we offer you?
The Behavioural Insights Team is the world leader in applying behavioral science to public policy challenges in order to strengthen communities and improve lives.

We design and rigorously test new ideas across a range of areas such as health, crime, and education, to establish what works and what doesn’t. We have helped Tuberculosis patients take their medicine; reduced police susceptibility to cyberattacks; and helped organizations close their gender pay gap.

We are looking for a passionate and imaginative individual who understands behavioral science and shares our thirst for evidence-based solutions to join our dynamic and growing team.

BIT really is a great place to work:

  • An IT set up which allows for easy working from home options.
  • We have regular team lunches with inspirational guest speakers.
  • We offer:
    • comprehensive health, dental, and vision coverage or $1,170 healthcare allowance per month;
    • $104 cell phone stipend per month;
    • $1,200/year professional development reimbursement fund;
    • 15 vacation days with the option to purchase an additional 10 days at the beginning of each year,
    • 7 sick days;
    • 9 public holidays per year;
    • 5% 401(K) match with no waiting period;
    • life insurance;
    • commuter benefits;
    • flexible work arrangements;
    • discretionary annual bonus (dependent on company performance);
    • and 12 weeks paid parental leave.
  • We’re a social bunch and have a variety of interest groups.
  • We have a great office in a super convenient location downtown! Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we are currently working remotely but hope that will change during the course of next year.

How to apply
We use a great platform called Applied to reduce bias in the recruitment process. You will need to answer a few work-based questions which will be anonymously marked by members of our team. Our selection is based on performance in these questions, rather than looking at your CV.

Candidates with the top scoring answers will be invited to a structured interview where you get to meet some of the team. At the interview stage you will be asked questions that reflect the role and also to complete a work-based task, so you have the chance to demonstrate your skills. It’s at this stage we first see your CV. We always give all applicants feedback, no matter what stage your application reaches.

Start your BIT journey here and apply now!

To learn more about what it’s like working at BIT, check out this handy FAQ sheet and feel free to make suggestions:

BIT is partially owned by our employees. We strive to provide a supportive work environment where you can develop your skills and knowledge in this fast-evolving field. We offer flexible working arrangements and other policies to support the health and wellbeing of everyone on the team.

The Behavioral Insights Team is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Some of the personal data you provide to Applied when you apply for a role with The Behavioral Insights Team will be passed on to The Behavioral Insights Team for the purposes of (a) reviewing your application; (b) inviting you for interview; and/or (c) offering you a job and getting you set up as an employee/contractor. For full details on how BIT collects and uses your personal data please visit our website –

If your application is not successful, any personal data provided to us by Applied (including any personal data relating to equal opportunities monitoring as set out above) will be retained by The Behavioral Insights Team for no longer than 6 months after the application deadline has passed (other than in exceptional circumstances where we may need to retain your personal data for longer), at which point your personal data will be securely deleted. We only keep your information for that period in order to allow us to comply with relevant legal obligations.

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