Behavioral Economist/ Senior Consultant

Position Summary

Are you finicky about tactics? Do you sweat the details? Are you a proactive team player with a strong desire to find root causes and address national issues. The Behavioral Economist provides technical and scientific support to cross-functional teams as an SME on economic and behavioral issues. The ideal candidate has research experience in topics such as behavioral economics, program evaluation, causal experiments and applied econometrics, including spatial econometrics. We are looking for candidates who embrace hard work and enjoy moving people.

Location: Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia.

Work you’ll do:

In your role, you will be responsible for:

  • Act as an internal consultant to help business leaders apply behavioral economics to better generate target population insights

  • Apply research models to current business problems

  • Assist client leaders to better identify opportunities where behavioral economics can be leveraged

  • Assist Motivf in developing behavioral science as a core competency

  • Contribute to survey and research planes, including: publication bias; p-hacking; pre-analysis plans; selective reporting; reporting guidelines; reproducibility — and stay up-to-date on relevant research and policy developments

  • Develop training materials and presentations to evangelize behavioral economics in the organization

  • Utilize established mathematical and scientific techniques to compile and analyze data and findings.

  • Suggest changes in outreach design based on metrics and findings, and contribute to program performance narratives.

  • Develop expertise in client’s outreach and behavior change models (EPPM: Extended Parallel Process Model, SCT: Social Cognitive Theory, SEM: Social Ecological Model, and SoC: Stages of Change Model).

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters in behavioral science field, such as psychology, social science, consumer behavior, or behavioral economics.

  • 3+ years related work experience

  • Experience in one or more core industry sectors, preferable government

  • World-class written and oral communication skills with ability to synthesize complex information and communicate it in an engaging way

  • Ability to engage effectively with a wide range of people, including senior executives, practitioners, researchers, and consumers

  • Capable of balancing priorities of simultaneous projects and demands

  • Experience working in multi-cultural/multi-group settings

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spanish language, native or bilingual proficiency

  • Experience with geospatial risk analysis and tools

  • Self-direction, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines

  • Strong skills in short-term planning, analysis, problem-anticipation and -solving, and customer service; ability to independently investigate solutions to challenges and anticipate leadership needs.

  • Well-organized, with strong administrative skills and outstanding attention to detail.

  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse constituencies.

  • Ability to remain flexible and able to adapt to change.


Position Location:

Washington, DC