Associate Advisor - BIT U.S.

The Behavioural Insights Team

  • Closing: 10:43am, 13th Jan 2022 EST

Job Description

  • Full-time

  • Flexible working options: flexible start and finish times, work-from-home, 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 and experience. 

  • Based in Brooklyn, NY or Washington, DC

  • Important note: BIT complies with all relevant laws and regulations regarding COVID protocols and vaccination.

Are you looking for a new challenge and want to join a successful and growing organization dedicated to creating social impact? Do you have a passion for public policy and behavioral science? If so, we want to hear from you.

What does an Associate Advisor (AA) do?

Some of your typical daily tasks may include...

  • Developing interventions and trials 

    • applying concepts from behavioral science to the design of communications, processes, programs, and policies 

    • assisting in the design of field experiments, including power and sample size calculations, developing plans for data collection, cleaning, and analysis

  • Research and analysis 

    • helping the team conduct mixed-methods field and desk research

    • conducting statistical and qualitative analysis

    • contributing to the synthesis of mixed-methods research findings

  • Written and oral communication 

    • drafting and editing client-facing notes, reports, and PowerPoint slides

    • preparing workshop materials

    • supporting facilitation of client workshops 

  • Client management support

    • drafting client emails, meeting agendas, and similar products

    • joining client meetings and calls 

  • Work planning and project management

    • proactively keeping tabs on tasks and timelines and communicating about progress and challenges with project colleagues

    • contributing to work planning, progress tracking and reporting

  • Strategic and operational support

    • contribute to proposals and policy notes

    • actively engage in relevant policy agendas by reading widely, attending conferences and events

Note: For all tasks, Associate Advisors 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. 

What makes a great Associate Advisor at BIT?

We are looking for people who understand what we do, share our values, and are keen to learn and develop their expertise. We are looking for candidates with the skills listed below. We expect to provide training and development support in some of these areas, so you do not need to have all these characteristics to be hired. 

  • Behavioral science: You understand and can explain and apply central concepts (e.g., defaults, loss aversion, and social norms)

  • Public policy: You can see both sides of an argument, and you think about what makes some policies, programs and services effective and others impractical.

  • Evaluation: You have a solid baseline understanding of causal research, statistical inference and/or mixed-methods program evaluation. You can develop or contribute to the design of mixed-methods evaluations (including, but not limited to, randomized controlled trials, qualitative research, user testing, etc).

  • Clear and effective communications: You can explain complex topics in simple terms, both orally and in writing.

  • Managing and developing yourself at work: You demonstrate high self-awareness and regularly self-reflect. You are aware of the impact that your actions and words have on those around you. You are resilient and accept responsibility for decisions whether they achieve the desired outcome or not.

  • Work habits and project management: You can manage your own time to produce high quality work within a defined timeline and budget.

  • Supporting and developing others: You are supportive and energize people to perform at their best. You care about the success, development and wellbeing of others and are open to meaningful (and sometimes difficult!) conversations.

  • Curiosity, comfort with ambiguity, commitment to social impact: You have wide interests and a willingness to take on a broad range of projects and project tasks. You are comfortable working for a small, new organization and have a relatively high tolerance for ambiguity / change. You are dedicated to achieving social impact through your work. 

  • Professional fluency in French and/or Spanish is a plus.

Who are we and what can we offer you?

The Behavioral 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.

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! 

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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 race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, or because an employee or applicant is a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, 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 - 

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Thu 13th Jan 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Thu 13th Jan 2022