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February 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024

Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


JOE ID Number: 2024-01_111473863
Date Posted: 04/03/2024
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Methodologist
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Richmond, Virginia, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
C4 -- Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics
C1 -- Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
H0 -- General
H1 -- Structure and Scope of Government
H7 -- State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
Public Policy Research
Program and Policy Evaluation
Salary Range: $105,000 to $130,000+
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Methodologist—starting salary $105,000 to $130,000+ with upward potential

Job Role
As the Chief Methodologist at the Virginia General Assembly’s research and oversight agency, JLARC, you will consult and advise research teams on technical aspects of research, ensuring rigor, objectivity, and quality. You will meticulously review the research design and analysis approach for 5 to 8 major research projects each year. You will periodically do complex quantitative analyses yourself and guide analysts doing complex analysis of their own. You will interact regularly with all JLARC analysts, providing one-on-one and group training to enhance their research skills. As a member of JLARC's internal quality assurance team, you will help ensure our findings are well supported by evidence and that analysis results are accurately interpreted.

Primary Job Responsibilities
• Consult and advise study teams on research design, ensuring the most appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodologies are used;
• Serve as a member of JLARC’s internal quality assurance team, reviewing progress at multiple points in every study;
• Conduct complex quantitative analyses using appropriate statistical software;
• Review survey design, develop sampling plans, and advise on survey administration;
• Train and coach JLARC analysts as needed to strengthen their research skills; and
• Conduct quick turnaround, complex reviews of fiscal or racial impacts of proposed legislation during the legislative session.

• Advanced degree in research methods, economics, public policy, program evaluation, statistics, data science, or other quantitative social science discipline;
• At least five years of applied research experience in a policy-related area;
• Superior technical competence in research design, statistical modeling, and causal inference;
• Experience with survey design, sampling, and administration;
• Expert-level data analysis and data management skills, including working with very large data sets;
• Expert-level knowledge of statistical analysis software such as Stata or SAS; and
• Highly effective interpersonal skills.

• 10+ years experience in similar or identical role; and
• Experience mentoring and training less experienced researchers.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) is a highly respected agency that has been providing nonpartisan program evaluation for the Virginia General Assembly for 50 years. We were recognized in 2020 by the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society for our organizational excellence. You can learn about our agency and the impact we have had improving state government on our website.

JLARC’s success is based on a highly collegial and supportive work environment that prioritizes teamwork. Our core values are integrity, rigor, objectivity, and nonpartisanship. Our skilled staff are driven by our mission to serve the public interest by making government work better.

What We Offer
• Starting salary range of $105,000 to $130,000 (negotiable for very highly qualified applicants), with opportunities for future salary increases for strong performance;
• Good work-life balance, including teleworking two days per week when work demands permit; and
• Comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, paid holidays, leave, and retirement plan.

Richmond, Virginia, the state capital, is known for its beautiful neighborhoods, arts scene, outdoor recreation opportunities, and outstanding dining and breweries. VCU, a major research university and health system, is located downtown. The Blue Ridge mountains, beautiful beaches, and the nation’s capital are each within a two-hour drive.

To Apply
Send a cover letter and resume to and please state "Methodologist" in the subject line.

JLARC is an equal opportunity employer. The position will remain open until filled.

Application Requirements:
  • Application Instructions Below
Application deadline: 07/31/2024
Application Instructions:
To Apply
Send a cover letter and resume to and please state "Methodologist" in the subject line.