About Urban

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Urban provides a dynamic learning environment with a long tradition of independence, autonomy, and innovation. We offer ample paid time off, a generous employer contribution to your retirement plan, and telework, among other benefits; nine affinity groups to connect with others with shared interests and identities; and professional development in an array of topics.

Why Urban
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Why Urban?
Because you believe facts matter.  


All of us at the Urban Institute are committed to doing work that creates a more just and equitable society. Whether you’re a researcher or events coordinator, fundraiser or project manager, your efforts will help cultivate upward mobility and equity in communities and unlock inclusive economic growth, so more people can have a fair shot at achieving their vision of success.  

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What We Value

At Urban, you’ll be encouraged to reach your potential in our entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative community. Our team of approximately 600 strives to create a working environment defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity. Underpinning these values is a passion to contribute to meaningful social change through facts and evidence. 

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Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

We are committed to being an inclusive workplace where every Urban employee feels respected, heard, engaged, and valued. We embrace diverse perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and talents, which we believe bolster the authenticity and relevance of our work. At Urban, you’ll have various opportunities to find support and camaraderie, and to contribute to our ongoing effort to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community. 

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Our Commitment to Our Staff

We believe having a balanced work and personal life is critical to our employees’ well-being. As part of the Urban team, you’ll have access to a competitive benefits package that supports your physical, emotional, and financial health; continuing education opportunities that advance your professional development; and a transparent pathway for professional growth.

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Stay tuned for information about our forthcoming apprenticeship program.