The Senior Research Associate will develop, manage, and execute a portfolio of child welfare research and consulting projects across Action Research’s policy areas; s/he/they will write proposals and study designs; perform quantitative and qualitative data analysis; represent Action Research to clients and the public; communicate findings to stakeholders; write reports; supervise, support and train a talented staff; and ensure high-quality work that furthers our mission.
The Senior Research Associate will work closely with the Managing Partner and research team to:
• Develop and serve as principal investigator on a range of child welfare research and analysis projects;
• Author reports for government partners and funders;
• Analyze large administrative databases using SQL, SPSS, Stata and other programs, including generating statistical models and geographic displays of data;
• Present findings of research, evaluation, and policy analysis to diverse audiences;
• Develop, support and train research team on applied research methods;
• Manage IRB submissions for research involving human subjects;
• Write research proposals and undertake business development; and
• Implement initiatives to build on organizational infrastructure.
Candidates must possess the following qualifications:
• A PhD in sociology, economics, political science, public policy, social work research, or a related field and at least four years of relevant experience. Candidates with Master’s degrees in relevant fields will also be considered and are expected to have additional experience.
• Skilled in administrative data analysis and command line programming using SPSS (preferred), SAS, Stata, R and/or related programs, including ability to use or quickly learn SQL for data extraction;
• Knowledge of and experience with quantitative and qualitative research designs and analytic methods;
• Knowledge of research and policy in child welfare, social services, youth development, homelessness, public policy, and/or related fields;
• Commitment to social justice and equitable policies and programs;
• Demonstrated success applying for, receiving, and managing research grants;
• Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively in a team;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to convey complex research findings to broader audiences, and to develop clear, visually compelling reports for government, nonprofit, and private sector partners;
• Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to create and maintain working relationships with government and other partners; and
• A commitment to a collegial workplace.
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