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American Institutes for Research: Principal Communication Researcher

Title – Principal Communication Researcher

The American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations founded more than 60 years ago, conducts and applies the best behavioral and social science research to improve people’s lives, especially the disadvantaged. Within AIR’s Policy, Practice, and Systems Change (PP&SC) Service Area, we address social challenges in health, education, and workforce solutions across the U.S. and abroad. 

In the health area, AIR’s work promotes health (physical, social, emotional and mental); prevents illness, injury, and violence; and provides better and more efficient health care. Our work in education addresses all areas of teaching and learning from pre-K through higher education in such areas as early childhood education, special education, science, technology, engineering, and math, English language learners, college and career pathways, and so much more. To address workforce challenges, we provide preparation and training and analyze needs in particular industries. All strategies aim to be culturally and linguistically competent.

AIR is seeking a Principal Communication Expert with the background and experience to build and lead efforts both domestically and internationally in building the evidence base for and designing and evaluating major communication and behavior change campaigns, with a primary focus on health and well-being. To the extent that there are opportunities to apply these skills to our education and workforce areas, this person would be the lead in doing so. 

This position will be responsible for leading new business development, and development of strategies and proposals to major federal agencies, states and foundations. He/she will also oversee staff and projects working on large-scale communication and behavior-change projects. AIR is seeking an experienced communications expert, also skillful in new areas of digital communication, and with the ability to conduct the formative research, conceptualize creative strategies to reach key audiences, and to evaluate and assess progress. Prior experience with a similar firm doing business in this marketplace will be an asset. 
 

Responsibilities

• Lead in developing a future vision to grow more AIR work in design, delivery, and evaluation of communication campaigns, with strong theoretical grounding and skills in new digital channels. 
• Cultivate federal agency, state and foundation clients
• Work with staff to conceptualize and write winning proposals
• Oversee and play a role on current projects 
• Design and conduct strategic and effective formative research and design evaluation plans and tools to support communication activities. 
• As necessary, develop research protocols, screeners, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) applications; conduct communication research through focus groups, • In-depth Interviews, surveys, etc. 
• Design and conduct or direct formative research activities to describe segmented audiences and test messages and concepts, including using new online research tools to conduct formative research and usability studies. 
• Based on health communication, behavior change, and/or social marketing theory, design and implement process and outcome evaluation to guide campaigns and communication activities across various projects and in various communication channels. 
• Identify and design metrics and data collection efforts to evaluate the process and impact of multi-channel (including digital) communication activities. 
• Identify and cultivate key partner organizations and consultants for successful bids. 
• Give presentations at national conferences. 
• Publish articles and monographs. 

Qualifications

• PhD with emphasis on communication and behavior-change research and application to improve health and well-being, and other topics. 
• Minimum of 10+ years of experience working in a similar competitive Federal environment. 
• Knowledge and application of current research in effective communication strategies to increase awareness and change behaviors across varied communication channels, including social media. 
• Ability to utilize communication, behavior change, and social marketing theories to guide strategies. 
• Current journal publications.
• Demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial experience to conceptualize a vision and develop strategies to build new bodies of work. 
• Track record of successful business development, including proposal development, for major federal agencies and foundations.
• Proven leadership and interpersonal skills to lead teams. 
• Good skills in project-based technologies that support the work.
• Availability and flexibility to travel nationally. 

 

Application Process  

AIR has retained the services of Insight Executive Search to identify the Principal Communication Expert.   For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt- Director (949) 281-7525 aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

Medstar Health Research Institute: Chief Scientist, Health Services Research

CHIEF SCIENTIST, HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH

MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland-Washington, DC, region, is investing in the development of a significant, nationally impactful health services research program through the MedStar Health Research Institute, intended to achieve excellence in Health Services Research by conducting patient-centered outcomes research that can be applied and disseminated to improve patient health of the general population, including those served by the MedStar Health System.

MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) is seeking a visionary leader and experienced Health Services Researcher to fill a newly developed scientific leadership position.  This position will have the primary responsibility of leading, developing, and continuing to build MHRI's system-wide health services research program at MedStar Health. 

 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Lead the expansion of the existing health services research program in collaboration with MedStar Health Research Institute, MedStar Quality & Safety, MedStar Institute for Innovation, and Georgetown University.
  • Build the health services research extramural funding portfolio both as principal investigator and by mentoring, developing, and recruiting other principal investigators.
  • Effectively work with MedStar Health clinical and administrative leadership to implement the health services research program, and, by virtue of implementations sciences, facilitate the integration of novel programs in the MedStar Health distributed care delivery network, informed by MedStar's health services research program.
  • Lead the development of a nationally recognized applied academic HSR program, via the dissemination of results through a variety of venues including peer-reviewed publications, workshops, and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Lead the establishment and high-trajectory growth of the health services research program by mentoring other investigators in the design, conduct and dissemination of health services research projects
  • Consistently demonstrates support for compliance in the performance of job duties and responsibilities by a) developing and maintaining knowledge of, and performing job functions in compliance with, rules, regulations, policies, and statutes that affect his/her job; b) maintaining knowledge of and performing job functions in compliance with MedStar Health and MedStar Health Research Institute policies and procedures; and c) reporting compliance concerns in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a major healthcare delivery organization, largest in the Washington DC / Baltimore MD region, which serves as an unusually robust natural research laboratory, research network, and data source for Health Services Researchers.  Our single IRB covers all ten hospitals, service lines, population health products, and over 300 care delivery locations. MedStar Health has exceptional data availability through centralized sources such as: A custom-designed clinical data system, purchased by Microsoft in 2006 and maintained now as Caradigm and through an innovation relationship with Cerner.  Furthermore, MedStar has a growing population health initiative with over 140,000 covered lives, enabling research from the perspective if a payor in addition to that of a provider.

 

MedStar Health combines the best aspects of academic medicine, research, innovation and treatments with a complete spectrum of clinical services to advance patient care. MedStar has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training more than 1,100 medical residents annually, and it is the clinical and research partner of Georgetown University. A close association with Georgetown University provides additional research resources and collaborations in the basic and clinical sciences. As a $5 billion, not-for-profit, regional healthcare system based in the Baltimore-Washington region, MedStar Health is one of the largest employers in the region.

 

About MedStar Health Research Institute 

MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) provides scientific research infrastructure and administrative and regulatory support for research programs conducted at MedStar facilities. From basic science and investigator initiated research programs to Phase I-IV clinical trials, MHRI plans and conducts studies that advance medical knowledge and translate research into improved patient care.

The Institute's core services include a biostatistics and epidemiological center, clinical research centers, a research pharmacy, two accredited pre-clinical laboratories, biochemistry and biomarker core laboratories, a core platelet center, a cardiac and vascular pathology center, a genetics/genomics/proteomics research core, a cardiovascular core imaging center, an institutional review board, and an office of research integrity. In the last year, more than 1,000 active studies, involving thousands of patients, resulted in more than 550 peer-reviewed publications. MHRI is in the top 20% of U.S. institutions receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies, with approximately 60% of its studies being federally funded.

We have a history of initiating projects, both in the laboratory and in the field, that serve the needs of medically underserved and disenfranchised groups. Located in one of the most culturally diverse regions of the United States, we serve as a national resource for researchers and policymakers concerned about the health care of ethnic minorities, women, and the disabled. We provide scientific, administrative, and regulatory support for research funded by local, state, and federal government; private foundations; and private industry. MHRI also manages a wide-range of community health programs associated with its translational research programs.

The transformational nature of our research – from bench to bedside to community – complements the key clinical services and teaching programs in MedStar's hospitals and in the diverse communities MedStar serves.  Our research activities continue to lead to successful interventions for larger, system-wide implementation.  Some examples of our success in large scale implementation include MedStar's system-wide interventions around safety event disclosure, root cause analyses, and dissemination.  These interventions have emanated from research efforts conducted on a smaller scale.  We continue to be well-positioned to scale other interventions in a similar manner. 

 

Assets that the HSR Leader may leverage: 

  • Academic Appointment at Georgetown University that is commensurate with the candidate's expertise and track record
  • Access to a cadre of highly reputable, qualified researchers within the MedStar Health Research Institute, MedStar Institute for Innovation, National Center for Human Factors Engineering, MedStar Simulation and Education Lab, the Quality and Safety Department, and other MedStar organizations
  • Access to MedStar Health's administrative, billing, and clinical data generated within one of the largest, most diverse health care delivery systems in the US
  • Access to the full suite of research administrative infrastructure through the MedStar Health Research Institute.
  • Dedicated administrative, statistical, and research support
  • Direct access to MedStar Health system leadership
  • Protected time for leadership activities.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • The desired candidate is an Associate or Full Professor level (or equivalent from non-academic research settings) candidate. 
  • A doctoral degree in a public health or related field (PhD, ScD, DrPH, or equivalent), or a doctoral clinical degree with significant research training and experience (MD, DNSc, etc) with substantial postdoctoral training and experience in public health, health services research, clinical epidemiology or health policy analysis is required. 
  • Experience in dissemination, implementation, and evaluation with a working knowledge of health economics/finance is desired.
  • A track record of success in publishing articles in major research/health services/health policy/medical journals
  • A track record of success in obtaining peer reviewed funding from public and/or private sources
  • Candidates with experience overseeing a team and mentoring young investigators are strongly preferred

MedStar Health Research Institute is an EO employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.

Harder+Company: Senior Research Consultant: Systems Change

Harder+Company: Senior Research Consultant: Systems Change

San Francisco Office

Who We Are Seeking

Harder+Company Community Research seeks a seasoned evaluator/applied researcher with at least 10 years of experience related to systems change and systems evaluation. This position will contribute to our existing body of work helping social sector clients design and evaluate their systems change efforts, and play a key role in expanding our footprint in this field.

Strong Evaluation and Applied Research Skills: You are an experienced evaluator who has had increasing levels of responsibility for designing and leading a wide range of evaluation efforts. You are able to design and implement complex evaluation designs infusing rigorous methodology when appropriate. Your evaluation toolkit includes a broad array of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and you possess exceptional conceptual and analytic skills. You are able to apply your technical skills to multiple content areas, and can help clients and project teams draw connections across those different areas. 

Deep Systems Change Experience: You have deep, hands-on experience helping social sector organizations design and evaluate systems change efforts.  Among other things, this means you have professional experience working with networks and collaborations of organizations, partners, and communities working towards a common purpose aimed at reforming or improving social sector service delivery systems. Through your close partnerships with social sector clients you understand the complexities and challenges of operating multifaceted, dynamic systems.

You apply your deep technical skills to systems change evaluation by identifying the contributions being made at multiple levels, and are able to help participating partners understand their contribution. You are able to adapt traditional and creative evaluation methods in order to determine the approaches most appropriate for assessing systems change.

Collaborative Work Style + Project Leadership: You have experience as a consultant, and know how to guide clients and project teams through complex, large-scale engagements that evolve over time. You are able to hear what clients need and can transform that insight into creative, workable solutions that strengthen client understanding of their own work.

The people you have worked for and with would say you are a valued thought partner who supports mutual and continuous learning. Your colleagues describe you as approachable, respectful and collaborative, and say that you are particularly adept at developing professional relationships and working in teams. You are prepared to negotiate different personalities, complex politics, and above all, remain collected, calm, and confident. You look for innovation and opportunities to leverage new knowledge into your own work and the work of your colleagues. 

Skills + Experience You Bring

The ideal candidate will draw upon skills and experiences in evaluation design, project management, and client communication, including:

  • A Master’s degree or Ph.D. in social sciences or related field
  • At least 10 years of experience designing and leading large-scale, cross-sector systems change evaluation and planning projects. Preferred experience in the areas of early learning, health, mental health, education, and housing.
  • At least 10 years of significant experience managing complex client relationships preferably with philanthropic and state and local government clients.
  • A broad and deep methodological “toolkit” that has proven effective in evaluating complex systems change efforts. This includes experience with formative, summative, and developmental evaluation, as well as creative applications of traditional evaluation qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Outstanding writing and communication skills and ability to communicate with stakeholders at all levels, including a proven ability to describe and present evaluation findings for both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to maintain positive and professional interactions with clients, community partners, community members, and fellow team members.
  • High level of capability bringing cultural humility to all engagements and a proven track record of designing and implementing multiple approaches to data collection with linguistically and/or culturally diverse populations.
  • Ability to anticipate challenges and identify appropriate solutions.
  • Flexibility and an ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

This position will be based in Harder+Company’s San Francisco office and will report to the Vice President of Northern California. Excellent benefits including short- and long- term disability, life insurance, medical, dental, vacation, holiday, and 401k provided. This position is full time with an annual starting salary of $105,000 and commensurate with experience. Harder+Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

Typical physical demands include:

  • Working on a computer for 6 hours, on average, each day
  • Lifting and moving documents and supplies
  • Bending to file and retrieve documents
  • Local and out of state travel (client meetings, data collection, conferences)

More About Harder+Company

Who we are: Harder+Company helps public agencies, foundations, and nonprofits to learn about their impact and sharpen their strategies to advance social change. Since 1986, we have blended sophisticated research methods with real-world insights to help clients better understand their work. Among other things, our consultants conduct rigorous evaluations, guide learning processes, help clients engage community members, and advise clients on strategies for the future. For more information about our firm, visit our website: www.harderco.com.

How we do our work: We use creative, culturally-responsive approaches to engaging communities and building the capacity of our clients and their partners. We engage our clients as partners to ensure that our approaches meet their needs and the needs of their stakeholders. Our dynamic, inclusive consulting approach allows our clients to reflect and develop new strategies over time. Our clients see our engagements as an opportunity to improve and leverage new information to strengthen programs and create lasting systems change.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion: Harder+Company is committed to embracing and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in how we work with clients and with one another. This commitment exists within the broader context of the firm’s beliefs that diversity is essential to our work and equity is central to social change. The company has been a leader in using culturally-based, equity-oriented methods with clients and communities for many years. Within our company, we actively strive to create an environment where open dialogue, fairness, and inclusivity enable staff to do their best work.

 

American Institutes for Research: Health Services: Principal Researcher

American Institutes for Research: Health Services: Principal Researcher

The American Institutes for Research’s (AIR) Research and Evaluation unit is seeking an experienced Principal Researcher to help develop and grow work in research and evaluation, policy analysis, measurement, and performance management, in the areas of health services organization, financing and cost of care, quality of care, quality of life, consumer engagement, health communication, and behavioral health (i.e., substance abuse and mental health). We are seeking an individual who can work in conjunction with a strong team of senior staff; engage in strategic planning; lead efforts to win new work; and carry out this work via designing and leading research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects in the areas of consumer and patient engagement, evidence-based health care, comparative effectiveness, and quality and safety in the delivery of health care.
 

Responsibilities

• Provide technical leadership of research projects including developing research and evaluation designs, providing strategic thinking, and identifying creative solutions to address client needs. 
• Lead business development activities including identifying opportunities and strategic partnerships, cultivating relationships with existing and potential new clients, engaging in strategic outreach around new and existing work, and writing proposals to obtain funding. 
• Manage projects and staff including directing projects, supervising and supporting project team members, and client management. 
• Communicate the results and impact of AIR’s work via participation in professional meetings, advisory panels, or publishing research results in peer-reviewed publications.

 

Qualifications

• Ph.D. or M.D. with 7+ years related experience in health services research or an M.A., M.S., or M.P.H. (or equivalent degree) with 10+ years related experience. M.D. or other clinical expertise strongly preferred. 
• Direct experience with measurement of patient and consumer engagement in health care delivery or health care policy. 
• Technical expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods 
• Success in managing complex, high profile projects to develop quality measures for use on a national scale
• Technical writing expertise and proficiency in communicating with various audiences (e.g., health care providers, purchasers, and consumers). Experience with plain language writing a plus.
• At least 5+ years of demonstrated leadership and management skills, including the ability to lead projects and proposals, provide day-to-day management of complex projects and tasks, interact with clients, and direct and mentor staff members. 
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills.
• Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines. 
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
Truth Initiative: Public Policy and Research Scientist

Public Policy and Research Scientist

CUTTING EDGE PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH

We are focused on high-risk, high-reward research to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use in the United States, particularly among youth and young adults. The Schroeder Institute at Truth Initiative is a multidisciplinary research group focused on reducing the disease burden of tobacco use behavior.

HOW YOU WILL CONTRIBUTE

The Public Policy and Research Scientist's role is to assist Truth Initiative's leadership in conducting and coordinating science and policy-related research to help inform youth and young adult tobacco-related policy and practice. Public policy and research projects may also include areas such as: SI commissioned research studies, knowledge synthesis papers, convening strategic consensus meetings, and comments and other regulatory submissions, mostly but not exclusively at the federal level. In this role, you will lead and participate in internally and existing externally-funded projects, grants and contracts and supervise a team of staff involved in this work. You will provide scientific expertise on tobacco science and policy implications to Truth Initiative and to the broader tobacco control community.

  • Assume administrative responsibilities related to the coordination of Tobacco Policy and Research Science, including the management of outside vendors working on research projects that advance Truth Initiative's policy goals;
  • Supervise a team of staff involved in policy-related projects;
  • Manage relationships with advocacy, legal, policy, and scientific partners;
  • Serve as the lead for internal and external requests related to tobacco science, law, and policy and work closely with other Truth Initiative departments to coordinate efforts;
  • Facilitate strategic efforts to build SI's research in this area; and
  • Perform research to inform the regulation of tobacco products and other areas that align with the organizational mission and goals

WHAT YOU BRING TO US

You should have experience as a research scientist at the equivalent academic level of assistant or associate professor. You should also have experience using scientific evidence in the development of public policy.

You will have a doctorate in public health, economics, health policy, or other social science; have a strong record or demonstrated potential of scholarly research, including content-relevant peer-reviewed publications.

You're an excellent scientist who embraces team science and who can develop an independent line of research that extends the mission of the Schroeder Institute at Truth Initiative.

 COMPENSATION PACKAGE:

Salary is competitive based on experience with EXCELLENT benefits.

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability.

MEF Associates: Senior Research Associate, Early Childhood

MEF Associates- Senior Research Associate, Early Childhood

MEF Associates is a small business offering a full range of evaluation, policy research, and technical assistance services in the areas of income security, employment, training and workforce development, and child and family policy. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, children, and families by building knowledge and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of public policy and programs.

We are seeking a Research Associate/Senior Research Associate to assist in the management of several ongoing research and evaluation projects, primarily using randomized control trials. This work represents a mix of quantitative and qualitative research on projects dealing with issues such as: employment and training, disability, welfare, child support enforcement, and early childhood education. The Research Associate/Senior Research Associate will also be actively involved in business development and securing new projects. This position represents a unique opportunity to join a growing business and to work on a wide variety of policy research and evaluation efforts.

Responsibilities:
The Research Associate/Senior Research Associate will be involved in all stages of projects. Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as project manager for ongoing research and evaluation work
  • Conducting site visits
  • Leading implementation research teams
  • Managing data analysis projects
  • Authoring research reports
  • Designing and implementing surveys and focus groups
  • Identifying new business opportunities and writing proposals

Qualifications:
We are seeking candidates with demonstrated experience working for federal, state, and private clients on an array of social policy issues. Applicants must have extensive experience with writing federal proposals and deep knowledge of the demands of large research and evaluation projects for federal clients. Candidates should have experience that demonstrates progressively increased responsibilities and project management expertise. A PhD in a social science or related field, or a Masters and substantial relevant experience, is strongly preferred.

While the ideal candidate would possess both quantitative and qualitative experience, we will consider candidates with backgrounds that are either primarily quantitative or qualitative. Quantitative experience includes leading quantitative research projects and working with administrative and program data with demonstrated experience conducting statistical analyses of large scale administrative data sets and survey data (e.g., SIPP, CPS, ACS, PSID) and expertise using a statistical programming language (e.g., SAS, R, Stata). Qualitative experience includes designing interview and discussion group protocols, conducting interviews and focus groups, and/or designing surveys. Strong writing and communication skills are essential for all applicants. This job will involve responsibilities for multiple projects at any given time, and requires the ability to multi-task and prioritize a varied workload in a fast-paced environment. Candidates should demonstrate attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills.

Salary and level will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered.

MEF Associates has offices in both Alexandria, VA and Seattle, WA. This position will require occasional travel.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, MEF Associates strongly encourages minorities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply. Legal work authorization required.

HopeLab: Director, Research Operations

HopeLab: Director, Research Operations

SAN FRANCISCO
 
HopeLab combines research, design, and technology to create digital solutions for kids and young adults that drive healthy behaviors and bolster resilience. We strive for sustained and measurable positive impact on the health and well-being of young people.
 
We are looking for a Director of Research Operations to play a key role in the design, management, and execution of applied research projects related to all aspects of HopeLab’s research portfolio. The research that this role supports is central to our product development process: it helps us understand if we are on the right track, identifies what we can optimize, and eventually demonstrates the efficacy of our products and interventions. This role will report to our VP of Research, and is part of our Research, Strategy, and Innovation team (RSI), the heart of what we do at HopeLab.

What’s the job?

    • In collaboration with the VP of Research, design and manage Research Department operations and processes to advance HopeLab’s strategic priorities.
    • Design and manage a range of formative research studies and impact evaluations of technology tools, including mobile apps, websites, SMS messaging programs, and more.
    • In collaboration with multiple project teams, design and implement a wide variety of applied research approaches to guide insight discovery and hypothesis generation, and product design, development, and implementation, including both rapid-cycle and long-term experimental techniques.
    • Identify key research questions and develop impact hypotheses based on defined strategic priorities and review of literature bases such as motivational/positive psychology, behavioral medicine, and population health.
    • Lead all aspects of research studies including study design, instrument development and identification of key psychosocial/behavioral/biological outcome metrics, data collection and management, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, reporting and dissemination, and communication with internal project teams and external partners.
    • Develop research protocols for Institutional Review Board submissions and monitor protocol implementation to ensure compliance with local, state, federal and international regulations and guidelines applicable to HopeLab’s research.
    • Develop partnerships with external experts, researchers, and health care partners and work with them to facilitate, design, and implement mission-aligned research and evaluation projects.
    • Create actionable insights for improving products and programs based on results of internally and externally-driven research.
    • Oversee our technical data management and research infrastructure (e.g. Qualtrics, SalesForce). Select and implement new technologies to support our research.
    • Work with the VP of Research to develop the annual strategic plan and budget; Monitor departmental and project budgets and timelines; Ensure research expenses are incurred in a manner consistent with the strategic plan and budget.
    • Supervise members of Research staff, including Study Coordinators and/or Research Associates; Meet regularly with supervisees to provide guidance and feedback on individual assignments, project team work and professional development.
    • Collaborate with head of People and Culture to hire, train and develop employees, temps and interns.
    • Play a key role in the building of HopeLab’s organizational culture.

What kind of person are we looking for?

    • PhD in the social sciences required (e.g. Psychology, Public Health, Evaluation Science, Health Services Research). 5+ years of post-PhD work experience in an applied research setting preferred. Deep knowledge of behavior change science preferred.
    • Interdisciplinary researcher with expertise in the application of cutting-edge methodological approaches to health-relevant products, processes, and/or outcomes with a demonstrated track record designing and executing a portfolio of research studies.
    • Skilled administrator, team leader and supervisor of junior staff
    • Experience running randomized trials on behavioral health and health care outcomes, ideally with adolescents and young adults (clinical settings a plus). 
    • Experience in traditional and rapid cycle evaluation of digital products beyond the lab (experimentally evaluating services, products, or tools in the field).
    • Experience in conducting prototype testing, usability and user experience testing, and feasibility testing with youth.
    • Experience collaborating in interdisciplinary teams (e.g. technologists, academics, health care practitioners, youth).
    • Experience with research in diverse populations. 
LEAP Innovations: Measurement Associate- Instrumentation

LEAP Innovations: Measurement Associate- Instrumentation

BACKGROUND

Connecting innovation and education to dramatically transform the way students learn, LEAP Innovations® leads the nation in developing and scaling personalized learning practices, technology and innovations in classrooms throughout the US. Located at 1871, Chicago’s premier incubator for technology and entrepreneurship, LEAP is quickly positioning Chicago as the national hub for education innovation. LEAP has also launched the country's first personalized learning framework and survey tools to measure practice in and beyond the classroom. Sponsored by major foundations and donors, LEAP currently works with over 90 schools across the Chicagoland area, improving the lives of thousands of students. LEAP also leads the Learning Assembly, a national network of organizations dedicated to scaling education innovation across the country. Winner of the 2016 Chicago Innovation Award for social innovation, LEAP Innovations is poised to increase our reach and impact by deploying our thought leadership, services and tools across the country.

POSITION

LEAP is seeking a Measurement Associate to join our growing research and evaluation team. LEAP is developing a suite of personalized learning tools both internally and with external partners to provide school leaders and teachers with data to support school personalized learning innovation efforts, to inform professional development choices, and to contribute to the growing evidence base around personalized learning. LEAP considers expanding the evidence base relating personalized learning teacher practices and school structures and policies to outcomes for students a critical part of our growth strategy. Our ideal candidate will have expertise in measure development, data collection and operations, and survey reporting and delivery, as well as survey management and project management. The Measurement Associate will lead several projects (surveys, observations, qualitative, etc.) currently at different stages of development (e.g., design, operations, reporting) and will be an important voice in designing and supporting our overall research agenda. RESPONSIBILTIES • Apply best practices to survey design, operations, and reporting;
• Develop new measurement tools, expanding LEAP’s expertise and capacity;
• Support and contribute to LEAP’s research agenda;
• Author technical reports and user documentation of tools, or manage vendor process for creation, as part of project deliverables;
• Carry out project management activities, including monitoring contract timelines and budgets, supervising the work of junior staff, communicating with senior managers, and communicating with clients as appropriate;
• Collect and manage data for projects;
• Directly support schools and districts with the planning and preparation for survey administration as well as classroom observations;
• Engage in business development activities, including cultivating relationships with existing and potential new survey clients, and managing or writing proposals;
• Support collaboration among team members, both internal and external to LEAP, and contribute to a positive work environment.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

The ideal candidate should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, s/he should have the following:
• Ph.D. degree (with 2-3 years related experience preferred) or M.A., M.S., or equivalent degree with 3-5 years related experience in survey research;
• Demonstrated management skills, including the ability to lead small and medium sized projects and tasks, provide day-to-day management of more complex projects and tasks, and direct and mentor staff members;
• Experience with statistical programming languages (R preferred) and statistical modelling (HLM preferred);
• Knowledge of personalized learning models and relevant research is a plus;
• Experience working in a grant or contract-funded environment highly desirable;
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills;
• Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines;
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
• Acute attention to detail and strong work ethic.

Committee for Children: Senior Research Scientist

Committee for Children: Senior Research Scientist

Department: Programs, Partnerships and Research

Reports To: Director of Programs, Partnerships, and Research

Job Summary

The Senior Research Scientist will be responsible for planning, designing, implementing and managing evaluation projects. The Senior Research Scientist will work with research scientists, both internal and external to the organization, in writing funding proposals, designing studies (including randomized control trial designs), identifying and contracting with evaluation sites, creating instruments and data collection procedures, managing databases, analyzing data (using advanced statistical methods, including hierarchical linear modeling and longitudinal data analytic models), and communicating results via scientific publications and conference presentations. In addition, this position will provide research expertise for curriculum development projects.

Essential Functions

  1. Provides research expertise for product development (40%)
  • Conduct literature reviews and translate current research to be used by product teams in the creation/ revision of products
  • Assist development teams in incorporating research appropriately into products
  • Identify, develop, and manage research consultants and contractors to help with product development
  • Utilize evaluation methodology to iteratively test prototypes of products during the development phase
  1. Plan, design, implement, and manage scientifically rigorous applied research and evaluation studies of our products (25%)
  • Work on various product teams to support gathering of product metrics and inform improvement process
  • Plan and design evaluations of our products
  • Execute evaluation plans including data collection and data analysis
  • Identify, develop, and manage partnerships with contract evaluators if necessary
  • Write reports and detail implications from evaluations of our products
  1. Effectively provides information about CfC programs to a variety of audiences. (20%)
  • Travels on business related to obtaining knowledge for the development of programs or work-related skills, conference presentations, and/or professional development.
  • Provides information or training to clients and other external individuals about the content of our program
  1. Contributes collaboratively with other department members in support of general program development content (10%)
  • Review and provide content for other departments (i.e. Marketing, Communications, International, NMV)
  1. Provide mentorship and leadership to junior research team members. (5%)

Organization Wide Essential Functions

  1. Demonstrate customer service focus.
  2. Develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  3. Maintain regular and predictable attendance of set work schedule.
  4. Perform other tasks as requested by supervisor.

Qualifications

Required Education & Experience:

  • Ph.D. in clinical, social or developmental psychology, education, or related field.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with evaluation research methodologies, database management, measurement and data analysis.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years experience designing and conducting applied research and program evaluation, preferably in the area of prevention.
  • Strong technical writing and communication skills.
  • Experience translating research into interventions or programs.
  • Experience working in and contributing to collaborative research teams.
  • Expert knowledge of prevention research, education research, teacher training, implementation science.
  • A publication record with at least 3 first author publications, preferably in the area of prevention.
  • Ability to develop expertise in new issue areas quickly.
  • Experience developing relationships and partnerships with other organizations.
  • Excellent computer skills are required: Microsoft Office programs, SPSS, HLM, AMOS and other data bases.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team. Candidate must be able to get along with others and have strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be organized, logical, and able to follow directions, and have strong time management skills. Ability to meet deadlines on multiple projects.
  • Must have enthusiasm for learning new skills and accepting challenges.
  • Must be able to maintain detailed, accurate records.

Working Conditions: The information described below represents the physical activities and surroundings one may encounter when performing the duties of this

position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position is in a general office environment with heavy computer use.
  • The noise level in the office environment is quiet to moderate.
  • Incumbent is regularly required to talk and hear.
  • The position requires local travel and occasional out-of-state overnight travel (up to) 20% of the time. Travel may be related to: 1) obtaining knowledge for the development of programs or work-related skills; 2) conference presentations; 3) professional development.
Committee for Children: Director, Research

Committee for Children (CFC): Director, Research:

Department: Research and Impact                                                      

Reports To: VP, Research and Impact                                                          

Job Summary

This position manages and leads the research team in ensuring high-quality research-based CfC products to increase impact on the children and youth they serve. In addition, this role ensures that appropriate tracking is put in place to measure the effectiveness, success, and implementation of our products. This role will provide organizational leadership and strategic guidance on how best to support evaluation and continuous improvement of our products in order to reach greater impact.

Essential Functions

  1. Strategic development and execution (25%)
  • Provide organizational leadership in developing strategic direction for research, evaluation, and measuring product success and impact
  • Develops appropriate outcomes and indicators to help CfC monitor the success of its mission related goals and objectives
  • Supports products by gathering data metrics and informing the continuous improvement process
  • Ensure that product teams use a research based approach to product development
  • Develop strategic external relationships and partnerships to inform and support the research and evaluation work of CfC
  • Establish and maintain information management processes to collect and share information about research, internally and externally
  1. Plan, design, implement, and manage scientifically rigorous applied research and evaluation studies of our products (25%)
  • Identify organizational evaluation needs and develop methodological plans to execute on these evaluations.
  • Work on various product teams to support gathering of product metrics and inform improvement process
  • Identify, develop, and manage partnerships with contract evaluators.
  • Collaborate in developing scientifically rigorous applied research and evaluation funding proposals.
  • Collaborate in writing research reports for sponsoring agencies, public presentations and scientific publications.
  1. Effectively provides information about CfC programs to a variety of audiences. (25%)
  • Travels on business related to obtaining knowledge for the development of programs or work-related skills, conference presentations, and/or professional development.
  • Provides information or training to clients and other external individuals about the content of our program
  1. Manage and supervise the research team (25%)
  • Build and strengthen research team
  • Provide ongoing coaching, feedback, and support to build their capacity to further the mission of the organization
  • Manage workload, allocates resources

Organization Wide Essential Functions                        

  1. Demonstrate customer service focus.
  2. Develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  3. Maintain regular and predictable attendance of set work schedule.
  4. Perform other tasks as requested by supervisor.

 

Qualifications

Required Education & Experience:

  • D. in clinical, social or developmental psychology, education, or related field.
  • Advanced knowledge in translating research into intervention programming.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with evaluation research methodologies, database management, measurement and data analysis.
  • A minimum of 7-10 years experience translating research and/ or designing and conducting applied research and program evaluation, preferably in the area of prevention.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of supervising/ managing staff.
  • Strong technical writing and communication skills.
  • A publication record with at least 3 first author publications, preferably in the area of prevention.
  • A proven track record of obtaining grant funding for research and evaluation projects.
  • Ability to develop expertise in new issue areas quickly.
  • Experience developing relationships and partnerships with other organizations.
  • Excellent computer skills are required:  Microsoft Office programs, SPSS, HLM, AMOS and other data bases.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to think strategically and develop innovative ways to determine success and effectivenss
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.  Candidate must be able to get along with others and have strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be organized, logical, and able to follow directions, and have strong time management skills. Ability to meet deadlines on multiple projects.
  • Must have enthusiasm for learning new skills and accepting challenges.
  • Must be able to maintain detailed, accurate records. 

Working Conditions:  The information described below represents the physical activities and surroundings one may encounter when performing the duties of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position is in a general office environment with heavy computer use.
  • The noise level in the office environment is quiet to moderate.
  • Incumbent is regularly required to talk and hear.
  • The position requires local travel and occasional out-of-state overnight travel (up to) 25% of the time. Travel may be related to: 1) obtaining knowledge for the development of programs or work-related skills; 2) conference presentations; 3) professional development.