Examples of Searches:

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.
American Institutes for Research: Vice President, Education Technology for Teaching and Learning

Vice President, Education Technology for Teaching and Learning

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation to improve lives, especially the disadvantaged. AIR is seeking an outstanding candidate with a national reputation in education technology innovations, one who has been a leader in developing strategy and has demonstrated experience in executing such solutions as networked learning/improvement communities, personalized learning, technology-enabled learning, and other approaches at the national, state, and local levels. 

The person in this role will have major responsibility for leading and shaping AIR’s work nationally in the field of education, specifically in strengthening the capacity of states and districts to improve teaching and learning, apply technology to personalized learning, and develop teachers’ skills and competencies through innovative approaches to professional development. You will contribute to and manage projects that provide training and technical assistance, utilizing technology-enabled approaches in such areas as: special education, English language learners, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

This position will be located in one of the following AIR offices – Washington, DC; Rockville, MD; Chicago, IL; Naperville, IL; San Mateo, CA; Austin, TX; or Waltham, MA. Washington, DC area is preferred.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of the leadership team for the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change (PP&SC) Service Area – the unit within AIR’s Professional Services Division that applies research and evidence to improve lives. This VP will help to shape the vision and pathway for building AIR’s future work in K-12 education innovations. 
  • Create and execute a strategic plan to grow and build new work across the nation, and internationally as opportunities exist.
  • Serve as a thought leader and expert in strengthening Federal, state and district level technical assistance efforts focused on designing and delivering technology-enabled solutions 
  • Work with AIR’s Strategy Office and Practice Area leaders to identify new opportunities, cultivate funding sources, conceptualize approaches, contribute to writing, and conduct critical technical reviews of major proposals and grant applications
  • Oversee a range of projects to ensure high quality performance and client satisfaction. 
  • Set, monitor, and meet financial targets, as well as oversee financial metrics on projects and business development initiatives
  • Hire individual staff members and manage a diverse team of individuals and project teams of approximately 100 staff throughout the US
  • Develop plans, with staff and AIR’s Communications Department, to achieve preeminence for AIR’s applied work in this field through presentations at major conferences, publications, visits with clients, etc.
  • Foster collaboration across Professional Services with a mindset that all efforts are directed at leveraging talent and opportunities on behalf of one AIR for success and growth. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g., Education, Program Administration, Organizational Change, Leadership); PhD preferred.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience, including 5+ years in a leadership/managerial role in a Federal, state, or district setting; foundation; or professional services firm; with a successful track record of leading and implementing an education technology agenda
  • Established networks in the field (federal, state, local government; foundations; and the private sector) with a willingness to draw on, cultivate, and expand relationships on behalf of AIR
  • Familiar with trends and funding opportunities from Federal and state agencies, foundations and corporations. 
  • Strong track record of conceptualizing and writing winning grants and proposals to obtain project funding
  • Ability to manage and support large projects and a large staff (i.e., multi-million annual revenue and ~100 staff in unit)
  • Experience in building SEA and LEA capacity to support technology-enabled learning
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a rapport with and lead mission-driven teams with both internal (staff) members and external (subcontractor and consultant) members
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, the ability to listen and understand concerns, and the ability to communicate clearly with a variety of audiences, both internal and external.

 

American Institutes for Research: Director, AIR Center for Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic
AIR is seeking to hire a senior leader, knowledgeable about substance use disorders, and an expert in evidence-based policies and practices that state and local agencies can implement (across systems of health, mental health, law enforcement, and human services) to address the opioid crisis.

This senior person will lead AIR’s Center for Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic …through Research, Policy, and Practice. She/he will work with AIR staff in building new work that fulfills AIR’s mission to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research to improve lives, especially the disadvantaged. This senior leader will develop and execute a strategy to grow a body of work, building on AIR’s existing foundation in the following areas:
• Provider Interventions, including safe prescribing practices, evidence based treatment (to include Medication Assisted Treatment), recovery supports, and promoting patient and family engagement in the treatment of opioid use disorder;
• Data Analytics and Cross-Sector Solutions
• Communication Campaigns
• School and Community-Based Interventions

The American Institutes for Research is one of the world’s leading and largest non-profit organizations dedicated to conducting and applying the best behavioral and social science research to improve lives, especially the disadvantaged. Founded in 1946, today, AIR addresses major challenges in education, health, and social services. Our work in health spans promotion, prevention, treatment and recovery across the life span. In particular, we focus on issues of mental health and substance use disorders, violence, trauma, HIV and AIDS, and other chronic illnesses. In justice and law enforcement, for example, we have done extensive work on drug courts, youth methoring, and reentry. 

AIR’s methods include those for rigorous research and evaluation, as well as for knowledge translation, design of communication campaigns and extensive work in systems change and capacity building to implement evidence based practices at the state and local levels. Technology solutions support and advance what we do through innovative ways to communicate, provide resources, online learning, and data collection and sharing.

With approximately 2000 staff, AIR’s main office is located in Washington DC, with major satellite offices in San Mateo, CA; Chicago, Ill; Austin, TX; Chapel Hill, NC; Boston, MA; and Atlanta, GA. Many staff work remotely as well. 
 

Responsibilities

Leading AIR’s Center for Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic, this Director will:

• Lead and guide current AIR team in strategy development to pursue new work that can reduce the epidemic.
• Network with Federal leaders and agency staff, as well as with leading state staff, and foundation stakeholders.
• Facilitate Advisory Board meetings to gain input from other leading national experts.
• Lend technical expertise to conceptualize proposal strategies, approach/methods, best talent for staffing, etc. 
• Identify human talent needed to build capacity and network with AIR’s Human Resources Department to find talented people
• Design an overall strategy for preeminence—how AIR’s work will become better known in the country among key audiences. Represent AIR at congressional hearings, key conferences, give presentations, and write seminal thought pieces, monographs or articles. 
 

Qualifications

• MD, DO, PhD or RN grounded in a public health approach to addiction, mental health and substance use disorders. 
• Extensive experience working in a large state, county or municipal agency with overall leadership responsibility to design and implement policies and practices that address the opioid crisis.
• Familiarity with state and local data sets that can inform targeted solutions
• Ideally a clinical or counselling background that demonstrates expertise in addiction medicine.
• Proven track record in setting vision and strategic direction for new work, based on trends, needs, and organization’s strengths.
• Proven track record in writing, winning sizeable proposals to carry out new work.
• Networks with key professional associations, universities, and other organizations striving toward similar goals
• Ability to reach out and engage other organizations and experts in successful partnerships.
MDRC: (Senior) Research Associate- Center for Applied Behavioral Science

MDRC: Center for Applied Behavioral Science 

(Senior) Research Associate Job Description

MDRC invites applications for a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to join its Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) to lead program evaluations. We are looking for candidates who have extensive knowledge of behavioral insights, significant experience applying those insights in field research with government agencies or nonprofit programs, a strong interest in social policy, and a desire to work in small teams to foster social innovation.

MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect low-income populations. The Center for Applied Behavioral Sciences (CABS) combines MDRC’s decades of policy and evaluation expertise with insights from behavioral science. Since launching the first major project to apply a behavioral research lens to human services programs that serve low-income families in the United States, CABS has expanded and developed numerous projects in child support, child welfare, welfare-to-work, workforce development, K-12 education, and higher education.

MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. We design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. We work as an intermediary, bringing together public and private funders to test new policy-relevant ideas, and communicate what we learn to policymakers and practitioners — all with the goal of improving the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and lead rigorous evaluations in the Center for Applied Behavioral Science. This role includes writing analysis plans, leading impact analyses, and writing reports summarizing the methodology and results of our evaluations.
  • Develop ideas for new behavioral projects and topic areas. Identify opportunities for additional evaluation and technical assistance work and build a portfolio of new projects.
  • Develop and manage relationships with government agencies, education institutions, and nonprofit organizations to participate in program evaluation and technical assistance projects.
  • Travel to research sites to observe programs, and collect and analyze quantitative data, to understand choice architecture and behavioral bottlenecks in programs.
  • Design creative and behaviorally informed solutions in partnership with implementing agencies to improve program outcomes.
  • Train internal MDRC staff on applying behavioral insights and conducting research activities.
  • Develop and lead strategies to disseminate results related to MDRC’s behavioral projects to funders, policymakers, practitioners, social scientists, and potential new audiences.
  • Track the latest developments in behavioral science, as well as in the technology and methodology of intervention development and evaluation.
  • Manage project staff, work plans, and budgets.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate-level degree (Ph.D. or master’s degree with relevant research experience) in psychology, economics, sociology, or another social science.
  • Associate candidates: At least five years of experience conducting applied behavioral science research with government or nonprofit programs.
  • Senior Associate candidates: Preferably 7-10 years of experience leading applied behavioral science research, field trials, and/or technical assistance with government or nonprofit programs.
  • Knowledge of and experience with behavioral economics and psychology, social or education policy issues, and human-centered design or other multidisciplinary design discipline.
  • Knowledge of and experience with research design and analytic methods for causal inference. Familiarity with qualitative, mixed-methods, and implementation research a plus.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to conduct research and technical assistance in diverse communities and the ability to relate to program management staff, site staff, community residents, and program clients.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as analytical ability.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, desire to work in a team-oriented environment, and ability to collaborate with many levels of a diverse staff.
  • Strong organizational skills, including an ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet fast-paced deadlines.

The position will be based out of one of MDRC’s offices (New York is preferred). Salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.

MDRC: Survey Unit Director

Survey Unit DirectorJob Description

MDRC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to building reliable evidence about effective education, employment, housing, and social programs that can improve the well-being of low income people, is seeking a dynamic, skilled, and committed professional to join its Survey Unit team as Survey Unit Director and help us develop the strongest data collection strategies for path breaking social program evaluations.

Background

MDRC, founded in 1974, is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. We design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, often using random assignment designs, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. This is an exciting time in MDRC’s history. The Board and staff of MDRC are engaged in a multiyear, organization-wide campaign to expand our expertise in survey methodology and administration, design new types of program interventions (Center for Applied Behavioral Science), analytic tools (Center for Applied Data Science, including predictive analytics), and evaluation methods (rapid cycle testing). We are committed to using the most rigorous and advanced designs and data collection strategies to answer key policy and program questions.

About the MDRC Survey Unit

MDRC has conducted many large-scale federally and foundation funded program evaluations, often involving extensive data collection ranging from hour long surveys of research participants, child assessments and classroom observations, and educational testing to shorter web-based surveys of teachers or program staff. For most of these efforts we aim for response rates of 75 percent or higher. Using procurement processes consistent with Federal Acquisition Regulations, our survey unit identifies and selects survey research and data collection partners who are responsible for formatting instruments, selecting and training interviewers/observers, administering surveys and other instruments, and producing well-documented high-quality data files consistent with MDRC’s standards. The Survey Unit, working with project teams, plays a key role in negotiating performance-based contracts, monitoring progress and performance, identifying bottlenecks and working with the firms to put in place corrective action plans. During 2016-17, MDRC’s Survey Unit oversaw seven survey firms across more than 30 projects totally over $25 million in data collection work.

MDRC also internally administers smaller scale web- and mobile-based surveys as well as innovated data collection efforts such as using app-based interventions. The Survey Unit provides support in the design of these instruments, the technology of administering them, and strategies to achieve required response rates and maintain data security, using the most advanced methodologies and technologies. As an internal support team, the Survey Unit works with a wide array of staff from all fields of MDRC’s work including subject matter experts and technical staff to ensure best practices and high quality of data.

Position Objectives:

The Director of the Survey Unit occupies a unique position at the intersection of rigorous, policy-relevant program evaluations and large-scale, often path breaking data collection efforts. The Director will work with other senior leaders at MDRC to formulate a strategy for bringing strong data collection approaches, new technologies, and cost-effective techniques to some of the highest profile program evaluation efforts in the country. In this role, the director will lead MDRC’s survey unit and staff, which is responsible for identifying, evaluating and developing data collection technologies, selecting survey and data collection partner’s performance, identifying and establishing state of art survey practices and technologies for MDRC’s internally administered surveys, and building staff knowledge about effective data collection strategies. As part of our ongoing efforts for efficiency, the Director will also identify and help implement cost-effective technologies to support data collection activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with Policy Research Evaluation Department (PRED) leaders to anticipate and track upcoming survey and data collection needs.
  • Assess MDRC’s internal needs for cost-effective survey and data collection technology and fielding capabilities. Ability to direct the development of technology-based projects.
  • Develop and put into place methods for projecting and tracking survey and other data collection response rates and costs.
  • Identify and develop relationships with a larger pool of prospective survey and data collection partners.
  • At proposal time, work with PRED teams to plan for internal and outside survey and data collection execution. Oversee development of survey plans, evaluate partner proposals. Review survey budgets. Apply knowledge of the federal procurement guidelines and federal contracting processes.
  • Assign survey staff and consultants to projects; oversee their work.
  • As necessary, work with survey and data collection partner leaders and MDRC staff to address and resolve project problems.
  • Identify and evaluate state of the art technologies that could improve MDRC’s surveys and data collection and share these insights with other staff.
  • Build efficiencies and reduce costs. Streamline the invoicing and budget management process.

Educational Requirements:

  • Advanced Degree in survey methodology, statistics, or the social sciences

Skills and/or Experience Required:

  • 15+ years designing and directing social and policy survey data collection and processing
  • Experience achieving high response rates among hard-to-reach populations
  • Experience with face-to-face, telephone, on-line, and mobile methods
  • Knowledge of the survey research marketplace and the strengths of different providers.
  • Ability to negotiate survey budgets and contract terms, and to resolve points of difference with survey partners.
  • Understanding of survey technology. Knowledge of state of the art practices.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of staff with varied backgrounds and work in a collegial, team-oriented setting.
  • Ability to hire and supervise the work of technical staff.
  • Ability to travel to survey partner offices, research locations, and conferences.
  • Prefer Survey Unit Director to be based in NYC Headquarters.

MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.

INSIGHT POLICY RESEARCH: Associate Director of Education

INSIGHT POLICY RESEARCH

Associate Director of Education

Position Summary

The essential functions of this position include implementing research and evaluation and technical assistance studies, managing quantitative and qualitative data collection, contributing to proposal efforts and other business development activities, communicating with clients, and preparing final reports and briefings. This candidate will work with our Vice-President for Education and Director of Education in helping support and develop the vision and strategic direction of our Education division. Candidates must have a proven history working with federal clients (though work with foundations, states, and districts is also valued). Candidates should have a minimum of 6 years of experience directing large-scale research studies and experience leading and writing successful proposals in response to federal solicitations.

Responsibilities

  • Develop new business through contacts and responses to solicitations
  • Design and direct methodologically robust research and evaluation studies
  • Manage team members and tasks to keep projects on schedule and within budget
  • Mentor junior staff to help them further their skills, knowledge, and experience
  • Ensure accuracy and high quality of deliverables and contribute to the creation of innovative products
  • Collaborate with other senior leadership team members to identify business opportunities

Education

  • Ph.D. in a social science field and 8 years’ experience or master’s degree and 10 years of experience

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to a research and technical assistance agenda
  • Demonstrated ability to win contracts or grants
  • Understanding of national education priorities, education reform, and emerging areas of interest
  • Experience working with education stakeholders at the local, state, and national level
  • Experience directing large-scale research/evaluation projects using rigorous designs such as Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials—SMART, cluster randomized controlled trials, and quasi-experimental designs
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations, student assessments)
  • Experience developing logic models, research questions, and relevant indicators for performance measurement
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in issues related to teacher preparation, teacher effectiveness, teacher quality, college and career readiness, career and technical education, or early childhood and family support
  • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to lead others, work independently, and support the success of the team
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage competing deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-impact reports

Contact

EEO: All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

Insight Policy Research has retained the services of Insight Executive Search to identify the Associate Director of Education. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt

President

Insight Executive Search

(949) 281-7525

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI): Research Director

The Learning Policy Institute 

Position Title: Research Director
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Reports to: President
Application Deadline: Open until filled
WHO WE ARE

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape education policies and improve learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the Institute connects policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the pre-k to grade 12 education system and address the complex realities facing public schools and their communities. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others who care about improving public schools, the Institute advances evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for all children. LPI receives funding from more than a dozen philanthropies, most of which commit multi-year grants. Approximately 50 percent of the organizations funds are for general operating support, providing us significant flexibility in responding to policymakers’ and practitioners needs.

POSITION SUMMARY

LPI seeks an experienced Research Director to join its team of research, policy, and communications staff. In addition to its staff, LPI also has access to the expert advice of nearly three dozen Senior Fellows representing a range of methodologies and substantive areas, and commissions or subcontracts for research support when appropriate. All research goes through an internal and external peer review process.

The ideal candidate will combine an exceptional track record of conducting and managing high-quality research projects and will be conversant with both qualitative and quantitative methods. Ideally, he or she will have knowledge of and experience with research aimed at policy solutions and audiences.

LPI’s research agenda is shaped by policymakers’ needs, our commitment to an equitable education for all, and opportunities to influence policy and practice on a wide scale. The design of our research reflects the specific questions we are addressing and the strength of the existing research base. When solid research is available, we conduct rigorous syntheses.

When secondary data sets are available, we conduct secondary analyses. (We have access to NCES and other data sets in a secure setting). When necessary, we launch original data collection—primarily through interviews, surveys, and/or case studies.

The Palo Alto-based Research Director will oversee research teams in our four focus areas: educator quality, early childhood education, deeper learning, and equitable access. Reporting to the President of the organization, the Research Director will manage and mentor research and project staff, providing direction and ensuring the rigor and quality of all work. In
collaboration with LPI’s President, Executive Director, and research managers, the Research Director will oversee the work of project leads with respect to research design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. He or she should be skilled at supervising and mentoring teams of researchers and should also work well as a member of a team. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the research teams, relevant communications and policy staff, and the leadership team. The successful candidate also will work well with external organizations.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Doctoral degree in the social or behavioral sciences with at least 10 years of post-doctoral research experience
  • Demonstrated experience conducting and managing multi-method research studies
  • A track record of scholarly publications, preferably in one or more of our four focus areas: educator quality, early childhood education, deeper learning, or equitable access
  • Strong methodological skills (both quantitative and qualitative)
  • Experience conducting policy-oriented research and communicating it to policy audiences
  • Knowledge of and experience working in state and/or federal education policy arenas
  • Passion for and commitment to LPI’s mission
  • A strong knowledge of k-12 education issues and existing relationships in the field
  • Excellent and persuasive written and oral communication skills
  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Ability and willingness to work productively in a fast-paced and often demanding environment, with deadlines

In addition to these basic qualifications, the ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to the importance of developing data and empirical analyses to inform public policymakers and other stakeholders, and a strong desire to produce research results that are highly relevant to public policy debates, and credible to and understandable by a non-technical audience, as well as research peers.


The ideal candidate will also have leadership stature in a relevant applied area of research, as recognized by authorities in the field, and the technical ability, knowledge and temperament required to recruit, mentor and lead a multidisciplinary research staff of high quality and dedication, including the leadership qualities necessary to provide guidance and constructive criticism in ways that reinforce rigorous quality standards and motivate professional growth.

APPLICATION PROCESS

LPI has retained the services of Insight Executive Search to identify the Research Director. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt, President
Insight Executive Search
aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com
(949) 281-7525

The Learning Policy Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.