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American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

JOB TITLE: Director, Research  

DIVISION:  Member Services 

REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Member Services

INCUMBENT{S):   Leslie A. Athey 

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this job is to serve our Members, Customers and Co-workers.

SUMMARY:

This is the management position responsible for ensuring ACHE identifies and describes trends  in healthcare management and factors affecting members’ career achievements. This position  also directs the market research activities. 

JOB FUNCTIONS 

  1. Research Activities 30% of Time 
  2. Reviews requests for projects. Obtains clarification from users and designs  research studies. Organizes the conduct of studies. Selects and supervises  statistical consultants. 
  3. Obtains data, writes salient findings and draws conclusions. Analyzes problems  during research phase. Submits material to refereed journals for publication. 
  4. Prepares memos for executive decision-making as well as articles and  monographs for publication based on research findings. Presents oral findings of  research. 
  5. Assists and collaborates with outside researchers. 
  6. Information Dissemination Activities 20% of Time A. Responds to a wide variety of questions from members and the general public. B. Delegates or conducts research and provides answers or referral sources. C. Conducts follow-up to ensure satisfaction.
  7. Supervisory Activities 20% of Time 
  8. Schedules, directs, evaluates and accepts responsibility for the work of one or  more employees. 
  9. Initiates or recommends all personnel actions affecting these employees. 
  10. Ensures personnel keep up to date with plans and developments affecting ACHE  operations.
  11. Management Activities 15% of Time 
  12. Prepares and monitors budget in all supervised areas. Ensures budget objectives  are met. 
  13. Develops and implements objectives. Ensures objectives are met. 
  14. Participates in internal committees as assigned. 
  15. Facilitates communication between management and other staff by conducting  meetings and utilizing other channels as appropriate. 
  16. Provides timely reports to Vice President, Member Services on activities and  progress. 
  17. Liaison Activities 10% of Time 
  18. Represents the organization to external agencies/organizations to assist them in  presentations, conferences, publications, recruitment and promotional activities. 
  19. Provides coverage for Healthcare Executive Career Resource Center. 
  20. Awards Activities 
  21. Publicizes availability of awards. 
  22. Reviews applications for completeness. 
  23. Advises and works with committee members. 
  24. Provides detailed follow up and publicity of the award.


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS 

  • Doctorate degree in health care administration, social science or related field  preferred. 
  • Minimum of five to ten years experience directing significant social surveys.  Supervisory experience preferred. 
  • Experience conducting focus groups and/or qualitative studies such as case  analyses. 
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Must have strong customer service orientation. 
  • Must have strong team orientation. 
  • Must be computer literate. 
  • Ability to use word processing software (Microsoft Word). 
  • Good time management and organizational skills.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS 

  • Must possess sound judgment, discretion and a high degree of professionalism. • Ability to memorize a wide variety and type of information. 
  • Ability to make decisions. 
  • Ability to respond quickly to situations influencing decision making. 
  • Must have regular and predictable attendance. 

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by  the employee occupying the position. In addition, percentages allocated to job functions are subject to change at the supervisor’s discretion. Employees will be required to follow any other  job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor;  subject to reasonable accommodations. 

Updated 04/15 

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply, please contact: 

Aaron Schmidt, President, aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

MEF Associates

Do you get excited about diving deep into data, insights, and research?

Do you aspire to conduct research aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable individuals, children, and families?

Do you like working on collaborative teams to drive social change?

 

The Team

MEF Associates is a well-established social policy research firm specializing in rigorous research that influences and shapes social programs that serve millions of Americans each year.

For the last decade, we have worked at all levels of government and with various non-profits focused on bettering policy related to child and family well-being, workforce development, income security, and early childhood education. We combine diverse work experiences and expertise to deliver meaningful, data-driven solutions.

 

The Culture

Our staff come to MEF because of our ability to make a difference through research. Each one of us brings a unique perspective, diversity of approach, and uncompromising commitment to research excellence. We believe that what we do impacts the effectiveness and efficiency of public policy and programs. Through this work, we realize our mission to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, children, and families. We strive to use inclusive research methods that promote collaboration with the programs and communities with whom we work.

We value a diverse workforce and the benefits that come from research being conducted by individuals with varied backgrounds and life experiences.  As a relatively small firm, we value close collaboration and a supportive work culture. We are committed to the growth and professional development of our staff.

 

The Opportunity

In this role, you will help lead and/or collaborate on housing and employment and training research and evaluation projects. The work you do will likely be comprised of a mix of qualitative and quantitative research, project management, evidence reviews, and working with programs to implement procedures consistent with research methodologies. The role represents a unique opportunity to join a growing business and to work on a wide variety of large-scale policy research and evaluation efforts.

While each project can be vastly different, the work you do could encompass the following responsibilities:

  • Serving as project director, principal investigator, and/or task lead for ongoing research and evaluation work 
  • Managing data analysis projects
  • Leading field research teams and conducting site visits
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Designing and implementing surveys and focus groups
  • Identifying new business opportunities and writing proposals
  • Providing training and technical assistance to federal grantees or employment programs on program evaluation
  • Authoring reports, proposals, and presentations

     

Qualifications

  • A graduate degree in economics, statistics, public policy, or related fields
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects for federal, state, and private clients on an array of social policy issues related to housing and/or employment and training
  • Demonstrated success developing business in these areas with federal, state, and non-profit clients
  • Experience managing and developing research staff
  • Strong existing relationships with relevant federal or state agencies and deep knowledge of the demands of large research and evaluation projects for federal clients
  • Familiarity with experimental and nonexperimental impact study designs
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and verbal communication
  • Effective project management skills with ability to multi-task and prioritize a varied workload in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient in interpersonal skills and collaborating with others in a respectful way
  • Fluency in Spanish, written and verbal is preferred. More generally, MEF recognizes the value in hiring individuals who are bi/multilingual, including native speakers, especially given the diversity of populations served by the programs we study.
  • Ability to travel domestically on occasion as public health conditions permit


MEF is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply. Legal work authorization is required.

MEF Associates has offices in both Alexandria, VA and Seattle, WA.  This position can also be remote.

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt, President

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness.

MANAGING DIRECTOR, DOMESTIC EVALUATION SERVICES

Location: United States

DESCRIPTION:

Managing Director, Domestic Evaluation Services, Social Impact, Remote

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insights Executive Search.

For more information or to apply, please contact: Aaron Schmidt, President, aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area global management consulting firm. We are a leader in evidence building and use and provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, capacity building, and learning services to make tax payer funded programs more effective. Much of our work to date has focused on the international development and humanitarian assistance sector for federal clients such as USAID, the Department of State, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. We are looking to aggressively expand and grow our federal civilian work outside of these three Agencies with a focus on our core capabilities related to evidence building, evidence use, and learning.

We believe Social Impact is a great place to work. We are proud of our diversity and work actively to expand it as a way of improving our employees’ experience, our collective professional breadth and the quality of the work we do. We promote equity and inclusion through our policies and practices and foster a culture of belonging for everyone where differences and authenticity are honored and embraced. We work hard to create opportunities for growth and ensure that our staff are fulfilled and engaged. We believe we are better when we collaborate, learn from one another and have fun while working hard.

Position Description:

SI is seeking a full-time Managing Director who is an experienced, resourceful and entrepreneurial evaluator to build a domestically focused monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) unit that leverages SI’s 25 years of international MEL expertise. The unit will initially focus on evidence building opportunities within DoEd, DOE (Department of Energy), DOI, DOJ, DOL, DOT, EPA, FEMA, HHS, HUD, USDA, VA, though knowledge of other civilian agencies will be an added advantage. The Director will leverage his/her technical expertise and experience in designing and leading research and evaluations to lead proposal development efforts, build extensive relationships with key decision makers in targeted agencies and potential partners, and lead efforts to increase SI’s visibility through representation, communication and thought leadership. This position reports directly to the CEO and initially supervises one full time staff member and short term consultants.

This is a full-time position authorized to be fully remote within the United States.

Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership

  • Lead an independent, agile unit within SI to shape and grow a new line of business in domestic monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Develop and execute a strategy to successfully leverage SI’s vast capabilities and excellent reputation in planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning for international development agencies and bring it to the federal civilian sector.
  • Position Social Impact to be successful in the domestic market with a view to items such as communications, capabilities, partnerships, etc.
  • Pay close attention to how SI can be cost competitive in this new market. Work with the CEO and other senior leaders to develop strategies to strengthen cost competitiveness.
  • Oversee multiple concurrent initiatives and projects in the federal civilian sector.

Capture and Proposal Leadership:

  • Proactively identify and qualify new business opportunities related to monitoring, evaluation and learning, with a focus on priority agencies.
  • Lead the full cycle proposal development process for federal civilian bids and make significant contributions to conceptualizing and writing bids, including monitoring, evaluation and learning technical approaches.
  • Provide guidance, mentoring, and QA/QC to the proposal manager and consultants who may serve in various proposal development roles.
  • Lead efforts to identify and lock in necessary partners and project Key Personnel.

People Management

  • Lead a small and agile team consisting initially of a proposal manager and short term consultants. The size of the team is expected to grow as the unit generates new business.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and supervision for this team. Create an entrepreneurial, can do attitude among the team.

Marketing, Relationship Building and Representation

  • Develop relationships with GS-13+ levels across all targeted agencies.
  • Establish relationships with organizations and individuals who can increase SI’s chances of success. These include organizations with complementary capabilities that can serve as partners, individuals who can be named in Key Personnel roles, etc.
  • Participate in industry groups, conferences, webinars and other fora to represent and promote Social Impact’s capabilities. Serve as a direct spokesperson in these fora as well as a liaison to facilitate the participation of SI technical experts in relevant events.


Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree.
  • At least 12 years of relevant technical experience with at least five years of business development and/or capture experience within the federal civilian market.
  • Recent (within the last two years) relationships at one or more of the following agencies: DoEd, DOE (Department of Energy), DOI, DOJ, DOL, DOT, EPA, FEMA, HHS, HUD, USDA, VA,. Relationships at other federal civilian agencies would be an added benefit.
  • Technical expertise in research and evaluation methodologies including experience designing and leading evaluations in a variety of sectors.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial skills, ideally with a track record in growing a new line of business.
  • Experience supervising, coaching and mentoring staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co- workers and clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage multiple complex projects simultaneously and provide advice and guidance in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment and communicate effectively orally and in writing (English written and oral fluency required).
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, entrepreneurial, and management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and independently in a fast-paced, growing business environment.
  • A commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive work and learning environment.
  • Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.


To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com.

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insights Executive Search.

For more information or to apply, please contact: Aaron Schmidt, President, aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Job Title: Associate Director
Department: Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science
Reports to: Director, Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt, President

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

About Us 

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

 

Position Summary

PCORI is conducting a national search for Associate Directors to support our Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science Program. The incumbent must have a proven track record of leadership possessing comprehensive breadth of knowledge in multiple clinical, policy, analytic, and methodologic issues to allow for knowledgeable oversight of the portfolio. In addition, the incumbent must demonstrate mastery of executive-level science leadership skills related to the analysis and prioritization of scientific and related challenges in the solicitation, award, and management of multiple research projects.   

Under the direction of the Program Director, the Associate Director is responsible for leading and supervising a scientific team of Program Officers and Program Associates in the strategic decision-making and high-level planning, management and monitoring of the program portfolio, and a broad array of program activities (e.g., advisory panels, workgroup meetings) that advance PCORI’s research agenda. The incumbent will optimize functional alignment and coherency of their team’s unit to align with an evolving operating model that integrates multiple disciplines, provides clearly defined positions, and creates a collaborative, inclusive culture to ultimately achieve PCORI’s mission. In addition, the Associate Director will actively participate in an ongoing strategic planning effort to update PCORI’s National Priorities and frame the organization’s Research Agenda for the future.  

PCORI’s Scientific Programs focus on comparing patient-centered approaches to improve the equitability, effectiveness, and efficiency of care as well as seek to fill clinical information gaps by producing valid, trustworthy, and useful new evidence comparing the effectiveness of different clinical options.   

 

A cover letter is required for application to this position. 

This position is located in Washington, DC, and is not eligible for full-time remote telework.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Management and General Program Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and mentors a scientific team of professional staff, including Senior Program Officers, Program Officers, and Program Associates to accomplish a broad array of scientific development and oversight functions across the life cycle of extramural research funding in patient outcomes research
  • Assists the Program Director, Program, and Senior leadership in identifying and implementing strategic objectives for the program and PCORI
  • Evaluates the program’s portfolio to ensure balance and to identify need for modification of strategic funding directions and future funding opportunities
  • Provides scientific, professional, and developmental guidance to mentor each team member to foster optimal performance and growth


Portfolio Management:

  • Applies knowledge of clinical care delivery and/or clinical trials to portfolio management activities including PFA development, pre-award reviews, discussions with applicants, and serves as a resource to PCORI staff when clinical expertise is required
  • Develops, with assistance from PCORI staff and external organizations, program-specific funding announcements
  • Actively engages in PCORI’s processes for reviewing and awarding applications received through the funding announcement process
  • Advises awardees on the execution of their contracts; advises potential applicants regarding their applications and the application process
  • Engages in active portfolio management by monitoring awardees’ attainment of contract milestones and overall study progress, conducting site visits, and implementing learning networks or conferences to facilitate shared learning opportunities for relevant stakeholders


Organizational Responsibilities and Contributions:

  • Leads/participates in small teams or working groups to conceptualize research topics, perform or assess systematic reviews of evidence, execute strategic research portfolio management, implement strategic planning, identify emerging initiatives, and facilitate the prioritization of research questions by experts, Board Committees, or advisory panels
  • Represents PCORI publicly regarding program direction, program funding, the application process, and award results
  • Participates in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to maintain and enhance expertise and professional status
  • Keeps Program Director and team apprised of developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to affect program decision-making, strategies, and/or award decision-making
  • Carries out other responsibilities as assigned by PCORI management


Required Skills 

  • Possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and strong leadership experience in mentoring and supervising a scientific team of Program Officers and Program Associates
  • Demonstrate expertise in clinical trial design, and execution and oversight in research methods, which may be reflected by prior success in publishing first-authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrate expertise in clinical research analysis and prioritization of scientific and related challenges in the solicitation, award, and management of multiple research projects
  • Able to manage complex tasks with substantial independent responsibility, balancing multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities, and opportunities to make substantive contributions to the research and program development activities of PCORI
  • Display strong written and verbal communication and oral presentation skills
  • Possess high tolerance for ambiguity
  • Exhibit motivation to support PCORI’s mission and goals; to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals
  • Demonstrate outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management
  • Show sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion, personal maturity, good judgement, and strong work ethic
  • Able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and is responsive and clear with funding announcement applicants
  • Able to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue; to identify major opportunities in a specific area; to see the big picture
  • Able to link organizational goals to individual department missions and activities and able to envision innovative solutions
  • Able to travel, as required, including for site visits, and representing PCORI at external meetings


Required Experience 

  • Doctoral degree plus minimum of seven (7) years of experience is preferred; however, Masters’ degree plus ten (10) years of experience also will be considered, and proven leadership in program and staff management and development
  • Experience in leading and mentoring a scientific team, managing large, complex research programs, funded portfolios, assessing risk and developing recommendations and action plans. Extensive experience working in a funding organization with increasing responsibilities and senior management roles is a plus 
  • Proven leadership for specific area of knowledge in one or more of PCORI’s program areas: Communication and Dissemination Research; Methodological Approaches for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER); Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities; and/or, Maternal Mortality

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Job Title: Associate Director

Department: Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research

Reports to: Program Director

Job Location: 1919 M Street NW, Suite 200 Washington, District of Columbia


This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search.

For more information or to apply for the position, please contact: 

Aaron Schmidt, President

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com


About Us

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.


Position Summary

PCORI is conducting a national search for Associate Directors to support our Science programs. The incumbent must have a proven track record of leadership possessing comprehensive breadth of knowledge in multiple clinical, policy, analytic, and methodologic issues to allow for knowledgeable oversight of the portfolio. In addition, the incumbent must demonstrate mastery of executive-level science leadership skills related to the analysis and prioritization of scientific and related challenges in the solicitation, award, and management of multiple research projects.   

Under the direction of the Program Director, the Associate Director is responsible for leading and supervising a scientific team of Program Officers and Program Associates in the strategic decision-making and high-level planning, management and monitoring of the program portfolio, and a broad array of program activities (e.g., advisory panels, workgroup meetings) that advance PCORI’s research agenda. The incumbent will optimize functional alignment and coherency of their team’s unit to align with an evolving operating model that integrates multiple disciplines, provides clearly defined positions, and creates a collaborative, inclusive culture to ultimately achieve PCORI’s mission. In addition, the Associate Director will actively participate in an ongoing strategic planning effort to update PCORI’s National Priorities and frame the organization’s Research Agenda for the future.  

We are seeking to fill one vacancy under this posting within PCORI’s Scientific Programs that focus on comparing patient-centered approaches to improve the equitability, effectiveness, and efficiency of care as well as seek to fill clinical information gaps by producing valid, trustworthy, and useful new evidence comparing the effectiveness of different clinical options.


Duties and Responsibilities

Management and General Program Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and mentors a scientific team of professional staff, including Senior Program Officers, Program Officers, and Program Associates to accomplish a broad array of scientific development and oversight functions across the life cycle of extramural research funding in patient outcomes research
  • Assists the Program Director, Program, and Senior leadership in identifying and implementing strategic objectives for the program and PCORI
  • Evaluates the program’s portfolio to ensure balance and to identify need for modification of strategic funding directions and future funding opportunities
  • Provides scientific, professional, and developmental guidance to mentor each team member to foster optimal performance and growth


Portfolio Management:

  • Applies knowledge of clinical care delivery and/or clinical trials to portfolio management activities including PFA development, pre-award reviews, discussions with applicants, and serves as a resource to PCORI staff when clinical expertise is required
  • Develops, with assistance from PCORI staff and external organizations, program-specific funding announcements
  • Actively engages in PCORI’s processes for reviewing and awarding applications received through the funding announcement process
  • Advises awardees on the execution of their contracts; advises potential applicants regarding their applications and the application process
  • Engages in active portfolio management by monitoring awardees’ attainment of contract milestones and overall study progress, conducting site visits, and implementing learning networks or conferences to facilitate shared learning opportunities for relevant stakeholders


Organizational Responsibilities and Contributions:

  • Leads/participates in small teams or working groups to conceptualize research topics, perform or assess systematic reviews of evidence, execute strategic research portfolio management, implement strategic planning, identify emerging initiatives, and facilitate the prioritization of research questions by experts, Board Committees, or advisory panels
  • Represents PCORI publicly regarding program direction, program funding, the application process, and award results
  • Participates in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to maintain and enhance expertise and professional status
  • Keeps Program Director and team apprised of developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to affect program decision-making, strategies, and/or award decision-making
  • Carries out other responsibilities as assigned by PCORI management


Incumbent(s) in this position may be required to perform other duties and special assignments not specifically stated above.

Statements outlined in this section are designated as essential job functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Required Skills

  • Possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and strong leadership experience in mentoring and supervising a scientific team of Program Officers and Program Associates
  • Demonstrate expertise in clinical trial design, and execution and oversight in research methods, which may be reflected by prior success in publishing first-authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrate expertise in clinical research analysis and prioritization of scientific and related challenges in the solicitation, award, and management of multiple research projects
  • Able to manage complex tasks with substantial independent responsibility, balancing multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities, and opportunities to make substantive contributions to the research and program development activities of PCORI
  • Display strong written and verbal communication and oral presentation skills
  • Possess high tolerance for ambiguity
  • Exhibit motivation to support PCORI’s mission and goals; to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals
  • Demonstrate outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management
  • Show sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion, personal maturity, good judgement, and strong work ethic
  • Able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and is responsive and clear with funding announcement applicants
  • Able to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue; to identify major opportunities in a specific area; to see the big picture
  • Able to link organizational goals to individual department missions and activities and able to envision innovative solutions
  • Able to travel, as required, including for site visits, and representing PCORI at external meetings

Required Experience 

  • Doctoral degree plus minimum of seven (7) years of experience is preferred; however, Masters’ degree plus ten (10) years of experience also will be considered, and proven leadership in program and staff management and development
  • Experience in leading and mentoring a scientific team, managing large, complex research programs, funded portfolios, assessing risk and developing recommendations and action plans. Extensive experience working in a funding organization with increasing responsibilities and senior management roles is a plus 
  • Proven leadership for specific area of knowledge in one or more of PCORI’s program areas: Health Systems and/or Disparities and Health Equity research


The health and safety of our employees is a top priority. As part of that commitment, PCORI requires all employees, regardless of remote work status, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a prospective and/or new employee at PCORI, you will be required to comply with PCORI’s vaccination policy, report your vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination. Compliance with the policy does allow for exceptions, but those exceptions will only be granted in circumstances related to medical conditions, disabilities, and sincerely held religious beliefs. Continuing with this application indicates your intent to comply with PCORI’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

PCORI conducts background checks on all applicants.

PCORI’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity both internal and external to the workplace. You can learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Job Title: Associate Director

Department: Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science

Reports to: Director, Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt, President

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

 

About Us 

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.


Position Summary

PCORI is conducting a national search for Associate Directors to support our Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science Program. The incumbent must have a proven track record of leadership possessing comprehensive breadth of knowledge in multiple clinical, policy, analytic, and methodologic issues to allow for knowledgeable oversight of the portfolio. In addition, the incumbent must demonstrate mastery of executive-level science leadership skills related to the analysis and prioritization of scientific and related challenges in the solicitation, award, and management of multiple research projects.   

Under the direction of the Program Director, the Associate Director is responsible for leading and supervising a scientific team of Program Officers and Program Associates in the strategic decision-making and high-level planning, management and monitoring of the program portfolio, and a broad array of program activities (e.g., advisory panels, workgroup meetings) that advance PCORI’s research agenda. The incumbent will optimize functional alignment and coherency of their team’s unit to align with an evolving operating model that integrates multiple disciplines, provides clearly defined positions, and creates a collaborative, inclusive culture to ultimately achieve PCORI’s mission. In addition, the Associate Director will actively participate in an ongoing strategic planning effort to update PCORI’s National Priorities and frame the organization’s Research Agenda for the future.  

PCORI’s Scientific Programs focus on comparing patient-centered approaches to improve the equitability, effectiveness, and efficiency of care as well as seek to fill clinical information gaps by producing valid, trustworthy, and useful new evidence comparing the effectiveness of different clinical options.   

A cover letter is required for application to this position. 

This position is located in Washington, DC, and is not eligible for full-time remote telework.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Management and General Program Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and mentors a scientific team of professional staff, including Senior Program Officers, Program Officers, and Program Associates to accomplish a broad array of scientific development and oversight functions across the life cycle of extramural research funding in patient outcomes research
  • Assists the Program Director, Program, and Senior leadership in identifying and implementing strategic objectives for the program and PCORI
  • Evaluates the program’s portfolio to ensure balance and to identify need for modification of strategic funding directions and future funding opportunities
  • Provides scientific, professional, and developmental guidance to mentor each team member to foster optimal performance and growth


Portfolio Management:

  • Applies knowledge of clinical care delivery and/or clinical trials to portfolio management activities including PFA development, pre-award reviews, discussions with applicants, and serves as a resource to PCORI staff when clinical expertise is required
  • Develops, with assistance from PCORI staff and external organizations, program-specific funding announcements
  • Actively engages in PCORI’s processes for reviewing and awarding applications received through the funding announcement process
  • Advises awardees on the execution of their contracts; advises potential applicants regarding their applications and the application process
  • Engages in active portfolio management by monitoring awardees’ attainment of contract milestones and overall study progress, conducting site visits, and implementing learning networks or conferences to facilitate shared learning opportunities for relevant stakeholders


Organizational Responsibilities and Contributions:

  • Leads/participates in small teams or working groups to conceptualize research topics, perform or assess systematic reviews of evidence, execute strategic research portfolio management, implement strategic planning, identify emerging initiatives, and facilitate the prioritization of research questions by experts, Board Committees, or advisory panels
  • Represents PCORI publicly regarding program direction, program funding, the application process, and award results
  • Participates in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to maintain and enhance expertise and professional status
  • Keeps Program Director and team apprised of developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to affect program decision-making, strategies, and/or award decision-making
  • Carries out other responsibilities as assigned by PCORI management


Required Skills 

  • Possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and strong leadership experience in mentoring and supervising a scientific team of Program Officers and Program Associates
  • Demonstrate expertise in clinical trial design, and execution and oversight in research methods, which may be reflected by prior success in publishing first-authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrate expertise in clinical research analysis and prioritization of scientific and related challenges in the solicitation, award, and management of multiple research projects
  • Able to manage complex tasks with substantial independent responsibility, balancing multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities, and opportunities to make substantive contributions to the research and program development activities of PCORI
  • Display strong written and verbal communication and oral presentation skills
  • Possess high tolerance for ambiguity
  • Exhibit motivation to support PCORI’s mission and goals; to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals
  • Demonstrate outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management
  • Show sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion, personal maturity, good judgement, and strong work ethic
  • Able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and is responsive and clear with funding announcement applicants
  • Able to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue; to identify major opportunities in a specific area; to see the big picture
  • Able to link organizational goals to individual department missions and activities and able to envision innovative solutions
  • Able to travel, as required, including for site visits, and representing PCORI at external meetings


Required Experience 

  • Doctoral degree plus minimum of seven (7) years of experience is preferred; however, Masters’ degree plus ten (10) years of experience also will be considered, and proven leadership in program and staff management and development
  • Experience in leading and mentoring a scientific team, managing large, complex research programs, funded portfolios, assessing risk and developing recommendations and action plans. Extensive experience working in a funding organization with increasing responsibilities and senior management roles is a plus 
  • Proven leadership for specific area of knowledge in one or more of PCORI’s program areas: Communication and Dissemination Research; Methodological Approaches for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER); Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities; and/or, Maternal Mortality


PCORI conducts background and credit checks on all applicants.

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity in our workforce.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Job Title: Senior Clinical Program Officer

Department: Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science

Reports to: Associate Director, Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search.  For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt, President

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com


About Us 

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

Position Summary

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is conducting a national search for a Senior Clinical Program Officer to support our Science programs.  The incumbent must have a proven track record of leadership in delivery of clinical care (as MD, DO or its equivalent). For example, experience developing and overseeing a research clinical topic or portfolio. Additionally, demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following PCORI priority areas would be ideal: Communication and Dissemination Research; Methodological Approaches for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER); Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities; and/or, Maternal Mortality. 

The Senior Clinical Program Officer is responsible for strategic decision-making and high-level program planning, management, and monitoring of a program portfolio and program activities (e.g., topic development, advisory panels, workgroup meetings), that advance PCORI’s patient-centered research agenda.  The primary responsibilities include providing intellectual and organizational leadership to shape the science programs research agendas and funding priorities, develop funding announcements, award and manage a diverse portfolio of research awards, and evaluate program activities to further the strategic direction of the program.  This individual will also serve as the subject matter expert to the program in clinical care considerations related to research topics and awards funded within the program.

PCORI’s Scientific Programs focus on comparing patient-centered approaches to improve the equitability, effectiveness, and efficiency of care as well as seek to fill clinical information gaps by producing valid, trustworthy, and useful new evidence comparing the effectiveness of different clinical options. 


Duties and Responsibilities

General Program Responsibilities:

  • Assists Scientific leadership in identifying and implementing strategic objectives for PCORI.
  • Identifies and manages the development and implementation of program funding activities (e.g., requests for proposals).
  • Collaborates with cross cutting business units and departments such as Science, Engagement, Communications and Contracts Management staff in implementing program activities such as PFA development, topic refinement, input into Advisory Panel or Oversight Committee agendas, strategic planning, or other emerging initiatives.
  • Works closely with a team of PCORI staff in managing research awards. 


Portfolio Management:

  • Identifies and manages the design and implementation of activities related to the development of program-specific PCORI funding announcements (e.g., convening workgroup and advisory panels meetings, working with external organizations including government organizations)
  • Develops, with assistance from PCORI staff and external organizations, program-specific PCORI funding announcements.
  • Actively engages in PCORI’s processes for reviewing and awarding applications received through the PCORI funding announcement process.
  • Advises awardees on the execution of their contracts
  • Engages in active portfolio management by monitoring awardees’ attainment of contract milestones and overall study progress, conducting site visits, and implementing learning networks or conferences to facilitate shared learning opportunities for relevant stakeholders.
  • Collaborates with contract management staff to assess status of projects.
  • Evaluates the program’s portfolio to ensure balance and to identify need for modification of strategic funding directions and future funding opportunities for program. 
  • Advises potential applicants regarding their applications and the application process.
  • Leads/participates in small teams or working groups to conceptualize research topics, perform or assess systematic reviews of evidence, strategic research portfolio management, and facilitate the prioritization of research questions by experts or advisory panels.
  • Applies knowledge of clinical care delivery and/or clinical trials conduct to portfolio management activities including PFA development, pre-award reviews and discussions with applicants, and post-award management and serves as a resource for other PCORI staff when clinical expertise is required.

 
Organizational Responsibilities and Contributions:

  • Represents PCORI publicly regarding program direction, program funding, and the application process and award results. 
  • Participates in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to maintain and enhance expertise and professional status.
  • Leads, contributes to, and participates in internal groups and teams and cross-cutting initiatives.  Carries out other responsibilities as assigned by PCORI management.
  • Keeps Program Director and team apprised of developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to affect program decision-making, strategies, and/or award decision-making

 

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated expertise in clinical trial design, execution and oversight and in research methods, which may be reflected by prior success in publishing first-authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals 
  • Preference for topical expertise in the following areas: cancer, mental health, cardiovascular disease, multiple chronic conditions, studies comparing pharmacological therapeutics or surgical interventions 
  • Demonstrated expertise in health systems and/or disparities research preferred, with experience in clinical trial design, execution, and research methods, which may be reflected by prior success in publishing first-authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals 
  • Proven track record of leadership in either delivery of clinical care (clinical training with MD, DO, or equivalent), which may be reflected by clinical training, past work experience, or prior success in publishing first-authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to handle and manage multiple priorities effectively; must be adept at organizing time efficiently; high tolerance for ambiguity; ability to understand and work effectively with PCORI staff members.
  • Able to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue; to identify major opportunities in a specific area; to see the big picture.
  • Strong oral presentation skills.
  • Strong project and people management skills.
  • Personally motivated to support PCORI’s mission and goals; to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management.
  • Sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to make decisions, justify recommendations, and is responsive and clear with funding announcement applicants.
  • Ability to travel, as required, including for site visits and representing PCORI at external meetings.
  • Proficient in the use of technology.
  • Ability to link organizational goals to individual department mission and activities.
  • Ability to envision innovative solutions.


Required Experience:

  • Clinical (MD, DO or its equivalent) plus minimum of seven (7) years of work experience (residency plus post-residency) in a research discipline relevant to patient-centered outcomes research, participating in clinical trials, or serving in a clinical advisory role for such trials.
  • Extensive experience plus proven leadership for specific area of knowledge in one or more of PCORI’s program areas; extensive experience plus proven leadership in a funding research agency/organization; and/or extensive experience and proven leadership in research program and staff management.


PCORI conducts background and credit checks on all applicants.

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity in our workforce.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Location: Washington, DC

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search.  

For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt, President

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

 

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND 

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER). PCORI-funded studies are designed to produce reliable, useful information that will help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, policy makers and others make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. In addition, the organization seeks to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes, by producing and promoting high-integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader healthcare community. 

Comparative clinical effectiveness research compares two or more available healthcare options to determine what works best for which patients and under what circumstances. PCORI supports patient-centered outcomes research, which is CER that focuses not only on traditional clinical outcomes but also on the needs, preferences, and outcomes most important to patients and those who care for them. 

Since its founding in 2010, PCORI has awarded more than $2.8 billion to support over 1,700 projects, including research studies, engagement programs, dissemination and implementation projects, and research infrastructure activities. Among the most studied conditions are mental and behavioral health, cancer, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, and multiple chronic conditions. PCORI strives to reflect the diversity of the United States population and in its project funding, including diverse racial and ethnic groups, individuals with low socioeconomic status, women, older adults, and people with multiple chronic conditions. 

Patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) is central to PCORI’s mission but carries many challenges. PCORnet®, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, is a PCORI-funded initiative that was established with the goal of developing infrastructure to enable patient-centered CER to be conducted faster, more easily, and more efficiently.   PCORnet is a partnership of nine Clinical Research Networks, patient partners, one Health Plan Research Network and a Coordinating Center. PCORnet represents a diverse set of patients, institutions, ranging from academic medical centers to local community health clinics, and geographic settings across the United States.


JOB SUMMARY

PCORI aims to enhance the infrastructure that facilitates patient-centered outcomes research in order to drive lasting health and healthcare transformation. This infrastructure is inclusive of data, technology, and information, the research workforce people, as well as methods and study design for rigorous and reproducible research. 

The Chief of Research Infrastructure (CRI) will develop and lead a team that will deliver on PCORI’s vision of a large, efficient, patient-centered clinical data research infrastructure; execute strategies to advance the methods and study design for patient-centered outcomes research; and lead PCORI’s workforce development initiatives to advance training and knowledge of innovative methods in embedded research, data science, and analysis to improve public capacity for the conduct of large-scale, robust, rapid, and efficient patient-centered outcomes research. 

This critical role will provide continuity and coordination across the PCORnet landscape of clinical research networks (CRNs), coordinating center activities, and ongoing comparative effectiveness and infrastructure development projects or studies, serve in a consultative role across the organization on matters related to analysis of real-world data, data science, and data linkage as well as develop partnerships with federal agencies and other entities for synergistic approaches related to data network/infrastructure programs and  career development programs to support the next generation of patient-centered outcomes researchers.  


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES 

Working closely with the Deputy Executive Director for Patient-Centered Research Programs and across the Programmatic unit, the CRI will play a key role in the overall management, day-to-day and longer-term strategy formulation, budgeting, staffing, training and development, supervision and evaluation for all research infrastructure program activities and staff. With strategic guidance from leaders across PCORI, the Chief will work closely with key PCORI staff to develop and align PCORnet resources to facilitate implementation of PCORI-funded work. This is a senior position requiring leadership, strategic focus, strong staff and program management skills, personal initiative and excellent relationship building skills.

The Research Infrastructure program plays a vital role for helping grow a skilled cadre of PCOR investigators, and supporting research data and technology infrastructure including the PCORnet platform, that allows the conduct of efficient large-scale studies, particularly those focused on topics of high strategic interest for PCORI and its stakeholders.

The Chief will be responsible for the fiscal oversight of an annual operating budget and funding commitments of around $200 million.  They will have direct line reporting from Directors and Associate Directors and/or Senior Program Associates or Advisors and indirect line authority for a staff of approximately 10-15 people.  Work is generally achieved through subordinate level senior managers.


Specific responsibilities include: 

  1. Develop and organize talent within the Research Infrastructure Program and ensure the unit is structured to efficiently support:
  2. the oversight and continuous quality improvement of PCORnet. 
  3. the advancement of data linkages, digital health, technology capacity building, and methods of analysis of real-world data.
  4. workforce development and training initiatives.
  5. rigorous patient-centered outcomes research methods, standards, and study design. 
  6. Exercise careful budgetary and fiscal management for the program


Research Data and Technology Infrastructure

  • Set objectives and strategies in coordination with PCORI leadership for the advancement of PCORnet to support PCORI’s strategic goals and priorities.
  • Lead PCORI’s oversight of PCORnet-related activities; lead and coordinate cross-departmental team in support of PCORnet.
  • Oversee and lead planning of future PCORnet expansion to ensure alignment with PCORI strategic priorities, subject to availability of funds and Board approval.
  • Oversee all informatics-related aspects of all contracted work within PCORnet – to include issues of Common Data Model expansion, completeness and quality; issues related to data linkage between CRNs, and between PCORnet networks and external data sources.
  • Provide strategic oversight for the contracts associated with PCORnet member CRNs and coordinating center functions.
  • Exercise diligent oversight and evaluation of ongoing PCORnet activities and collaborate with members of the PCORnet Steering Committee to continually enhance the performance of the network.
  • Champion efforts to link PCORnet and the Research Infrastructure Program more closely with other sectors of PCORI award programs including work to support greater use of PCORnet resources and services by these entities, and federal partners.
  • Stay at the leading edge of methods in analysis of real-world data, data linkage, and embedded research to serve in a consultative role across the organization. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with leadership counterparts at Federal and private sector research funders to develop and support collaborative initiatives related to data and technology infrastructure, data linkages, and data sharing approaches that align with PCORI’s mission.


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Methods

  • Lead and execute strategies to advance the methods of PCOR through high level oversight of the funding and management of methods-based projects as well as facilitating the adoption of better methods as it relates to patient centered CER through the Methodology Committee and standards.
  • Provide or oversee the provision of expertise in methodology and study design through a consultative role across the organization


Patient-Centered Outcomes Researcher Workforce Development

  • Oversee PCORI’s patient-centered outcomes researcher workforce training and development opportunities through external partnerships with federal agencies and funding and management of projects toward this goal. 
  • Collaboratively promote patient and stakeholder-engaged approaches in funded research infrastructure programs and platforms
  • Provide strategic oversight for workforce training initiatives, including ongoing collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop and disseminate training awards to grow the next generation of learning health system researchers.


QUALIFICATIONS  

  • PhD, MD or equivalent and/or 8 or more years’ experience in bioinformatics, clinical or embedded research or trial design, or health systems research and/or master’s degree with 10 or more years related experience.
  • 5-10+ years of leadership and management experience.
  • Highly seasoned expert in bioinformatics and/or embedded clinical research with known experience and understanding of how to leverage real world data for clinical research.
  • Leader with demonstrated senior-level research experience, knowledge of research programs and full continuum (concept to D&I) and varying designs including qualitative and quantitative, observational and pragmatic studies.
  • Leader with experience integrating engagement of patients and a broad array of stakeholders into research programs and coordination of a research portfolio involving extensive internal and external collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive and manage a complex program with multiple projects over a period of time, seeking and providing consultation, including consultation on technical issues related to analytic use of real-world data at all levels. 
  • Experience managing research programs, funded portfolios, and significant projects including analysis, risk assessment, and development of recommendations. 
  • Experience measuring and reporting on program outcomes and grant application process within a funding agency/organization is preferred.
  • Ability to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue to identify major opportunities in a specific area.
  • Personally motivated to support the PCORI’s mission and goals; to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals while being tolerant of ambiguity and change.
  • Ability to envision innovative solutions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • High energy level, enjoyment of challenges in a fast-paced environment, and a record of self-motivation and personal initiative.
  • Demonstrated maturity and sound judgment, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in staff leadership and management.
  • Demonstrated insight and ability to work constructively with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders and personalities to ensure timely decisions and progress toward stated goals.
  • Experience developing relationships with like organizations in the field
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and leadership counterparts at federal agencies and leaders from health systems and other private entities.
  • Collegial, energetic and able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, awardees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management.
  • Ability to travel as required.

 

Statements outlined in this section are designated as essential job functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history. 

PSE Technical Research Associate


Description

MDRC invites applications for a Technical Research Associate to join its Postsecondary Education (PSE) policy area with experience with public policy research, project & data management, and quantitative analysis. Over the past several decades, PSE has conducted dozens of large-scale randomized control trial (RCT) evaluations of a wide range of higher education interventions, including but not limited to comprehensive support programs, financial aid programs, and developmental education reforms. PSE has also spearheaded the development of world’s largest higher education Restricted Access File (RAF), which contains FERPA de-identified data from more than 25 evaluations. As a PSE Technical Research Associate, you will help lead multidisciplinary teams in a dynamic and challenging environment alongside leading public policy experts.

MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals, families, and children with low incomes. We are committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult social problems facing the nation—from reducing poverty and bolstering economic mobility 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.


Responsibilities
:

  • Overseeing the collection, processing, and analysis of a wide range of quantitative data.
  • Supervising and ensuring the professional development of junior technical staff.
  • Establishing data requirements for new research projects.
  • Negotiating data access and sharing agreements with external organizations. 
  • Ensuring the secure handling and disposition of sensitive data.
  • Developing and maintaining best practices, protocols, and tools (e.g. workflows, R functions, templates) for working with postsecondary data.


Qualifications:

We are looking for solutions-minded candidates with strong academic backgrounds and work experience in quantitative research, data management, or both. The ideal candidate will pair strong interpersonal skills with deep knowledge and enthusiasm for all aspects of policy research data work, from data processing and analysis to data confidentiality and security considerations, to building best practices that enable cross-project efficiencies and learnings. A strong candidate will have: 

  • Five or more years of experience with data management and statistical programming.
  • Experience with the research data lifecycle, from acquisition through disposition.
  • Experience with a data language, such as R (preferred), SQL, or SAS. Training in R is also available.
  • Experience with social policy and quantitative research methods.
  • Experience working with Management Information Systems (MIS) and/or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365.
  • Experience mentoring, coaching, or supervising colleagues or junior staff.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to explain technical topics to nontechnical colleagues and other audiences.
  • Strong attention to detail and time management skills.
  • A master’s or bachelor’s degree in statistics, economics, public policy, computer programming, or another relevant field.


This position is part of a collective bargaining unit under Social Policy Worker

United (SPWU) – Local 57 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal

Employees (AFSCME).

The position is currently remote through September, 2022. The position is ideally based in

MDRC’s New York City, Oakland, Los Angeles, or D.C. office, but location is flexible.

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

Instructions: This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Aaron Schmidt, President at aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com. When submitting your application, please include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Written research and programming sample


Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.
 Please note that the health and safety of our employees and candidates is very important to us and that interviews (when scheduled) will be conducted via video conferencing. As a Federally Contracted employer, MDRC is in full compliance with all applicable regulations including, but not limited to, recent changes that require vaccination of employees of federal contractors. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID-19 vaccinations, unless they have sought and received an exemption from this policy due to a disability or other medical condition, or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Accommodations are granted in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Applicants must submit proof of vaccination or request and submit an applicable request for accommodation during the offer stage.

MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No qualified applicant, employee, intern, volunteer, or apprenticeship trainee will be discriminated against on the basis of his, her, or their race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, national origin (including physical, cultural or linguistic characteristics), marriage to or association with persons of a national origin group, tribal affiliation, membership in or association with an organization identified with or seeking to promote the interests of a national origin group, name that is associated with a national origin group, accent, language use, immigration status, citizenship, possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their lawful presence in the United States, and other definitions under California or other states’ laws, ancestry, creed, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), age, citizenship, veteran and/or military status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, gender transitioning or perceived gender transitioning, marital status or civil partnership/union status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, protected medical leaves (requesting or being approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act) or similar state family medical leave laws, domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law. Legal work authorization is required. To request a reasonable accommodation during any stage of MDRC&’s employment process due to a disability, please contact HRQuestions@mdrc.org.

MDRC’s dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion exceed compliance requirements. We believe that recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce of all backgrounds and perspectives improves the quality and relevance of our research, as well as the daily experiences of our staff. By fostering an equitable culture of inclusivity and belonging, we seek an environment in which staff feel welcomed, valued, and engaged in their work.

About MDRC 

MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect individuals, families, and children with low incomes in the United States. 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.


Research Associate, MDRC Center for Applied Behavioral Science  

MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) invites applications for a Research Associate to lead program evaluations and help programs reimagine their processes and service delivery strategies. MDRC is a nonprofit social and education policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to reduce poverty. MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation. CABS uses behavioral science and design thinking to create equitable solutions that meet people’s needs. We believe that to drive change, people receiving any given service should be engaged in program design. To learn more about CABS, visit https://cabs.mdrc.org/.

We are looking for candidates with strong academic backgrounds and work experience in quantitative research and behavioral science. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of behavioral insights, human-centered design, and equity-based approaches; 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. 


Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead rigorous evaluations and research plans. 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. 
  • Design creative and behaviorally informed solutions in partnership with implementing agencies to improve program outcomes. 
  • Develop and lead strategies to disseminate results related to MDRC’s 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

  • Candidates should have knowledge of research designs; communication, organizational, and analytical skills; the ability to lead and manage research projects involving external partners that include communities served or affected by the research; and interest and experience in explaining, teaching, or mentoring about behavioral science, human-centered design, research methods, and culturally responsive evaluation.
  • Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent with research expertise as evidenced through publications, presentations, and overall body of work.
  • Expertise and experience in applying behavioral insights or design thinking in field-based research.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research with an understanding of the lived experiences of participants, program staff, and research staff.
  • Publications and presentations about behavioral science or human-centered design research on programs and policies.
  • Relationship-driven, effective communicator and leader with strong interpersonal skills, desire to work in a team-oriented environment, and ability to collaborate with research team staff who have varied levels of experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with external constituents, including funders, the research community, policymakers, practitioners, and participants.


What we offer: 

  • Competitive salary and benefits 
  • Medical, vision, and dental coverage
  • Retirement benefits
  • Collaborative culture with career development opportunities
  • Time off perks, including 10 paid holidays


Schedule:
5 days/wk.

Duration: Full-Time

Dress code: Business Casual

Job Code:

FLSA Exemption Status:  Exempt 


The position is open to all MDRC office locations in NY, DC, LA, and Oakland, California. Some on-the-job training is provided. 

If you want to be part of a diverse and multidisciplinary staff in a collaborative environment and values a meaningful career, then we want to work with you! 

Instructions: This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Aaron Schmidt, President at aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com. When submitting your application, please include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Written research and programming sample


Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.
 Please note that the health and safety of our employees and candidates is very important to us and that interviews (when scheduled) will be conducted via video conferencing. As a Federally Contracted employer, MDRC is in full compliance with all applicable regulations including, but not limited to, recent changes that require vaccination of employees of federal contractors. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID-19 vaccinations, unless they have sought and received an exemption from this policy due to a disability or other medical condition, or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Accommodations are granted in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Applicants must submit proof of vaccination or request and submit an applicable request for accommodation during the offer stage.

MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No qualified applicant, employee, intern, volunteer, or apprenticeship trainee will be discriminated against on the basis of his, her, or their race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, national origin (including physical, cultural or linguistic characteristics), marriage to or association with persons of a national origin group, tribal affiliation, membership in or association with an organization identified with or seeking to promote the interests of a national origin group, name that is associated with a national origin group, accent, language use, immigration status, citizenship, possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their lawful presence in the United States, and other definitions under California or other states’ laws, ancestry, creed, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), age, citizenship, veteran and/or military status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, gender transitioning or perceived gender transitioning, marital status or civil partnership/union status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, protected medical leaves (requesting or being approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act) or similar state family medical leave laws, domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law. Legal work authorization is required. To request a reasonable accommodation during any stage of MDRC&’s employment process due to a disability, please contact HRQuestions@mdrc.org.

MDRC’s dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion exceed compliance requirements. We believe that recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce of all backgrounds and perspectives improves the quality and relevance of our research, as well as the daily experiences of our staff. By fostering an equitable culture of inclusivity and belonging, we seek an environment in which staff feel welcomed, valued, and engaged in their work.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

MDRC is seeking a Research Associate to join its Economic Mobility, Housing, and Communities (EMHC) policy area to develop and conduct program evaluations and studies in the areas of occupational skills training, workforce development, career pathways, and work-based learning. The ideal candidate would have deep content knowledge in the research literature, policy environment, and programs and practices related to workforce training operated by community colleges, nonprofit organizations, for-profit providers, and workforce intermediaries. This position is open to qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods researchers, and the individual will work on projects within MDRC’s EMHC policy area and projects housed within MDRC’s Center for Effective Career and Technical Education.

We are looking for PhD-level candidates with strong academic backgrounds in higher education, sociology, public policy, or other related fields. The ideal candidate will have extensive subject area knowledge, an interest in equity-based research and approaches, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to help develop MDRC’s growing body of work in this area. The candidate should also have a significant interest in social policy and in producing and disseminating policy research for non-research audiences, working with government agencies and with education and training providers, including community colleges, non-profits, for-profits, and intermediaries that operate in the workforce development space. An interest in and knowledge of the intersection between workforce development, the future of work, and the growing green economy is also a plus. The ideal candidate will also have experience applying the principles of culturally responsive research or evaluation to new and existing projects.


Responsibilities

  • Conduct research. Work with multidisciplinary teams to design and conduct studies to understand the effects of education and training for individuals and families with low incomes with a focus on occupational skills training, employment, and education programs. Help to develop research plans, including proposals to develop projects for both public and private funders. Conduct research studies and evaluations, including writing analysis plans, leading data collection and analyses, and writing reports summarizing research results.
  • Project leadership and development. Work with multidisciplinary research and technical assistance teams to develop ideas for new projects and topic areas. Identify opportunities for additional evaluation and technical assistance work and build a portfolio of new projects.
  • Team leadership and management. Work collaboratively and in an inclusive manner with colleagues at all levels of the organization to contribute to oversight of project budgets, schedules, and staffing to ensure high-quality project delivery. Contribute to the development of, and build relationships with, government agencies, education institutions, and workforce organizations to participate in program evaluation and technical assistance projects.
  • Dissemination of findings. Improve future policy and program implementation by authoring publications and developing strategies to disseminating findings to relevant audiences. Communicate with funders, policymakers, practitioners, social scientists, and new audiences through conference presentations, publications, and other communications mediums.


Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent with relevant research expertise as evidenced through publications, presentations, and overall body of work.
  • Candidates should have knowledge of research designs; strong communication, organizational, and analytical skills; and the ability to both lead and manage research projects involving external partners that include communities served or affected by the research. They should be a team player with the ability to work creatively and effectively with staff at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with external constituents, including funders, the research community, policymakers, practitioners, and participants.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including the ability to mentor and help develop staff who are earlier in their careers.
  • Willingness to build and establish an inclusive work environment on projects led by the candidate. 
  • Comfortable working in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work independently, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
  • Expertise in qualitative, quantitative, or mixed research methods, including leading original data collection.
  • Background in one of the following areas strongly preferred: workforce training and education, community-college career pathways and technical education, work-based learning. 
  • Strong writing, oral communication, interviewing, and interpersonal skills.


This position is part of a collective bargaining unit under Social Policy Worker United (SPWU) – Local 57 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Location: The position is ideally based in MDRC’s New York City, Los Angeles, or Washington, DC, office. MDRC is also open to remote work and anticipates a hybrid work environment through November 2022, regardless of location.

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt, President

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

Instructions: When submitting your application, please include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Written research 


Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.
 Please note that the health and safety of our employees and candidates is very important to us and that interviews (when scheduled) will be conducted via video conferencing. As a Federally Contracted employer, MDRC is in full compliance with all applicable regulations including, but not limited to, recent changes that require vaccination of employees of federal contractors. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID-19 vaccinations, unless they have sought and received an exemption from this policy due to a disability or other medical condition, or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Accommodations are granted in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Applicants must submit proof of vaccination or request and submit an applicable request for accommodation during the offer stage.

MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No qualified applicant, employee, intern, volunteer, or apprenticeship trainee will be discriminated against on the basis of his, her, or their race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, national origin (including physical, cultural or linguistic characteristics), marriage to or association with persons of a national origin group, tribal affiliation, membership in or association with an organization identified with or seeking to promote the interests of a national origin group, name that is associated with a national origin group, accent, language use, immigration status, citizenship, possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their lawful presence in the United States, and other definitions under California or other states’ laws, ancestry, creed, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), age, citizenship, veteran and/or military status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, gender transitioning or perceived gender transitioning, marital status or civil partnership/union status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, protected medical leaves (requesting or being approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act) or similar state family medical leave laws, domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law. Legal work authorization is required. To request a reasonable accommodation during any stage of MDRC&’s employment process due to a disability, please contact HRQuestions@mdrc.org.

MDRC’s dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion exceed compliance requirements. We believe that recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce of all backgrounds and perspectives improves the quality and relevance of our research, as well as the daily experiences of our staff. By fostering an equitable culture of inclusivity and belonging, we seek an environment in which staff feel welcomed, valued, and engaged in their work.

Job Description

The position description is a guide to the critical duties and essential functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands and work environment conditions.  Position descriptions are reviewed and revised to meet the changing needs of the organization at the sole discretion of management.

Job title: Controller

Department:   Finance

Reports to: Deputy CFO


Position Objective:  

Assist with leading financial improvement and audit readiness activities to achieve funder objectives. Apply knowledge of financial management, accounting, or audit principles to lead teams in a wide variety of review and analyses of business processes, systems, internal controls, and transactions impacting financial statements. Work in a collaborative team environment and interact with internal teams and client leadership on a regular basis to accomplish project objectives. Provide project management expertise to client engagements and project work streams, including analyzing plans and approaches and overseeing project delivery. This position must be familiar with the FAR, OMB, and other grant reporting requirements for proper approval and allocation of expenses and payroll. 


Essential Functions: 

  • Direct the accounting function of the corporation. Decide appropriate accounting treatment of transactions. 
  • Create a reliable and auditable set of books for the corporation that meet Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and any other requirements that the corporation is subject to such as Uniform Guidance, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and agency-specific requirements.
  • Direct monthly closing before established closing deadlines, ensuring that all financial entries and cost allocations are recorded in accordance with GAAP.
  • Review and approve grants and contracts billings. Ensure that revenue is recognized and posted in the proper period in accordance with accounting standards.
  • Responsible for the review and accuracy of the net assets schedule and resolution of discrepancies. Includes ensuring that restricted grants funds are released from restriction when the purpose and time restrictions are met, that MDRC funds are used for authorized purposes only, and that contracts are billed appropriately.
  • Responsible for the preparation of the Form 990 and 990-T and state returns, IRS Form 5500 reporting for the pension and savings plans, and census reporting. Coordinate internal and external review process.
  • Review and approve bank reconciliations and account analyses for asset and liability accounts and ensure that discrepancies are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Manage the preparation and completion of the annual financial statement and OMB A-133/Uniform Guidance audits, pension and saving plan audits, and any contract or grant specific audit. Coordinate with auditors and internal staff.  Prepare or review all schedules, analyses, and narratives for audits. Prepare management responses and corrective action plan for any findings.
  • Prepare cash flow forecasts based on anticipated receipts from grants, contracts, endowment proceeds, etc, and anticipated cash outlays based on current budget projections.
  • Prepare or review the annual Federal Indirect Cost Proposal and coordinate with staff the implementation of new indirect rates on proposals and billings. 
  • Manage the drawdown of funds from a variety of funding agencies.
  • Supervise semi-monthly time collection processing and integration and reconciliation.
  • Direct and recommend process changes, workflow changes, or software system reconfigurations to ensure accurate and timely financial reporting.
  • Protect assets by monitoring, updating, and ensuring adherence to internal controls.
  • Direct, monitor, and maintain the documentation of business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls.


Other duties: 

  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees, planning, monitoring, and appraising job results


Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting 
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certification
  • Public accounting experience a plus


Skills and/or Experience Required:

  • Minimum ten years of experience in related field.
  • Substantial experience with not-for-profit accounting and financial reporting.
  • Strong management experience and ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to set priorities and coordinate multiple tasks.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and time management skills, including ability to work quickly, accurately, and effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency with automated financial systems and financial software applications

 
Physical Demands:

  • Regularly required to speak clearly and hear the spoken word well.
  • Regularly required to physically operate routine office equipment such as telephones, computers, etc.
  • Regularly required to utilize near vision ability to read data and documents, including spreadsheets and reports, in printed form and on computer screens.


Work Environment:

  • Noise level is consistent with levels usually present in an office environment.
  • Hazards present are consistent with those common to an office environment.

The position can be remote or based in MDRC’s New York City, Oakland, Los Angeles, or D.C. office.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits offered.

Instructions: This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Aaron Schmidt, President at aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com. When submitting your application, please include your resume and cover letter. 

Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. Please note that the health and safety of our employees and candidates is very important to us and that interviews (when scheduled) will be conducted via video conferencing. As a Federally Contracted employer, MDRC is in full compliance with all applicable regulations including, but not limited to, recent changes that require vaccination of employees of federal contractors. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID-19 vaccinations, unless they have sought and received an exemption from this policy due to a disability or other medical condition, or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Accommodations are granted in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Applicants must submit proof of vaccination or request and submit an applicable request for accommodation during the offer stage.

MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No qualified applicant, employee, intern, volunteer, or apprenticeship trainee will be discriminated against on the basis of his, her, or their race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, national origin (including physical, cultural or linguistic characteristics), marriage to or association with persons of a national origin group, tribal affiliation, membership in or association with an organization identified with or seeking to promote the interests of a national origin group, name that is associated with a national origin group, accent, language use, immigration status, citizenship, possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their lawful presence in the United States, and other definitions under California or other states’ laws, ancestry, creed, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), age, citizenship, veteran and/or military status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, gender transitioning or perceived gender transitioning, marital status or civil partnership/union status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, protected medical leaves (requesting or being approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act) or similar state family medical leave laws, domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law. Legal work authorization is required. To request a reasonable accommodation during any stage of MDRC&’s employment process due to a disability, please contact HRQuestions@mdrc.org.

MDRC’s dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion exceed compliance requirements. We believe that recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce of all backgrounds and perspectives improves the quality and relevance of our research, as well as the daily experiences of our staff. By fostering an equitable culture of inclusivity and belonging, we seek an environment in which staff feel welcomed, valued, and engaged in their work.

Senior Associate – Equity, Education & Community Change Division (Education portfolio)

Location: Oakland, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid-Level


Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) is seeking a Senior Associate for full-time employment in our Equity, Education & Community Change Division to support our Education portfolio. 
 We are a growing and dynamic research, evaluation, and technical assistance firm located in Oakland, CA.  Currently, we are seeking applications for highly qualified, mid- to senior-level researchers. We are particularly interested in researchers with mixed-methods skills in both quantitative and qualitative research who can contribute to and help build our portfolio of initiatives and programs aimed at education systems change (P-16). 


The Company:
 At SPR, we believe in providing rigorous, high-quality research, evaluation, training and technical assistance to improve the well-being of diverse groups of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.   SPR’s work spans multiple areas of social policy, often focusing on supporting our clients with workforce development, employment training, education, philanthropy, youth development, health, and other human service issues.  Over the past 25 years, SPR has earned national recognition for our work in evaluating the role of philanthropic and public-sector investments in policies and programs designed to improve outcomes for diverse populations across the country. Our clients consistently share an appreciation of the analytic lens and technical rigor that we bring to our work, and our ability to engage real-time data to inform continuous learning and iterative strategy improvements. For more information about SPR, please visit our website at www.spra.com


What we are looking for:  
An Equal Opportunity Employer and federal contractor, SPR is an organization that values a staff with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability and veteran status (EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled).  

All candidates must meet all the following requirements to be considered for this position: 

  • Graduate-level degree in a relevant field, such as public policy, sociology, education, psychology, economics, and other social sciences, with content expertise in education policy, school reform, and/or youth development. Only PhD candidates and Master’s level candidates with demonstrated work experience will be considered. 
  • Expertise in equity-focused education policy and reform, P-16 education systems, youth programs, and/or education-related community change efforts. 
  • Minimum 5 years of direct experience designing and carrying out mixed-methods evaluations using a variety of methods (i.e., interviews, focus groups, ethnographies, site visits, surveys, management of large-scale data sets, and/or administrative data cleaning and analysis). Experience with training, facilitation, or technical assistance a strong plus.   
  • Experience managing project teams and budgets, as well as working for a range of client types (e.g., non-profit, philanthropic, government, etc.) 
  • Ability to bring a culturally responsive, critical race, gender, and equity lens to research and analysis.  
  • Excellent oral and communications skills, with demonstrated experience producing high-quality written products that skillfully present critical analysis, lessons, and strategic recommendations to clients.  


The Position: 
 Senior Associates at SPR have key responsibilities for working within multiple project teams to implement research and evaluation studies and/or technical assistance projects.  Specific duties will vary by previous experience, but may include a mix of the following:  

  • Mixed-methods evaluation and analysis of policy, investments, and/or programs as part of a team. 
  • Design of data collection tools and procedures for utilizing mixed methods such as surveys, administrative or extant data, interviews, and site visits. 
  • Analysis of data from multiple data sources and preparation of evaluation reports, case students, learning papers, or other deliverables for government, foundation, and/or non-profit clients. 
  • Participation in proposal writing and business development. 
  • Facilitation of learning communities or meetings, virtual trainings, and/or technical assistance activities. 
  • Project management of teams and budgets, depending on experience. 
  • Field-facing dissemination, such as presentation of findings at client briefings and/or conferences, blog writing, etc. 
  • Occasional travel to conduct site visits, attend client meetings, or conferences (depending on state and local travel restrictions). 


The Location: 
SPR is conveniently located right on top of the City Center BART station in downtown Oakland. The building plaza has great food options for lunch, and we are just a few blocks away from Chinatown restaurants. Our location in Oakland also allows us to be in close contact with many of the communities we support through our work. Please note that SPR is following all current, applicable state and county health and operating orders, and this position may not have immediate access to the physical SPR office. 


Other Information:
 In this role, you can expect to work in an office environment; occasional lifting up to 40 lbs; frequent telephone usage; extensive computer use; use of office machines; heavy keyboarding. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. SPR offers excellent benefits, including health, dental, vision, and 401k plan. 


How to Apply:  

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search. 

For more information or to apply for the position, please contact: 

Aaron Schmidt, President

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) is seeking a Senior Data Visualization Programmer for full-time employment in our Workforce Development and Human Services Division.  We are a growing and dynamic research, evaluation, and technical assistance firm located in Oakland, CA. Currently, we are seeking applications for a qualified, full-time mid-level researcher to join our team and collectively help carry out evaluations of programs focused on improving employment stability and economic self-sufficiency for low-income populations. 


The Company:
At SPR, we believe in providing rigorous, high quality research, evaluation, training and technical assistance to improve the well-being of diverse groups of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.   SPR’s work spans multiple areas of social policy, often focusing on supporting our clients with workforce development, employment training, education, philanthropy, youth development, health, and other human service issues.  Over the past 25 years, SPR has earned national recognition for our work in evaluating the role of philanthropic and public-sector investments in policies and programs designed to improve outcomes for diverse populations across the country. Our clients consistently share an appreciation of the analytic lens and technical rigor that we bring to our work, and our ability to engage real-time data to inform continuous learning and iterative strategy improvements. For more information about SPR, please visit our website at www.spra.com.


What We Are Looking For:
An Equal Opportunity Employer and federal contractor, SPR is an organization that values a staff with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability and veteran status (EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled).   

All candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for this position:

  • Graduate degree in computer science, data science, mathematics, statistics, or social sciences and 5+ years of work experience; or bachelor’s degree in computer science, data science, mathematics, statistics, or social sciences and 7+ years of work experience.
  • Expertise with programming in R to clean, manage, & analyze data and produce data visualizations. 
  • Experience working with web technologies (R Shiny, HTML, CSS, SCSS etc.)
  • Demonstrated strength in successfully developing and managing large datasets created from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated interests in issue areas relevant to SPR project portfolios.
  • Ability to work professionally and productively within a team context, including excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to manage multiple priorities and deadlines and complete assigned tasks. 
  • Self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented work style, as well as ability to multi-task across multiple projects.
  • Experience in programming and managing data sets in SAS and/or Stata, is a plus. 
  • Experience working in GitHub and/or employing quality assurance practices with reproducibility in mind is a plus
  • Experience working with geospatial data is a plus.
  • Experience accessing data via APIs and web-scraping is a plus.


The Position: 
The Senior Data Visualization Programmer at SPR has key responsibilities for working within multiple project teams to implement research and evaluation studies.  Specific duties will vary by previous experience and research skills, but may include a mix of the following: 

  • Lead the design and development of data visualization products (including web and application-based products)
  • Consult with staff that have ideas and/or questions about how to incorporate data visualizations.
  • Production of infographics, tables or preparation of material to support data analyses.
  • Helping prepare portions of reports and proposals, including both writing and data displays. 
  • Developing reproducible programs for data management tasks.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to other programmers.
  • Leading data-related tasks to support project workplans.
  • Following SPR’s data security protocols, procedures, and Quality Assurance requirements within project tasks.
  • Maintaining version control programs within SPR’s team of research programmers across divisions.
  • Assisting in the collection of quantitative data through data downloads, d data security protocol.
  • Assisting in the administration of paper/online surveys through survey set-up in Alchemer and assistance with survey tracking.


The Location:
SPR is conveniently located right on top of the City Center BART station in downtown Oakland. The building plaza has great food options for lunch, and we are just a few blocks away from Chinatown restaurants. Our location in Oakland also allows us to be in close contact with many of the communities we support through our work. Please note that SPR is following all current, applicable state and county health and operating orders, and this position may not have immediate access to the physical SPR office. Once we resume regular operations, SPR will continue to flexibly offer hybrid at-home/in-office schedules for staff. 


Other Information
: In this role, you can expect to work in an office environment; occasional lifting up to 40 lbs; frequent telephone usage; extensive computer use; use of office machines; heavy keyboarding. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. SPR offers excellent benefits, including health, dental, vision, and 401k plan.


How to Apply:
  This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search.


For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt, President
aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) is seeking a Senior SAS Research Programmer for full-time employment in our Workforce and Human Services Division.  We are a growing and dynamic research, evaluation, and technical assistance firm located in Oakland, CA. Currently, we are seeking applications for a qualified, full-time entry- to mid-level researcher to join our team and collectively help carry out evaluations of programs focused on improving employment stability and economic self-sufficiency for low-income populations. 

The Company: At SPR, we believe in providing rigorous, high quality research, evaluation, training and technical assistance to improve the well-being of diverse groups of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.   SPR’s work spans multiple areas of social policy, often focusing on supporting our clients with workforce development, employment training, education, philanthropy, youth development, health, and other human service issues.  Over the past 25 years, SPR has earned national recognition for our work in evaluating the role of philanthropic and public-sector investments in policies and programs designed to improve outcomes for diverse populations across the country. Our clients consistently share an appreciation of the analytic lens and technical rigor that we bring to our work, and our ability to engage real-time data to inform continuous learning and iterative strategy improvements. For more information about SPR, please visit our website at www.spra.com.  

What We Are Looking For: An Equal Opportunity Employer and federal contractor, SPR is an organization that values a staff with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability and veteran status (EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled).   

All candidates must meet all the following requirements to be considered for this position:

  • Graduate degree in computer science, data science, mathematics, statistics, or social sciences and 5+ years of work experience; or bachelor’s degree in computer science, data science, mathematics, statistics, or social sciences and 7+ years of work experience.
  • Experience in programming and managing data sets in SAS. 
  • Demonstrated strength in successfully developing and managing large datasets created from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated strength in statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrated interests in issue areas relevant to SPR project portfolios.
  • Strong analytic skills and ability to write in clear, accurate, and well‐organized manner for non‐technical audiences.
  • Ability to work professionally and productively within a team context, including excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to manage multiple priorities and deadlines and complete assigned tasks. 
  • Self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented work style, as well as ability to multi-task across multiple projects.
  • Experience working with data visualization software such as R Shiny and Tableau.
  • Experience working in GitHub and/or employing quality assurance practices with reproducibility in mind.
  • Experience with R or Stata is a plus.
  • Experience working with PII data.
  • Experience working with geospatial data is a plus.
  • Experience accessing data via APIs and web-scraping is a plus.

The Position:  The Senior SAS Research Programmer at SPR has key responsibilities for working within multiple project teams to implement research and evaluation studies.  Specific duties will vary by previous experience and research skills, but may include a mix of the following: 

  • Developing and managing data files in various formats and developing public use datasets with associated documentation.
  • Developing programs for statistical analysis.
  • Creating analytic files per project team requests.
  • Developing reproducible programs for data management tasks.
  • Developing skills in programming languages deemed necessary for project data development across SPR projects (SAS, Stata, and/or R).
  • Leading data-related tasks to support project workplans.
  • Following SPR’s data security protocols, procedures, and Quality Assurance requirements within project tasks.
  • Maintaining version control programs within SPR’s team of research programmers across divisions.
  • Helping prepare portions of reports and proposals, including both writing and data displays. 
  • Production of tables or preparation of material to support analyses.
  • Assisting in the collection of quantitative data through data downloads, d data security protocol.
  • Assisting in the administration of paper/online surveys through survey set-up in Alchemer and assistance with survey tracking.

The Location: SPR is conveniently located right on top of the City Center BART station in downtown Oakland. The building plaza has great food options for lunch, and we are just a few blocks away from Chinatown restaurants. Our location in Oakland also allows us to be in close contact with many of the communities we support through our work. Please note that SPR is following all current, applicable state and county health and operating orders, and this position may not have immediate access to the physical SPR office. Once we resume regular operations, SPR will continue to flexibly offer hybrid at-home/in-office schedules for staff. 

Other Information: In this role, you can expect to work in an office environment; occasional lifting up to 40 lbs; frequent telephone usage; extensive computer use; use of office machines; heavy keyboarding. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. SPR offers excellent benefits, including health, dental, vision, and 401k plan.

How to Apply:  This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search.

 For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

 Aaron Schmidt, President

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

Director, Research, Planning & Evaluation

JFM Consulting GroupDetroit MI

Do you want to have an impact on the future of Detroit, the region and beyond?

Let’s explain what we do and what you’d be doing with us.


Who is
JFM?

JFM Consulting Group is a Detroit-based consulting firm that helps businesses, foundations, nonprofits and government agencies create and manage programs focused on creating positive community change. We work across many sectors including community development, public health, education, and the arts. We do four things very well as partners with our clients: (1) develop effective and culturally-responsive strategies, programs and initiatives; (2) gather and analyze data to measure progress and success, and to inform decision-making; (3) identify data driven solutions to create positive social change; and, (4) produce high quality, utilization-focused products and deliverables tailored to target audiences. 


How do we work?

We work in partnership with our clients and their stakeholders.  We begin by getting a clear, shared understanding of the challenges our clients are facing and trying to solve.  Next, we   co-develop an approach that meets client needs through planning, evaluation or other applied research.  Using a range of methods, we support our clients by providing the necessary data to inform key decisions.  In partnership with clients and communities, JFM develops products—strategies, reports, and tools to meet their needs.  Lastly, to better position our clients to continue moving forward when our engagement ends, we integrate capacity building where possible.


What’s it like to work with JFM?

Join us and you’ll have the opportunity to use and grow your passions and skills to develop and measure programs and initiatives impacting Detroit, the region and beyond. The relaxed and congenial atmosphere at JFM is one where collaboration, creativity and independence are highly valued. If you like bureaucracy or need detailed management, it’s likely you won’t be happy here. However, you will be happy if you: are self-directed; love working with a highly competent team; and, want to have an impact on our company, yourself and the organizations and communities that we serve. 


What does this position involve?

The Director, Research, Planning & Evaluation will work closely with all members of the JFM team to undertake a range of tasks, including conceptualizing and designing approaches to research, implementing evaluations, and facilitating planning sessions.  The Director, Research, Planning & Evaluation will serve in an advisory and, at times, team leader capacity to other members of the team, ensuring projects are implemented in a timely fashion while maintaining a consistent, high level of quality.  This person will also work closely with the President to support the implementation of strategies designed to support the development and growth of the firm and will share business development responsibilities.  

Researchers who are excited by the prospect of facilitating learning and capacity building that contribute to measurable community change by working in partnership with JFM’s nonprofit, philanthropic and public sector partners will be a good fit for this role.  Successful candidates are also natural problem solvers with very strong analytical and interpersonal skills. JFM’s successful candidate is comfortable working in diverse communities, has a deep commitment to racial justice, and utilizes a culturally responsive evaluation (and planning) framework in conducting research.   


What We’re Looking For…  

Essential Functions / Roles

  • Lead and provide supervision and support to JFM team in the areas of project conceptualization and design, project management, and quality management
  • Work with diverse individuals and organizations, including a wide-range of clients and community members
  • Utilize strong critical and strategic thinking skills to solve problems
  • Design and facilitate effective and interactive planning processes, listening sessions, collaborative meetings, etc. 
  • Utilize solid qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills, and data visualization to deliver services and products that exceed client expectations 
  • Successfully implement and provide team support and, as needed, team leadership to keep multiple projects on track 
  • Assist in cultivating new business for JFM by developing proposals and supporting the development of new projects
  • Implement priority projects as requested by the President
  • Work with clients to ensure an excellent customer experience


Preferred Qualifications

    • At least 8-10 years of experience in planning, research and/or evaluation
    • Superb written and oral communications skills, including report writing
    • Demonstrated ability to manage projects from conceptualization through timely completion
    • Considerable facilitation experience
    • Passion for understanding client needs and building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships
    • Ability to engage with a broad spectrum of stakeholders… from CEOs to neighborhood leaders
    • Self-starter and self-manager who enjoys a dynamic work environment
    • Master’s degree or higher in research, analytics or social science fields
    • Flexible, and collaborative style that builds trust, collegiality and confidence with and among staff
  • Bonus:  Fluency in a second language would be valuable


Other job-related info

  • This is a full-time position.  We are looking for someone who wants to commit and grow with the firm, and JFM is committed to supporting your growth and development. 
  • Candidates must be currently eligible to work in the United States and not require visa sponsorship.
  • Due to COVID-19, the JFM team is currently working remotely, and will consider remote candidates.  However, due to the nature of our work, and the need to build strong team and client relationships, we would prefer someone who is currently local or willing to relocate.


Benefits

JFM offers health, dental and vision insurance for all team members.  We also offer a Simple IRA with an employer matching contribution, and generous paid time off and parental leave policies. 


Think this is for you?

JFM Consulting Group has retained the services of Insight Executive Search for this role.  For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt, President

Insight Executive Search

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com


JFM is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a team of  q
ualified applicants that reflects diverse backgrounds and perspectives. 

We recognize that diverse teams make the strongest teams, and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

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

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.

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

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.

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 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

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

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

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 (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.

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.
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.

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

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 

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.

Chief Science Officer

Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.
Madison, WI

Healthy Minds Innovations (HMI) is an early-stage non-profit, mission-driven organization led by world-renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson. Our focus is to promote well-being in the world by disseminating tools and services developed through research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. HMI has two goals: (1) Develop and disseminate tools and services based on neuroscientific discoveries so people can develop skills that support well-being for themselves and others, and (2) Generate revenue from these tools and services as a funding source to sustain and expand the research. These tools may be distributed directly to the general public but more likely through partnerships with mission-aligned organizations with well-established infrastructure and pipelines.

Healthy Minds Innovations is seeking an experienced scientist to provide leadership, oversight and ensure scientific integrity of innovative tools and services being developed and disseminated. HMI’s signature product, the Healthy Minds Program, is a scientifically-based program designed to cultivate emotional well-being via both in-person training and scalable, mobile-based delivery. The Chief Science Officer will build and lead a team to integrate mobile measures into the Program, design the ways in which these measures are delivered to individual users and oversee the data collection, data display and visualization, analysis and iteration. The Chief Science Officer will also lead program evaluation and collaborate with scientists at the Center for Healthy Minds and other academic centers on more formal research studies to evaluate the impact of the Program. This role also has an external presence, working with customer organizations, donors and collaborators.

Responsibilities

Leadership

  • Provide scientific leadership on the science of well-being that informs products and services provided by HMI.
  • Work with Founder Richard Davidson on all aspects of this work.
  • Ensure scientific integrity of HMI products and services.
  • Build and lead a mobile measures team.
  • Prepare scientific papers and presentations for industry and academic purposes.
  • Maintain current knowledge in the field of emotional well-being and use of mobile technology and integrate into HMI offerings.
  • Conduct speaking engagements on the science of well-being.
  • Embody HMI’s core values.
  • Collaborate with HMI team, particularly the Healthy Minds Program team.
  • Form good relationships with Center for Healthy Minds scientific staff.
    Collaborate with Chief Development Officer on funding partnerships.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with external stakeholders.

Lead the development of mobile well-being measures that are imbedded into the Healthy Minds Program

  • Create a roadmap for integrating mobile measures and be accountable for meeting milestones.
  • Build a team dedicated to the design, development, validation and usability of mobile measures.
  • Work collaboratively with and support the Lead Scientist dedicated to behavioral/cognitive and passive device-generated measures of well-being.
  • Design metrics related to program evaluation, user experience, and others to ensure commercial success.
  • Work with the Healthy Minds design team to tailor measures to be used in various settings including workplace, healthcare, schools, for both adults and for adolescents.
  • Generate implementation insights that can be scaled across organizations and research studies (e.g., recruitment and implementation methods).

Lead the on-going development of mobile well-being measures

  • Create a roadmap and be accountable for meeting milestones for new measures-related initiatives
  • Build and lead the team.
  • Assist with commercialization plans
  • Meet with potential customers.

Oversee grant to develop mobile measures specifically for adolescents

  • Create a roadmap and meet milestones/deliverables.
  • Develop a strong relationship with the funder.
  • Ensure reporting requirements are met.
  • Build and lead the team.

Lead research and evaluation collaborations using the Healthy Minds Program/Mobile Measures with the Center for Healthy Minds, other academic partnerships and customers

  • Scope research projects with customers and coordinate with CHM to design specific research studies. Manage these research partnerships with customers as they evolve.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Healthy Minds on major research projects utilizing the Healthy Minds Program.
  • Design and lead program evaluation components and use principles of design-based implementation research.

Lead and Provide Oversight to Data Management, Analysis & Reporting

  • Oversee the creation of program operational processes that result in sharable and replicable standards, protocols, procedures, and other appropriate resources.
  • Oversee HMI data management, data sharing between HMI & CHM, and compliance with terms of use and research IRB.
  • Direct data analysis in the service of program improvement and decision-making.
  • Ensure data received by users and organizations is accurate and valid.
  • Manage analytic tools through which customers receive data and reports.

Customer Relationships, Stakeholders and Communication

  • Communicate the value of scientific assessment and research features of the program to potential partners and clients.
  • Assist customers with understanding what they want to measure.
  • Scope research projects with customers and coordinate with CHM to design specific research studies. Manage these research partnerships with customers as they evolve.
  • Support business development team in the development of implementation and service related materials to support commercialization.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • PhD in Psychology or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience following post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience creating products and services that are evidence-based that have been commercially successful.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications in behavioral health, digital interventions, mHealth, behavioral assessments of cognitive and affective processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading research study design and execution.
  • Demonstrated experience in design-based implementation research and evaluation.
  • Experience with multi-dimensional data organization, visualization, and statistical analysis including conducting data analysis in the service of program evaluation.
  • Passion for the mission to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering.
  • Self-motivated; demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other scientific and non-scientific colleagues as well as community stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication, project management, and leadership skills.
  • Eligible to work in the US.
  • Be willing to work out of our Madison, Wisconsin office – this is not a remote position.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
  • HMI offers a generous benefits package.

The Opportunity

Cultivating well-being holds enormous promise for humanity. There is growing evidence that well-being impacts our health, resilience, life success, and ability to contribute to society more than any other single quality, including IQ. It is now clear that well-being is the critical link to those areas that ultimately shape the human condition – our health, environment, and societies.

Led by founder and world-renowned neuroscientist, Richard Davidson, Healthy Minds Innovations (HMI) is an early-stage, nonprofit, mission-driven organization focused on supporting the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (CHM). HMI advances and disseminates tools and services developed through the research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Innovation Pathway) and promotes well-being in the world (Movement Pathway).

Application Process Healthy Minds Innovations has retained the services of Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

AARON SCHMIDT- PRESIDENT, INSIGHT EXECUTIVE SEARCH (949) 281-7525 / AARON.SCHMIDT@INSIGHTEXECUTIVESEARCH.COM

Director of Mobile Measures of Well-Being

Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.

Madison, WI http://hminnovations.org

Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc. (HMI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization affiliated with the Center for Healthy Minds, UW-Madison (CHM). Collectively, our mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. HMI contributes to this mission through the development and dissemination of tools and services based on scientific evidence. It also supports a social movement strategy aimed at the idea that well-being is a skill that can be learned.

We are seeking a highly motivated and innovative scientist to join Healthy Minds Innovations (HMI), Inc, a non-profit led by neuroscientist, Richard Davidson https://centerhealthyminds.org/about/founder-richard-davidson. This leadership position is responsible for the development and implementation of a suite of mobile well-being measures.

What We’re Looking For:

The ideal candidate will have a background in a range of methods from self-report and behavioral tasks to passive data capture from mobile devices. The candidate will also have a background in machine learning, human computer interaction, human-centered design and agile design processes. The candidate will have a proven track record of managing large, multidisciplinary projects from inception through deliverables.

Strong leadership, creativity, problem-solving and collaborative skills as well as technical expertise is essential. The candidate must be capable of designing and conducting research experiments to identify and validate new measures, Additionally, he or she should be capable of applying their research experience and scientific training to help identify attractive new opportunities for innovation. Experience as a leader in scientific product development in industry preferred. Commitment to the mission of HMI essential.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in psychology, computer science, human computer interaction, neuroscience or related field.
  • Strong publication record in related fields.
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams through product development cycle.
  • A desire to be part of a highly innovative company aimed at promoting well-being and reducing suffering based on a scientific understanding of the mind.
  • This position is not remote and is located in Madison, WI. If not local, the willingness and ability to relocate is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 4 years post-degree experience.
  • At least 4 years of research and evaluation experience.
  • Experience working in industry.
  • Experience in leading multi-million-dollar projects from inception to completion – strongly preferred.
  • Experience in human-centered design.
  • Experience in iterative design process based on user experience.

Other Necessary Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

  • High degree of computer proficiency.
  • Creativity, flexibility, analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging research and development in applied mobile health.
  • Strong communication skills; writing, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in compiling/analyzing data and preparing reports and presentations.
  • Ability to effectively work in a fast-paced, start-up environment.

What You Will Do:

Leadership:

  • Lead the team responsible for the design, validation and implementation of mobile measures of well-being.
  • Develop and gain agreement on the appropriate process and methodology for projects with the broader team.
  • Serve as the primary contact for funders and other stakeholders/builds strong relationships.
  • Ensures that all deliverables are in scope with predetermined standards and expectations.
  • Work with project teams to identify data needs, sources, structure and resources to support the projects and apply strong problem solving skills.
  • Lead the design and execution of research and evaluation projects related to well-being measures.

Management

  • Build and manage a team who will be responsible for project deliverables/milestones.
  • Provide oversight to team members and provide feedback to the Chief Scientific Officer.
  • Oversee analysis by implementing study design and statistical methods.
  • Oversee IRB or other regulatory requirements related to formal research projects.
  • Assist in the preparation of high-quality client deliverables in a timely manner and presents these to stakeholders.
  • Oversees budget and resources dedicated to mobile measures of well-being.

Design

  • Ensures human-centered design principles and processes.
  • Integrates agile process into product development.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications. HMI offers an extensive benefits package.

Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.

Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc. (HMI), is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Center for Healthy Minds, UW-Madison to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind.

HMI takes the discoveries and insights gleaned from Center research and transforms them into tools and services – as well as helps manage events and public speaking engagements for the Center.

Ongoing feedback and a wider dissemination of tools will allow for larger data collection, provide refinement, generate ideas for additional research and continually inform the field of the neuroscience of well-being.

Application Process

Healthy Minds Innovations has retained the services of Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

AARON SCHMIDT- PRESIDENT, INSIGHT EXECUTIVE SEARCH (949) 281-7525 / AARON.SCHMIDT@INSIGHTEXECUTIVESEARCH.COM

Research Director

Location: New York, NY

Company Overview

Since 1994, LRN has helped 15 million people in 700 companies worldwide simultaneously navigate complex legal and regulatory environments and foster ethical cultures. LRN’s combination of practical tools, education and strategic advice helps companies translate their values into concrete corporate practices and leadership behaviors that create sustainable competitive advantage. In partnership with LRN, companies need not choose between living principles and maximizing profits, or between enhancing reputation and growing revenue: both are a product of principled performance.

LRN is the trusted partner to leading businesses worldwide, including Pfizer, Dow, Dell, 3M, DuPont, and Unilever. LRN operates in more than 120 countries, with headquarters in New York, and offices in Los Angeles, London and Mumbai.

We believe that enduring success is achieved through inspired, ethical leadership – regardless of tenure, job function, or position in an organizational chart. LRN’s culture is the end result of this belief—an environment created by a group of ethical leaders sharing core values and governing ourselves in pursuit of our goals.  As the basis of our shared values, the LRN Leadership Framework – which we invite all of our candidates to consider –defines, galvanizes, and unifies our culture.  It inspires and informs our conduct, whether we’re collaborating with colleagues or partnering with clients.  At LRN this isn’t just talk; we aim to attract and hire people who share our core values, and value our mission. 

 When considering a position at LRN, ask yourself:

  • Am I passionate about inspiring principled, ethical performance?
  • Am I committed to constant learning and evolution? Do I want to be stretched – both intellectually and in scope of responsibility – and operate outside my comfort zone?
  • Do I find fulfillment in the impact work is having beyond day-to-day tasks?
  • Do I seek to understand not just what does and doesn’t work, but why – and how to make things work better?
  • Do I value integrity, humility, passion and truth in the workplace? Am I dedicated to fostering an environment of respect, collaboration, transparency and success?

If so, we’re very much looking forward to meeting you.

Job Summary

LRN’s Governance, Culture and Leadership Advisory Services practice helps organizations design and progress their journey to evolve human operating systems. Our approach presumes true partnership and co-creation. As a guide, we provide strategic advice and support to help leaders champion and orchestrate change. We help design the core architecture to create more human companies, and we employ a series of workshops, diagnostic tools and educational methodologies to deepen understanding and embed new ways of leading and modes of behavior at scale. We are committed to the idea that by doing the right thing, companies can generate disproportionate long-term value for all their stakeholders.

We are seeking world-class leaders to come join our mission. As a leader, you should find deep resonance with the HOW philosophy and be committed to the mission of transforming businesses and organizations based on the notion of outbehaving. Leaders come from different backgrounds and areas of specialty, but all have deep experience creating and building capabilities that help organizations transform and change in meaningful ways. Leaders should have expertise in working with senior executives across a range of organizations to help shape and influence their thinking and strategic priorities, developing and delivering long term transformational journeys, and productizing and scaling new learnings and thought leadership. They should also appreciate the challenge of building new teams, experimenting with and developing new capabilities, and scaling fast-growing businesses on a global scale.

The individual in this role will have the opportunity to:

  • Take ownership for the Research & Analytics division of LRN’s Advisory practice
  • Develop new assessment tools to expand LRN’s product offerings for the advisory team
  • Ability to get hands dirty and having a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Embodiment of LRN’s core values and leadership framework and an ability to communicate this to potential partners

You will possess most of the following:

  • 10-15 years of research experience, preferably in a consultancy setting (preferably specializing in leadership development, organizational culture change, business ethics, etc.)
  • Master’s degree required, PhD highly preferred (I/O Psychology, Leadership & Change Management, etc.)
  • Advanced statistical knowledge (regression analysis, structural equation modeling, etc.)
  • Ability to formulate innovative statistical techniques
  • Ability to think outside the box
  • Strong interest in business development and have an ability to sell suite of advisory services to high level executives

Position:                    Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer
Department:              
Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department (SLED)
Location:                    
Bentonville, AR/ Washington, DC/ Jersey City, NJ

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking an experienced and skilled individual to join the foundation’s Bentonville, Washington, DC, or Jersey City, NJ office as a Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer (SLED Officer) working to support the research, evaluation, and learning needs of the Education Program. 

Specific duties include the following:

  • Work with the Education team program staff, SLED team members, and the SLED Director to develop and report information useful to the ongoing execution of the Education Program Strategic Plan;
  • Provide support to improve the adaptive learning capacity of program staff and continue shifting the organization’s culture to one of learning and reflection (e.g., translate research and evaluation findings into actionable insights, help program staff incorporate lessons learned into strategic decision-making processes);
  • Develop third party research and evaluation grants and contracts and manage third party researchers and contractors;
  • Conduct evaluations of grants, grantees, and Education program strategies and initiatives;
  • Track third party-research and produce summary reviews and synopses of complex K-12 education and public policy research;
  • Contribute to SLED’s external communications (e.g., through writing blog posts, participating in convenings, supporting the development of new publications);
  • Manage new bodies of research and evaluation work within the Education strategic plan.

Whom we are looking for:

Qualifications required for your success

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field required (e.g., economics, education policy, public policy)
  • At least five (5) years of experience in a professional setting, ideally with a strong focus on data analysis, research, and analytical writing
  • Strong project management skills, ideally with experience in managing grants and/or contracts
  • Technologically savvy, with demonstrated competency with the Microsoft Office suite of programs, including the ability to retrieve, array, summarize, and graph data using Excel. Additional capabilities with a statistical package (e.g., SPSS, STATA) 

 

Additional Helpful Experience Includes

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively detailed technical material to non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly as they relate to strategy, research, and evaluation
  • Data visualization skills

 

Characteristics that will support your success

  • A commitment to the mission of the Walton Family Foundation and a passion for education and creating high-quality education opportunities for students, particularly low-income students
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically, and understand emerging issues that are directly relevant to evaluation and the Foundation’s focus areas.
  • Experience and comfort working both independently and under close supervision, as required by the task
  • Proactive approach to problem-solving and sharp thinker
  • Diplomatic approach and an innate understanding of customer service
  • A high level of discretion and confidentiality for both business and personal affairs

The Walton Family Foundation has retained the services of INSIGHT EXECUTIVE SEARCH. 

For more information please contact:

Ari Ayares, Vice President at ari.ayares@insightexecutivesearch.com 

About the Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation is at its core, a family-led foundation. Three generations of the descendants of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, and their spouses, work together to lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities. We work in three areas: improving K-12 education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta. In 2018, the foundation awarded more than $595 million in grants in support of these initiatives. To learn more, visit waltonfamilyfoundation.org and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, D.C., Jersey City, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado, approximately 125 staff conduct the day-to-day operations of the foundation. 

About SLED


The Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department at the Walton Family Foundation supports careful planning, rigorous research, and systematic assessment in service of organizational learning, strategic adaptation, and philanthropic impact. We seek to learn with our grantees and other partners and advance the fields in which we work.

The Walton Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, among other things or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

Healthy Minds Innovations has retained the services of Insight Executive Search for the role.  

For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:  

Aaron Schmidt, President – Insight Executive Search 

(949) 281-7525  – aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com  

 

About Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc: 

Cultivating well-being holds enormous promise for humanity. There is growing evidence that well-being impacts our health, resilience, life success, and ability to contribute to society more than any other single quality, including IQ. It is now clear that well-being is the critical link to those areas that ultimately shape the human condition – our health, environment, and societies.  

Healthy Minds Innovations (HMI), is an early-stage non-profit, mission-driven organization led by world-renowned neuroscientist, Richard Davidson. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, home to a fast-growing and robust biohealth industry, our focus is to promote well-being in the world by disseminating tools and services developed through research conducted at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Position Description  

The Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) is a high level leadership position responsible for developing and executing a commercialization strategy for HMI products and services and achieving revenue goals.  High performance in this position is critical to organization’s ability to deliver on its mission and achieve its goals. This position must be a highly effective, results-oriented, driven leader committed to the mission of promoting well-being in the world.  

Commercialization Strategy and Execution 

  • Develop and execute a commercialization strategy to maximize the market opportunity for HMI and achieve business objectives / revenue goals.  Focus primarily on partnership, licensing and B2B.  Engage HMI Leadership Team and Board to ensure organizational alignment. 
  • Develop and execute strategic and tactical commercialization/business plans for products and services and ensure revenue goals are met.   
  • Own the entire lifecycle of revenue, be responsible for top line growth of the organization and consistently achieve or exceed revenue goals. 
  • Establish and report on success for commercial strategies. 
  • Articulate core value proposition.  
  • Be the voice of the customer and provide market feedback to internal teams. 
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant market conditions, including current competitive positioning and potential strategic partners.  
  • Identify and screen product and service opportunities through a set of established criteria
  • Continually evaluate new product/service opportunities from the Center for Healthy Minds research. 
  • Establish pricing principles and ensure they are met. 

 

Strategic Alliances & Partnerships  

  • Define and execute a strategy to deliver programs/services to the market via various partnership strategies. 
  • Proactively identify and develop partnerships with strategic partners and alliances to drive new business and achieve revenue goals.  Such relationships may include licensing/white labeling, fully integrated partnerships and other dissemination partnerships. 
  • Develop and cultivate strategic relationships with executives and management teams within our partner organizations to expand our footprint and influence. 
  • Structure and manage strategic partnerships with clear expectations and mutual benefit, collaboratively defining joint value propositions and drive joint engagement. 
  • Identify revenue opportunities with strategic partners and develop sales, marketing strategies and execution plans. 
  • Manage discussions regarding for-profit opportunities. 
  •  

Sales & Account Management 

  • Develop and implement a consultative sales approach.   
  • Personally develop strategic client/partner relationships and partner with VP of Customer Engagement to participate in prospect meetings, negotiate contracts and assist with sales closing as needed. 
  • Manage the business pipeline, make C-suite sales calls and maximize account growth and expansion by cross-selling company-wide products and capabilities.  
  • Prepare objectives and talking points for sales calls for the Founder, and partner as needed to ensure successful contacts.  
  • Build and manage a high performing sales and account management team, as commercialization plan warrants.  
  • Develop proposals in collaboration with team.  

 Branding  

  • Lead and manage the positioning and branding strategy.  
  • Lead market research as needed. 
  • Determine branding architecture and expression.  
  • Articulate value proposition. 
  • Assess need for marketing resources and build accordingly.

Teamwork 

  • Partner with key stakeholders across HMI leadership team. 

Collaborate with our team on: 

  • Content and design to ensure market success  
  • Intellectual property, licensing, agreements 
  • Proposal, pricing and pro forma development 
  • Service excellence execution  
  • Philanthropy 
  • Build and maintain relationships with staff across the Center, HMI and board of directors. 

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in marketing or business discipline. MBA or other advanced degree preferred. 
  • Demonstrated progressively responsible experience in B2B business development, establishing and managing strategic partnerships and sales. Experience working with top level executives, preferably with Fortune 500 companies.   
  • Startup experience preferred. 
  • Demonstrated, proven results in multiple settings. 
  • Successful experience managing licensing and distribution deals required.
  • Experience in successfully commercializing content, consultations, digital products (webinars, curriculum), preferably in the health and well-being field. 
  • Previous senior sales leader experience with demonstrated success developing and executing strategic business plans and meeting revenue goals.  
  • Must be willing to live and work in Madison, WI – this is not a remote position. 
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time. 

Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

  • Exceptional technical skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Salesforce and Project Management. 
  • Strategic thinker balanced with ability to execute and attention to detail. 
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication and presentation skills. 
  • Experience with C-suite sales calls, developing and managing long-term business relationships, and excellent negotiation skills. 
  • Ability to influence others, build consensus for a plan of action and ensure alignment. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in building and managing high performing teams, and ability to develop and mentor others.  
  • Self-starter, with a strong sense of personal accountability and excellent organizational and time management skills. 
  • Extraordinary drive and focus on goals and delivering long-term value. 
  • Open to change and able to stay focused in times of uncertainty and stress, inspiring the same in the team. 
  • Comfortable balancing external relationships with internal demands. 
  • Able to represent the business with behaviors consistent with principles well-being and organizational values. 
  • Strong entrepreneurial instincts with the passion, determination and experience to build a fast growth business. 
  • Ability to perform business performance analysis and market, competitive and consumer behavior analyses across the business and draw practical and actionable insights/solutions that promote informed strategy-formulation and decision-making.  
  • Passion for the mission. 

Chief Executive Officer

 

Healthy Minds Innovations has retained the services of Insight Executive Search for this role. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

AARON SCHMIDT, PRESIDENT- INSIGHT EXECUTIVE SEARCH
(949) 281-7525- AARON.SCHMIDT@INSIGHTEXECUTIVESEARCH.COM

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive team is an essential component of HMI’s commitment to advance equity. Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc: 

Healthy Minds Innovations (HMI) is an early-stage non-profit, mission-driven organization led by world-renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson. Our focus is to promote well-being in the world by disseminating tools and services developed through research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. HMI has two goals: (1) Develop and disseminate tools and services based on neuroscientific discoveries so people can develop skills that support well-being for themselves and others, and (2) Generate revenue from these tools and services as a funding source to sustain and expand the research. These tools may be distributed directly to the general public and through partnerships with mission-aligned organizations with well-established infrastructure and pipelines.

Position Description 

HMI is seeking an exemplary, experienced Chief Executive Officer to lead the development and execution of a refreshed strategic plan for this dynamic and values-driven organization. This CEO will possess an exceptional combination of qualities, skills, and experiences, including: a sophisticated understanding of innovation and scaling, branding and positioning, commercialization, a bold and effective approach to philanthropy and proven partnership building skills. The CEO will be a results-driven executive who brings creative thinking and execution skills to maximize opportunities and funding streams; a track record of supporting the use of data and evaluation to demonstrate impact, the ability to build an exceptional leadership team and a demonstrated commitment to strengthening a culture of equity and inclusion internally and externally. The CEO is primarily responsible for the overall success of the organization and is accountable to the Board of Directors and reports to the Chair and President of HMI.

Responsibilities 

  • Vision and strategy: Lead strategic direction and execution; collaborate with staff, board, and key stakeholders to set and achieve clear goals aligned with HMI’s mission and charitable purpose.
  • Commercialization strategy and execution: Develop, drive and scale commercialization of HMI products.
  • Strategic alliances & partnerships: Identify and develop partnerships with potential strategic partners and alliances to drive new business and achieve revenue goals. Such relationships may include licensing/white labeling, fully integrated partnerships and other dissemination strategies.
  • Philanthropy: Set, resource and drive philanthropic strategy aimed at big bettor gifts ($1M+).
  • Capital allocation: Ensure capital expenditures align to priorities and are selected using a clear process and criteria.
  • Operations, and financial management: Responsible for ensuring excellence in operations, including effective financial management, reporting, risk management and compliance.
  • Communications and external relations: Serve as spokesperson for HMI and oversee the “social movement” aspects of the organization’s work.
  • Lead through embodiment of the company’s culture, values, and behavior.
  • Balance market requirements with a commitment to scientific integrity: Ensure all decisions, actions, communications, product/service development and partnerships adhere to the foundation of scientific integrity upon which the organization is built.
  • Building and leading the senior executive team: Ensure all leadership team roles are functioning at a high level, are supported, model core values and are managing their staff and functions effectively.
  • Relationship management: Cultivate strong relationships with key stakeholders, including funders, partners, and board members.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Demonstrated success in senior leadership roles that have included leading complex organizations, B2B and B2C commercialization, building strategic partnerships, employing human-centered product/service design, and achieving high-impact philanthropic success.
  • Experience in health and wellness, science and/or technology related markets a plus.
  • Significant leadership experience, including startup, high-growth and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Financial and management acumen, business, management and forecasting skills, including the ability to link strategic and operational goals to fiscal realities and program priorities.
  • Knowledge of new and emerging technologies applicable to the field of emotional well-being.
  • Demonstrated success leading, motivating and building effective leadership teams.
  • Ability to articulate the vision and mission to a broad range of constituents and the general public.
  • Adept at bringing sound judgment and decision-making to emergent environments.

Qualifications 

  • Advanced Degree (Ph.D. / MBA) with 7-10 years of relevant successful experience
  • Passion and dedication to our mission
  • Unwavering character, integrity and values
  • Perseverant and resilient
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Smart risk-taker
  • Results oriented
  • Innovative, entrepreneurial, creative, kind and high energy
  • Live in or willing to move to Madison, Wisconsin

Association of Research Libraries: Senior Director, Research and Analytics

Senior Director, Research and Analytics, Washington D.C.

ARL is an institutional membership organization of 124 libraries and archives in major public and private universities, federal government agencies, and large public institutions in Canada and the United States. We advocate on research libraries’ behalf, advance the research and learning mission with our research and higher education partners, share intelligence on current issues, and develop the next generation of diverse library leaders. The Association and its members actively engage nationally and internationally to advance an equitable and enduring research information environment.

Research libraries are evolving quickly in the context of dramatic digital adoption in research and learning, constant flux in higher education, and policy developments in Canada, the United States, and beyond. As an association of leaders, ARL adopted the 2019-2021 Action Plan outlining its priorities for the next three years, and the contributions it intends to make as a collaborative partner in a complex ecosystem. This position will take the lead in advancing research library analytics and assessment to better understand and communicate outcomes and impact on research and learning.

Job Title              

Senior Director, Research and Analytics

Reports to          

Executive Director

Job Summary/Objective

This position leads the Association’s research and analytics program in support of its members, and more broadly, research libraries in contributing to the research and learning mission.  It is responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating ARL’s research practices, tools, and infrastructures. ARL seeks a leader intent on advancing the field of research library analytics and assessment, particularly as it moves to understand and communicate outcomes and impact.

Essential Functions        

Leads all functions related to the collection, analysis, and reporting of institutional data from member institutions, as well as the reporting of the collective impact of ARL members and more broadly, research libraries, on higher education and society. 

Lead and manage the program, including:

  • Achievement and evolution of the Association’s assessment vision with strategic initiatives and programs
  • Evaluation of current practices, and implementation and stewardship of the adoption of effective, sustainable, and practical assessment methodologies
  • Implementation and evolution of ARL’s Research Library Impact Framework
  • Establishment of standards and procedures that ensure data integrity, privacy, and security.
  • Balance input and recommendations from multiple sources, including but not limited to the ARL Board of Directors, the executive director and staff, and the Research and Analytics Committee
  • Development and management of the annual research and analytics budget, including revenue generation, and track departmental spending. Development and leadership on grant proposals as appropriate.
  • Supervision and leadership of the research and analytics staff.
  • Management of vendor relationships as needed.

Works with ARL member institutions:

  • Communication of the program’s research and analytics agenda and results with members and, as appropriate to the broader research and learning community, policy makers, and the public.
  • Development and advancement of a community of members engaged in library analytics and assessment
  • Support ARL members in evaluating, interpreting, and communicating data and findings.

Works with the broader research library and research and learning community:

  • Collaboration with other leaders in research library analytics and assessment to advance the standards and metrics by which research libraries are measured
  • Co-leader of the Library Assessment Conference
  • Representation of ARL with partner organizations in higher education and other analytics communities, including standards setting bodies.

Supervisory responsibilities      

The position has two FTE and coordinates research and analytics needs across the Association.

Work environment        

This is an office work environment at the ARL office in Washington, DC.

Physical demands           

There are day-to-day physical demands associated with office work.

Position Type & Expected hours of work Exempt, full time position. Typical work hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some work outside these hours expected.

Travel  

Travel within the United States and Canada is required mostly in the spring and fall.

Required education and experience      

  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field with substantial experience in the current research and analytics landscape.
  • A minimum of 5 years leadership experience developing assessment tools and/or research programs utilizing a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • A minimum of 5 years leadership experience with statistics research and analysis as applied in the scholarly research environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex information to audiences who possess different levels of library and assessment knowledge.
  • Knowledge of and experience with programs and applications sufficient to lead the development of highly technical projects.
  • Excellent oral, written, and public speaking skills.
  • Passionate, forward-thinking, and detail-oriented leader who is collaborative and motivational.
  • Team player who creates trust, exudes credibility, and can elevate enthusiasm across the organization.
  • Work experience with nonprofit organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with senior executives and other staff to achieve goals.
  • Proven demonstration of awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

Preferred education and experience     

Preferred experience working in higher education, government, or research libraries.

ARL is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the professional workplace. We

are firmly committed to providing opportunity for outstanding persons of every race/ethnicity,

gender, creed, and background. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in an environment that embraces diversity and inclusivity.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. ARL offers standard benefits including sick leave, 22 days of vacation, TIAA. Screening of applications will begin immediately.

How to apply:

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

Aaron Schmidt

President

Insight Executive Search

(949) 281-7525

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

SRI International: Director, Center for Education Research & Innovation

SRI International is a nonprofit, independent research institute serving government, philanthropy, and industry to create and evaluate high-value and innovative solutions to some of the world’s most important problems in education, technology, the environment, safety, and health. SRI Education, a research division of SRI International, conducts research and provides technical assistance that reduces barriers and optimizes outcomes for students of all ages and backgrounds. We work with partners to improve teaching practices, curricula and assessment, education policies, and ultimately, student learning. Our rigorous research, product development, mixed-methods evaluations and technical assistance projects embed our deep content knowledge and methodological expertise to benefit teaching and learning, often for learners who are traditionally underserved.

For more than 40 years, SRI Education has been at the forefront of research and evaluation of education policies, programs, and interventions. Our 160 researchers are leaders in the research areas of STEM and computer science, digital learning and technology policy, literacy and language arts education, teaching quality, school reform, behavior, supporting students with disabilities, and early learning. Complementing our content expertise are diverse research methods in areas impact evaluations, implementation and cost studies, large-scale survey administration, learning analytics, and assessment design and validation. We often combine our expertise to develop new products and services, and to enhance stakeholder capacity to use data and evidence-based strategies to benefit learners. Our work environment is fast-paced, intellectually stimulating, driven by the desire to produce high-quality and high-impact work, and very collaborative.

SRI’s Center for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) is seeking a dynamic leader to complement our leadership team and contribute to the long-term success of our research and support programs. The new director will have responsibilities in four key areas:

  • Business and client development
  • Talent development
  • Strategic planning
  • Efficient, effective and equity-oriented business operations

CERI’s new leader will contribute to the vision, strategic direction, and oversight for CERI’s educational research program, providing leadership for our efforts to maximize students’ access to and success in high-quality learning experiences, and to strengthen partnerships with schools and districts across the country, and with business partners.

Position Overview:

Reporting to Dr. Shari Golan, President, SRI Education, the new Director of the Center for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) will be responsible for managing and growing an ongoing portfolio of education research, development and evaluation projects. They will function as a co-leader of the group, providing vision, business strategy and business development expertise, and bringing operational strength to manage the budget and personnel for a group with approximately $25M in gross revenue, and personnel management for a 70-person staff. The Center is organized around four program areas: STEM & Computer Science, Digital Learning & Technology Policy, Teaching Quality & School Reform, and College & Career Pathways. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Business and client development
    • Drive ongoing business development that leads to interesting and impactful new projects, especially in the area of STEM & CS
    • Collaborating, with program area leaders, to make strategic decisions about proposal and marketing investments
    • Work with SRI federal and commercial BD staff to present CERI’s qualifications at business development meetings/venues
    • Lead/co-lead the development of multiple proposals and support other proposal efforts across the Center that build our business and demonstrate our capabilities
    • Manage and deliver high-quality grant/contract deliverables with on-time and as intended purpose of the client
  • Talent development
    • Attract new talent to enhance CERI’s research, development, evaluation, and technical assistance capabilities
    • Support and mentor researchers who will be the next generation of leaders, with an emphasis on growing staff from within
    • Support, inspire and invigorate teams to succeed by helping them overcome technical, business process and client-related challenges
    • Provide effective leadership to the Center and the Division to support and inspire advanced capabilities, collaboration within and across centers, and the morale of our staff
  • Strategic planning and research leadership
    • Provide leadership for and regularly update annual strategic plans to enhance alignment of CERI’s research focus and capabilities with current and future market trends, facilitating CERI/SRI Education growth and success
    • Provide thought leadership in business development and project management that enhances SRI Education’s reputation and success in the marketplace
    • Support visibility of SRI Education through journal publications and conference presentations
    • Leverage relevant content and technical expertise to provide leadership on complex and high-visibility project
    • Network to strengthen relationships with schools and districts, and business partners
  • Efficient, effective and equity-oriented business operations
    • Develop and manage annual budgets to achieve bookings and revenue targets
    • Provide leadership for CERI’s quality assurance and control processes to ensure we are providing high-quality products and services on-budget and on-time.
    • Lead and contribute to updating CERI and the education divisions’ processes to consider the perspective of all voices in decision making, make decisions about staffing more transparent, and increase diversity among staff.

Qualifications:

  • A demonstrable track record (15+ years) of success in the field of Education research, including a history of business development and leadership of high visibility and complex projects
  • Passion and commitment to organizational diversity and equity
  • A strong disciplinary background in a STEM or computer science education research and a commitment to enhancing interdisciplinary STEM education
  • Strong reputation and connections in the field with potential clients and partners
  • Track record as a Principal Investigator for diverse funders such as NSF, IES, foundations and commercial clients
  • Demonstrated track record leading successful proposals and helping others to strengthen their proposals
  • Track record of accomplishment, and demonstrable success in leadership, strategic thinking, and management of large teams
  • Track record of effectively leading a complex array of initiatives and leveraging strengths across multiple teams and resources
  • Demonstrated track record supporting researchers’ career growth through mentoring
  • Excellent project management skills, including developing and managing budgets, workplans
  • Analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals
  • Open to feedback and continuous improvement, embracing a growth mindset
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet tight deadlines

Preferred qualifications

  • Research focus on broadening participation and success in STEM disciplines for students from diverse economic, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds
  • Content expertise focused on effective teaching and learning (learning sciences) in classrooms and/or informal learning settings that can inform research and development as well as evaluation studies

As an equal opportunity employer, SRI International is committed to a diverse workforce. We are a welcoming place for everyone, and we do our best to make sure all people feel supported and connected at work.

For more information please contact:
Ari Ayares, Vice President- Insight Executive Search
Ari.Ayares@insightexecutivesearch.com

Susan G. Komen: Director, Program Evaluation

Location: Washington, DC

Job Description:

Basic Function

The Director, Program Evaluation is a member of the African-American Health Equity Initiative (AAHEI). The goal of the AAHEI program is to reduce disparities in breast cancer outcomes within the African-American community by 25% within five years, starting in the 11 U.S. cities where the inequities are greatest. These cities include Memphis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach, Los Angeles Metroplex, Philadelphia Metroplex, Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and Baltimore. A Collective Impact model will guide the program. This model addresses complex social issues through long-term, cross-sector collaborative action and investment to maximize impact by creating community-driven systems change. The AAHEI program will employ several program methods including assessing quality and increasing improvement of care delivery; improving care coordination through patient navigation and other means; and community advocacy.

The primary objective of Director, Program Evaluation is to support Susan G. Komen in achieving our overall Vision and Mission by:

  • Leading the development and implementation of the overall monitoring and evaluation framework for the AAHEI program.
  • Strengthening the M&E system and building capacity of staff and program implementors to plan, manage, conduct and use M&E for more effective programming.
  • Leading in-depth, community-based landscape analyses for each of the metropolitan areas served by the program.
  • Leading the publication and dissemination of written reports and presentations related to progress, outcomes and lessons learned to inform donors, program partners, the public health field and other key stakeholders.
  • Serving as a thought partner within a matrixed, multi-site team and using extensive experience leading communication, coordination and collaboration in addition to technical skills that are adaptable and flexible to meet the continuous improvement needs of the program.
  • Providing supervision of the program evaluation team and collaborating with Komen’s Data Science and Impact team.
  • Supporting revenue generating activities for the organization, including the creation and review of content for fundraising campaigns and donor prospects and participating in face to face donor meetings as needed.
  • Promoting an organizational culture that values trust, commitment to the mission, scientific integrity, and professional and organizational growth.

Primary Responsibilities Developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and plans for the timely collection, management, analysis, and reporting of valid and reliable data to evaluate performance and outcomes of the AAHEI program and to meet donor reporting requirements.

  • Creates and updates a comprehensive yet navigable logic model and/or theory of change to provide a visualization of the program plans in a way that supports strategic action and guides in the planning of the AAHEI evaluation.
  • Builds and executes a program evaluation plan that aims to provide meaningful and actionable evaluation strategies regarding programmatic effectiveness and impact. The evaluation plan must include process and outcome evaluation methodologies.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive data collection strategy and system including plans for data management, storage and analysis. Ensures quality of data through data verification procedures, including routine quality assurance practices.
  • Develops measurable program indicators to track progress toward achieving program goals.
  • Ensures the alignment of work to the AAHEI’s goals by developing metrics to track the impact of the work and utilizing data to inform decisions and develop strategies that ensure efficacy of the program goals.
  • Leads the evaluation of AAHEI’s public health interventions including, but not limited to, quality health systems improvement and patient navigation.
  • Monitors all program activities and progress towards achieving the program outputs and indicators.
  • Provides data analysis for the evaluation of the program’s internal evaluation operations and functions, such as determining effectiveness of program monitoring and technical assistance practices.
  • Creates strategies for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the program by identifying bottlenecks in completing program activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate them.
  • Collaborates with the program leadership and other mission leadership to help foster a data-driven culture across all programs and program staff.

Leading an in-depth, community-based landscape analyses for each of the metropolitan areas served by the AAHEI program.

  • Responsible for overall program management of in-depth, community-based landscape analyses for each of the metropolitan areas served by the AAHEI program including planning, data collection, execution and management of the process.
  • Works with landscape analysis contractor: o To describe breast cancer rates and breast cancer screening rates and the contexts across all racial/ethnic/socioeconomic groups for African-American women in the targeted communities o To assess factors contributing to breast cancer disparities, specifically assessing factors contributing to having access to breast cancer screening and quality breast health care and determining whether reasons differ in nature or in importance by racial/ethnic groups (African-American) and by socioeconomic status.
    • To assess provider and other community stakeholder perspectives about provider and community level factors limiting patients’ ability to access care.
    • To identify potential strategies that could be used to address the factors contributing to disparities in breast cancer screening and cancer based on findings

Leading the publication and dissemination of written reports and presentations related to program progress, outcomes and lessons learned to inform donors, program partners, the public health field and other key stakeholders.

  • Develops accurate and comprehensive program progress reports to inform program funder(s) and key stakeholders of progress toward achieving the AAHEI goal.
  • Conducts program presentations at local and national conferences, workshops and events to disseminate information on program outcomes and lessons learned.
  • Provides program data and outcomes to program leadership and team to monitor program benchmarks, improve program outcomes and guide the development of strategies for program interventions and scalability.
  • Writes proposals as necessary to fund, sustain, or improve program evaluations or special programs.

Supervising evaluation staff including Manager, Evaluation and Analyst, Evaluation.

  • Mentor staff to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork.
  • Develops work plans and production schedules for assignments.
  • Meets one on one and in a team basis for coaching, program management, etc.
  • Crafts annual performance goals and reviews progress on a regular basis. Conducts annual performance reviews. Other Duties as Assigned.

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Experience Required Educational and Experience Requirements

Doctoral Degree in public health, health disparities or relevant discipline. Minimum of seven to ten years of experience in evaluation of public health programs. Master’s degree may be substituted for those candidates with extensive experience demonstrated the qualifications described.

Minimum Requirements

Must demonstrate:

  • Advanced skills in quantitative, qualitative and mixed designs for evaluation methodologies; and experience in evaluating national public health initiatives.
  • Excellent written, verbal and problem-solving skills and ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Strong organizational and program management skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills related to evaluation of program outputs, outcomes and impact.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proficiency of interviewing techniques.
  • Experience as a public speaker, a team-oriented attitude for training others and a professional demeanor for interacting with stakeholders and program participants.
  • Must be able to work in the United States without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Experience

  • Education or direct experience in evaluation of health disparities programs, especially cancer disparities.
  • Knowledge and experience in evaluation of collective impact program interventions.
  • Education or direct experience in evaluation of public policy and/or advocacy interventions related to breast cancer health equity.
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment.

Specialized Knowledge Requirements Outstanding computer skills including experience with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software.

Demonstrated statistical analysis skills and use of relevant software (i.e. Redcap, Qualtrix, SAS, SPSS)

Application Process

Susan G. Komen has retained the services of Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

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

Association of Research Libraries: Senior Director, Research and Analytics

Washington D.C.

ARL is an institutional membership organization of 124 libraries and archives in major public and private universities, federal government agencies, and large public institutions in Canada and the United States. We advocate on research libraries’ behalf, advance the research and learning mission with our research and higher education partners, share intelligence on current issues, and develop the next generation of diverse library leaders. The Association and its members actively engage nationally and internationally to advance an equitable and enduring research information environment.

Research libraries are evolving quickly in the context of dramatic digital adoption in research and learning, constant flux in higher education, and policy developments in Canada, the United States, and beyond. As an association of leaders, ARL adopted the 2019-2021 Action Plan outlining its priorities for the next three years, and the contributions it intends to make as a collaborative partner in a complex ecosystem. This position will take the lead in advancing research library analytics and assessment to better understand and communicate outcomes and impact on research and learning.

Job Title              

Senior Director, Research and Analytics

Reports to          

Executive Director

Job Summary/Objective

This position leads the Association’s research and analytics program in support of its members, and more broadly, research libraries in contributing to the research and learning mission.  It is responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating ARL’s research practices, tools, and infrastructures. ARL seeks a leader intent on advancing the field of research library analytics and assessment, particularly as it moves to understand and communicate outcomes and impact.

Essential Functions        

Leads all functions related to the collection, analysis, and reporting of institutional data from member institutions, as well as the reporting of the collective impact of ARL members and more broadly, research libraries, on higher education and society. 

Lead and manage the program, including:

  • Achievement and evolution of the Association’s assessment vision with strategic initiatives and programs
  • Evaluation of current practices, and implementation and stewardship of the adoption of effective, sustainable, and practical assessment methodologies
  • Implementation and evolution of ARL’s Research Library Impact Framework
  • Establishment of standards and procedures that ensure data integrity, privacy, and security.
  • Balance input and recommendations from multiple sources, including but not limited to the ARL Board of Directors, the executive director and staff, and the Research and Analytics Committee
  • Development and management of the annual research and analytics budget, including revenue generation, and track departmental spending. Development and leadership on grant proposals as appropriate.
  • Supervision and leadership of the research and analytics staff.
  • Management of vendor relationships as needed.

Works with ARL member institutions:

  • Communication of the program’s research and analytics agenda and results with members and, as appropriate to the broader research and learning community, policy makers, and the public.
  • Development and advancement of a community of members engaged in library analytics and assessment
  • Support ARL members in evaluating, interpreting, and communicating data and findings.

Works with the broader research library and research and learning community:

  • Collaboration with other leaders in research library analytics and assessment to advance the standards and metrics by which research libraries are measured
  • Co-leader of the Library Assessment Conference
  • Representation of ARL with partner organizations in higher education and other analytics communities, including standards setting bodies.

Supervisory responsibilities      

The position has two FTE and coordinates research and analytics needs across the Association.

Work environment        

This is an office work environment at the ARL office in Washington, DC.

Physical demands           

There are day-to-day physical demands associated with office work.

Position Type & Expected hours of work Exempt, full time position. Typical work hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some work outside these hours expected.

Travel  

Travel within the United States and Canada is required mostly in the spring and fall.

Required education and experience      

  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field with substantial experience in the current research and analytics landscape.
  • A minimum of 5 years leadership experience developing assessment tools and/or research programs utilizing a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • A minimum of 5 years leadership experience with statistics research and analysis as applied in the scholarly research environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex information to audiences who possess different levels of library and assessment knowledge.
  • Knowledge of and experience with programs and applications sufficient to lead the development of highly technical projects.
  • Excellent oral, written, and public speaking skills.
  • Passionate, forward-thinking, and detail-oriented leader who is collaborative and motivational.
  • Team player who creates trust, exudes credibility, and can elevate enthusiasm across the organization.
  • Work experience with nonprofit organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with senior executives and other staff to achieve goals.
  • Proven demonstration of awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

Preferred education and experience     

Preferred experience working in higher education, government, or research libraries.

ARL is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the professional workplace. We

are firmly committed to providing opportunity for outstanding persons of every race/ethnicity,

gender, creed, and background. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in an environment that embraces diversity and inclusivity.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. ARL offers standard benefits including sick leave, 22 days of vacation, TIAA. Screening of applications will begin immediately.

How to apply:

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

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

SRI: Senior Researcher-Disability Program

Arlington, VA, Menlo Park, CA, Remote 

Job Description

For decades, government agencies, foundations, nonprofit and private sector organizations, and school districts have turned to SRI Education to address complex issues in education research, evaluation, policy, program implementation, and technology development. The SRI Education Disability Program seeks to understand and increase the effectiveness of programs and policies for children across a full range of disability categories and ages. From efforts that improve educator effectiveness through evidence-based practices, to those that have directly influenced IDEA legislation, SRI is conducting critical research, developing innovations and providing technical assistance that is helping to strengthen outcomes, programs, and policies for all learners with disabilities and other special needs.

The Senior Education Researcher will be based in Arlington, VA or Menlo Park, CA and will:

  • Lead project and proposal teams to design and conduct rigorous research that results in new knowledge and enables educators and policymakers to make decisions about educational interventions, programs, and policies for K-12 students with disabilities that have the potential for large-scale positive impact
  • Participate in and lead business development efforts to define research and evaluation services focused on K-12 teaching and learning for students with disabilities
  • Lead project teams to deliver high-quality research products on time that meet clients’ needs
  • Work on multiple ongoing projects related to students with disabilities, particularly those focused on college and career readiness and transition
  • Develop research designs and data collection instruments and lead quantitative and mixed-methods data collection and analyses with student, teacher, and school data
  • Write reports, policy papers, and articles for clients, policymakers, and practitioners; publish in peer-reviewed journals; and present study findings to relevant audiences
  • Grow professionally and develop new skills through ongoing collegial support and professional development opportunities, including supporting other leaders and mentoring junior analysts on evaluation design and methodological issues

Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Education, Public Policy, or a Social Science discipline or comparable experience
  • At least 5 years of research experience including at least two years as a principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or project director
  • Experience with research design, quantitative data analysis, instrument design, and data collection
  • Experience studying efforts to improve K-12 special education programs and policies including those related to college and career readiness and transition
  • Strong conceptual and analytic skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication, and supervision skills
  • A passion to improve learning and quality of life for students with disabilities
  • Commitment to collaborative work
  • Demonstrated ability to independently solve complex problems, prioritize and efficiently delegate essential tasks, meet deadlines, and understand and support client needs

Candidates with the following qualifications preferred:

  • Experience with efforts to improve K-12 STEM teaching and learning
  • Training or experience in advanced experimental and quasi-experimental designs and analysis
  • Track record of winning competitive bid contracts and grants
  • Prior publications in peer-reviewed journals

SRI International has retained the services of Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Ari Ayares- Vice President
Insight Executive Search
(949) 271-2526
Ari.Ayares@insightexecutivesearch.com

Union of Concerned Scientists: Managing Director, Food and Environment Program

Washington, DC

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit organization founded 50 years ago by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who sought to use the power of science to address global problems and improve people’s lives. Through technical analysis and effective advocacy, UCS works to develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.

The Managing Director is a new position in the organization’s Food and Environment (F&E) Program. Staffed with a team of scientists, analysts, policy experts, and organizers, the F&E Program seeks to transform our food system such that it produces a sustainable, equitable, and healthy food system for all. This role is to ensure that the program strategy aligns with goals, and that its campaigns are executed in a manner that makes the best use of the team’s expertise and capacity.

Responsibilities of the Managing Director

The position manages the day-to-day operations of the program. This includes the development and execution of program strategy and the core components of the program’s campaign – from analytical products to outreach and advocacy and leads the team in developing work that integrates a perspective of racial and economic justice into its approaches.

The position engages in problem solving around relevant strategic questions, issues of substance, and matters of staff time prioritization and resource utilization.

The Managing Director reports to the Program Director, represents UCS at public events and assists Program Director with fundraising responsibilities.

Qualifications and Experience

Strong and demonstrated management skills at a senior level are essential, as is the ability to supervise staff, lead teams and manage complex strategic processes, and inspire high-performing teams to achieve exceptional outcomes. Position requires solid expertise in food and/or agricultural issues in their socioeconomic, political

and environmental context. Understanding of, and commitment to, the importance of racial equity to effectively achieve program goals is essential.

A Ph.D. degree in agricultural, food, nutrition or public health science or policy areas is strongly preferred. At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. We actively seek people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington DC office. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has retained the services of Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

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

Heartland Forward: Executive Director, Programs

Heartland Forward is seeking a skilled economic development professional with extensive experience in collaborating with multiple stakeholders to advance our program advocacy and public policy activities by joining the organization as Executive Director, Programs in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Summary

The Executive Director, Programs will lead Heartland Forward’s work for all of its program advocacy and public policy activities in our four program areas 1) Regional Competitiveness, 2) Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 3) Human Capital and 4) Health Risks and Disparity. We desire to transfer our applied research into policy actions at the state, regional and local levels and this position will be a key point of contact with the “do” part of the “think and do” tank. The Executive Director, Programs will work closely with the Heartland Forward leadership team in identifying and developing relationships with practitioners and public policy officials to communicate best practices and facilitate their implementation.

This position will report to the President and CEO and play an integral role in fulfilling the policy implementation agenda of Heartland Forward. We aim to turn our research into action and set in motion transformative changes that will impact the heartland’s economy, human capital formation, labor force skills training, research, development, commercialization (universities, small and large firms and federal labs), entrepreneurship, access to early-stage risk capital and quality of place issues. The successful candidate will have experience in applied knowledge-based or technology-based economic development and be able to engage in external collaboration to foster implementation.

Must be effective at advocating for adjusting public policies and practices consistent with our research findings. In many respects, this position will serve as a consultant to external organizations to connect practitioners to policy officials.  

Specific duties will include the following:

  • Identify, hire, and manage resources
  • Ensure cohesive coordination and collaboration between workstreams
  • Research, identify and build relationships with critical partners in our main areas of program and policy advocacy
  • Develop stakeholder contact database and provide strategic recommendations on additions or adjustments
  • Assist in determining potential groups to plan events in collaboration with
  • Develop a detailed strategic plan for our program area
  • Compile recommendations and a policy toolkit that can be shared with stakeholders
  • Gain the participation of practitioner and policy stakeholder groups so that they may advocate and adopt our recommendations
  • Establish goals by which we can measure our program and policy impact
  • Determine partnership and sponsorship opportunities to support events and programs
  • Make presentations and participate in discussions with the media and stakeholders 

 

 

Who we are looking for:

 

Basic qualifications required for the role:

  • Master’s degree in economics or related field (e.g., geography or sociology, if undergraduate degree is in economics) with 10+ years of experience
  • Understanding of regional economic and demographic data
  • Demonstrated policy experience in a “think tank”, corporate, consulting or government setting
  • Experience in developing PowerPoint presentations and managing complex data with Excel spreadsheets
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills. Must be able to translate complex economic and planning issues for an educated audience

 

Additional helpful experience includes:

  • PhD. in economics or related field (e.g., geography or sociology, if undergraduate or master’s degree is in economics)
  • Hands on consulting work as an economic development professional
  • Entrepreneurial and/or start-up research experience a plus

Characteristics that support success:

  • Must be a self-starter who takes initiative
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments, and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Service approach with a highlighted sense of accountability, empathy, and humility
  • Highly resourceful team-player, solution-oriented, and comfortable operating with incomplete information

Heartland Forward has retained the services of INSIGHT EXECUTIVE SEARCH to assist in the recruitment. Anyone interested in applying should contact:

Ari Ayares, Vice President
INSIGHT EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Ari.Ayares@insightexecutivesearch.com

 

About Heartland Forward

Heartland Forward is a 501 (c) (3) nonpartisan, nonprofit “think and do tank,” focused on improving the economic performance in the center of the United States by advocating fact-based solutions to foster job creation, knowledge-based and inclusive growth and improved health status. Most research and policy efforts by existing think tanks in the Heartland are focused on their individual state or metro areas within a state. We think a cross-cutting view is critical to solving the region’s challenges, and Heartland Forward will fill this void. While recognizing the differences between places in the center of the country, we will analyze the region holistically to identify common issues and solutions.

The Institute will pursue its mission through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented convenings, and impactful policy recommendations. Its flagship convening is the Heartland Summit, a two-day summit where policy leaders, entrepreneurs, elected officials, and economic development officials come together to meet in the middle and pursue solutions to strengthen the Heartland’s economy.

Heartland Forward is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, among other things or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

Cecil J. Picard Center

Senior Research Scholar/Loyd J. Rockhold Endowed Chair

University of Louisiana, Lafayette

 

The Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning at the University of Louisiana Lafayette seeks qualified candidates to apply for a Senior Research Scholar/Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Development. The successful candidate will report directly to the Executive Director of the Picard Center, and will be appointed as a tenured full professor with the expectation that he or she will lead and establish a comprehensive research agenda focused on young children, their families and their communities.

 

The senior scholar who accepts this position will be a productive and nationally recognized researcher who will direct the development of a vital research agenda for the Picard Center. This research agenda will focus on matters of policy and practice and it will seek to provide a foundation for leading, supporting and informing early childhood education initiatives in Louisiana and, where appropriate, on a national level. Additionally, it is expected that this senior scholar will build a community of early childhood research scholars at the Picard Center, and will work cooperatively with the development of an expanded early childhood curriculum offered by the University’s College of Education.  The senior scholar who occupies this endowed chair will be responsible for securing significant external funding to support and sustain the early childhood research programs of the Picard Center and their associated personnel costs.

 

The ideal candidate for this Senior Research Scholar/Endowed Chair position will have:

 

  • a doctorate in early childhood development or in a related field
  • experience and credentials appropriate to tenure and rank of full professor
  • a strong record of securing outside funding, including federal grants and/or funding from appropriate foundations
  • a significant peer reviewed research/publication record
  • proven experience in mentoring
  • and a firm commitment to building a major research/policy center focused on early childhood issues.

 

This Senior Research Scholar/Endowed Chair not only funds an appropriate compensation package but it also provides access to significant support funds for research and related expenditures. The successful candidate will be part of a major refocusing of the Picard Center and will play a meaningful role in building the Center as a force for shaping early childhood policy and practice at the national, state, regional and local levels.

 

The search will remain open until the position is filled.  It is expected that the appointment will be made by August 1, 2020.

 

Application Process  

The Picard Center has retained the services of Insight Executive Search.   For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt

President

Insight Executive Search

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

MDRC CENTER FOR DATA INSIGHTS: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

MDRC invites applications for a Research Associate to join its Center for Data Insights to lead data science projects, advance data science methodologies, and develop new partnerships. We are looking for candidates who have extensive knowledge of data science and quantitative research methods; significant experience applying those methods in government agencies, nonprofit programs, or education institutions; a strong interest in social policy; the ability to develop and manage projects with external partners; and a desire to work in small teams to foster 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 Data Insights (CDI) helps institutions improve their programs and systems by harnessing the benefits of operational data-science techniques to produce actionable insights. CDI supports its partners in adopting data analytics to enhance their practices, organizational cultures, and the structure of their work in a sustainable way, to ultimately lower their costs and improve the outcomes for their clients.

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 data science projects in CDI. This role includes helping partner organizations identify operational research questions, designing analyses to answer those questions, developing analytic tools for implementing the analyses, and communicating findings, implications, and limitations to practitioner audiences.
  • Develop, lead, and deliver technical assistance and data science support to service providers in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of qualitative and quantitative researchers.
  • Develop and manage relationships with government agencies, education institutions, and nonprofit organizations to participate in data science technical assistance projects.
  • Identify opportunities for building a portfolio of new projects.
  • Manage projects and proposals, including timelines, staffing, work plans, and budgets.
  • Stay up to date on the latest developments in data science, as well as in open data initiatives, and help advance methods used at MDRC.
  • Use open source code (primarily R) to apply data science methods, such as machine learning and unsupervised learning techniques, and guide analysts in writing code to implement analyses.
  • Train staff, including MDRC colleagues and technical staff at partner organizations, to use data science techniques.
  • Help design and produce dashboards, graphics, and other visual tools that make advanced analytics results intuitive and clear.

Requirements:

  • Graduate-level degree (Ph.D. or master’s degree with relevant data science experience) in quantitative field.
  • Preferably 5-10 years of experience of applied data science or quantitative research focused on social good.
  • Knowledge of and experience with predictive modeling and analytic methods for causal inference. Familiarity with qualitative, mixed-methods, and implementation research a plus.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to conducting 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.
  • 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 (Oakland, California, is preferred). Salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. We will only consider candidates who complete the application in its entirety.

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.

Application Process  

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

Aaron Schmidt

President

Insight Executive Search

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

Insight Policy Research: Director, Health Research

 

Insight Policy Research (Insight), a dynamic and growing small research and evaluation organization, is seeking an experienced health Director with expertise in directing qualitative and quantitative research methods and program evaluations. The successful candidate for this position will have at least 8 years’ experience leading evaluation projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or similar HHS agencies.

Insight is a well-established small business, having provided nationally recognized research and evaluation services to federal, state, and private sector clients for over 15 years. Our focus is on issues affecting at-risk and vulnerable populations.

Headquartered in Arlington, VA, we conduct research in the areas of health, nutrition, family support services, and education. We offer outstanding potential for growth as well as competitive salaries and benefits, including telecommuting, in a collegial, family-friendly environment. Candidates who desire a work-from-home position will be considered for this role.

For further information and the types of studies we conduct, please visit our website: www.insightpolicyresearch.com

Position Summary

The essential functions of this position include implementing research and evaluation studies, managing qualitative and quantitative data collection, leading proposal efforts and other business development activities, communicating with clients, and preparing final reports and briefings.  Candidates must have at least 12 years of experience working on federal contracts and 8 years of experience with agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, particularly the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The ideal candidate will have exceptional writing and presentation skills, a desire to develop new business, and have the experience and ability to mentor to junior colleagues.

Responsibilities

  • Leading mixed-methods projects requiring quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including developing study designs, determining analysis methodology, and outlining format and content of client deliverables.
  • Interpreting and summarizing quantitative and qualitative findings in reports and presentations to address clients’ research needs.
  • Leading business development activities, including proposals and relationships with clients and business partners.
  • Working closely with the vice president for health research and other Insight leaders to set an agenda for future business development in health policy research, to coordinate staff development opportunities, and to manage existing and future projects.

Education

  • PhD in a social science field (economics, health services research, public health, or similar) or Master’s degree with 12 or more years of experienc

Qualifications

  • 12 or more years of healthcare research or policy experience with at least 8 years leading evaluation projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (preferred) or similar agencies
  • Possess working knowledge/experience other public health programs of the agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, particularly the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to manage competing deadlines, while keeping projects on schedule and within budget
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (writing sample required)
  • Experience preparing final deliverables and writing comprehensive research reports

Contact

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

INSIGHT EXECUTVE SEARCH is presenting this position on behalf of Insight Policy Research.

To receive more information or to apply please contact:

Aaron Schmidt, President

INSIGHT EXECUTIVE SEARCH

aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

(949) 281-7525

Truth Initiative: Director of Research, Statistics

Director of Research, Statistics

The Director of Research, Statistics will develop and oversee rapid social and behavioral research capabilities by a team of analysts at Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute (SI). 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee the development and execution of analyses using a variety of statistical methods (logistic and linear regression; longitudinal growth curve modeling; hierarchical linear modeling; structural equation modeling, time series analysis or other methods). 
  • Supervise a team of four research analysts to optimize workflow in a face-paced, mission-driven organization;  
  • Co-author manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Direct the process of restricted access to Truth datasets;
  • Refine and implement a departmental data management quality assurance process;
  • Work collaboratively with senior researchers to advance the research agenda within the field of tobacco control
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of data analytic resources; and
  • Present research findings at conferences and meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The ideal candidate must have a doctorate in epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology or a related field with a strong background in quantitative methods and at least 5 years of post-doctoral research experience.
  • The candidate must also have an interest in tobacco control research and a history of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Required experience includes project management and supervision of staff; a solid background in programming and data management, along with knowledge of statistical research methodology and principles; and experience with programming languages such as SAS, Stata or MPlus.
  • Excellent communication skills, with a focus on data reporting and writing ability, are essential.
  • The candidate must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Attention to detail in a fast-paced environment is essential.

To apply, please contact:
Ari Ayares, Vice President
ari.ayares(@)insightexecutivesearch.com
INSIGHT EXECUTIVE SEARCH 

Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute is a leading and trusted voice in tobacco research and our ground-breaking studies power everything we do. Our scientists and researchers use the best and most rigorous research to investigate the latest issues and trends in tobacco use, analyze policies that can protect communities and evaluate the impact of our efforts to make tobacco a thing of the past. We publish our findings in peer-reviewed academic journals and produce fact sheets, reports and other self-published resources. We share these resources with partners, policymakers, members of the media and the public to advance knowledge and best practices for creating healthier communities.

Truth Initiative: Director of Research, Statistics

Director of Research, Statistics

The Director of Research, Statistics will develop and oversee rapid social and behavioral research capabilities by a team of analysts at Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute (SI). 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee the development and execution of analyses using a variety of statistical methods (logistic and linear regression; longitudinal growth curve modeling; hierarchical linear modeling; structural equation modeling, time series analysis or other methods). 
  • Supervise a team of four research analysts to optimize workflow in a face-paced, mission-driven organization;  
  • Co-author manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Direct the process of restricted access to Truth datasets;
  • Refine and implement a departmental data management quality assurance process;
  • Work collaboratively with senior researchers to advance the research agenda within the field of tobacco control
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of data analytic resources; and
  • Present research findings at conferences and meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The ideal candidate must have a doctorate in epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology or a related field with a strong background in quantitative methods and at least 5 years of post-doctoral research experience.
  • The candidate must also have an interest in tobacco control research and a history of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Required experience includes project management and supervision of staff; a solid background in programming and data management, along with knowledge of statistical research methodology and principles; and experience with programming languages such as SAS, Stata or MPlus.
  • Excellent communication skills, with a focus on data reporting and writing ability, are essential.
  • The candidate must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Attention to detail in a fast-paced environment is essential.

To apply, please contact:
Ari Ayares, Vice President
ari.ayares(@)insightexecutivesearch.com
INSIGHT EXECUTIVE SEARCH 

Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute is a leading and trusted voice in tobacco research and our ground-breaking studies power everything we do. Our scientists and researchers use the best and most rigorous research to investigate the latest issues and trends in tobacco use, analyze policies that can protect communities and evaluate the impact of our efforts to make tobacco a thing of the past. We publish our findings in peer-reviewed academic journals and produce fact sheets, reports and other self-published resources. We share these resources with partners, policymakers, members of the media and the public to advance knowledge and best practices for creating healthier communities.