Research Analyst, Reproductive Health & Family Formation

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Child Trends has an opening for a Research Analyst in our Reproductive Health and Family Formation area in its Bethesda, MD office. The Reproductive Health and Family Formation area conducts quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation related to adolescent relationships, sexual activity, and contraceptive use; family structure and family formation; and fatherhood. Research studies in this area place special emphasis on individuals and families who identify as racial/ethnic minorities and with low-income. Under the general direction of senior staff members, the Research Analyst will be responsible for conducting assigned parts of social science research projects; assisting in the development of the research approach; data management; applying quantitative methods of statistical analysis; reporting research findings in writing; and helping to facilitate project management functions.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Writes code to manage and analyze data; mentors junior staff on quantitative analysis methods and programming.
  • Analyzes quantitative data using such standard statistical techniques as ANOVA, OLS regression, logistic regression, and factor analysis; draws conclusions from analyzed data; prepares statistical reports and data presentations.
  • Writes up research results; may be called upon to present results to clients, sponsors, or the press.
  • Assists in writing proposals and preparing research papers and other products for publication. Acts as task leader in projects: supervises and assigns work to research assistants and support staff.
  • Reviews and writes critical summaries of research literature and/or public policy.
  • Supervises and trains junior staff in data collection activities and oversees quality control procedures.
  • Develops IRB materials and oversees data security and confidentiality procedures.
  • Works independently and provides support for research design and writing.
  • May be asked to support project management activities including budget development and execution, monitoring and managing project timeline and deliverables, and managing human resources on the team.


  • Masters degree or ABD in a social science, or BA degree plus 3-5 years of experience in a relevant research discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and analyze data using SAS/STATA/R or other statistical software packages
  • Coursework covering statistics and quantitative research methods
  • Proven organizational and project and time management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Research experience in family demography/family formation, fatherhood, and minority families highly desirable
  • Direct experience with secondary analysis of large scale studies a plus
  • Experience with national surveys a plus, including the National Survey of Family Growth, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 cohort, or the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (Kindergarten cohort and Birth cohort)

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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