Senior Health Services Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time




2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW
District of Columbia
United States


The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging in America. We envision an America freed from ageism. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy, and applied research. Our 6,000+ members and partners include not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 39 state partners, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations, and research partners. LeadingAge is also a part of the Global Ageing Network whose membership spans 30 countries. 


The LeadingAge LTSS Center @ UMass Boston team (Washington DC location) seeks a Senior Health Services Research Associate to work collaboratively with the SVP, LeadingAge Research and other center staff to design, implement and analyze data from applied research studies related to the financing and delivery of long-term care and supportive services for older adults. As a member of the LTSS Center staff, the Senior Health Services Research Associate will also be a fellow in the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute and will have access to many university resources as well as opportunities for teaching and collaboration with faculty and students. 


The position requires a PhD or DrPH degree in gerontology, social sciences, nurse research, health services research or public health with 5 years of experience in designing, managing and conducting applied research projects, including implementing surveys in and process evaluations of aging services provider settings; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates must demonstrate:


Strong intellectual curiosity, ability to think analytically and display excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to develop creative solutions to complex research problems; excellent analytical skills including the ability to analyze policy and practice issues; detailed understanding of fundamental social science research concepts and principles, research methods, protocols, procedures and techniques; and to provide leadership in the design and execution of research studies.


Success in seeking funding from government and private funders; understanding of the applicable federal and state regulatory requirements in research involving human participants; ability to work independently with moderate to minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment; strong written and oral communication skills with a variety of audiences and the ability to work collaboratively with teams in the various LeadingAge departments and state affiliates, potential and current funders, aging services providers and a variety of other audiences.


Advanced statistical and qualitative analysis skills and experience, demonstrated ability to publish in peer reviewed journals as well a commitment to dissemination of findings through other avenues such as social media, issue briefs and reports, and presentations at conferences, policy briefings and stakeholder meetings; strong organizational skills including careful attention to detail and the ability to carry out multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines; experience in managing and mentoring junior researchers; experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams in partnership with government and non-government entities; prior success in working as a contributing research team member. Local and national travel related to presentations, research projects and funding opportunities is also required. . Must demonstrate a commitment to LeadingAge’s core values at all times.


As a LeadingAge employee you will join us in demonstrating commitment to our core values:   

Stewardship – We understand how our work advances our mission. We seek creative and efficient ways of working.

Courage – We identify opportunities to be bold and act on them. We seek feedback and counter points of view.

Catalyst – We stimulate new ideas. We connect people and build partnerships.

Community – We treat each other with respect. We work toward common goals.


As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to attracting and developing a diverse work force. We seek talented, dedicated professionals who have a genuine interest in helping us fulfill our promise to: Inspire. Serve. Advocate. LeadingAge provides a forward-thinking, dynamic and collegial work environment; competitive salary and benefits; and a Woodley-Park Zoo Metro location: 2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008.   We encourage you to submit your cover letter and resume online through our “Senior Health Services Research Associate” vacancy link at

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Doctorate (PhD)

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