Child Trends is seeking a Senior Research Scientist or Research Scientist in Early Childhood Development. Strong preference for candidates who are located in Boston, MA and for those with expertise in the following areas: infant and early childhood mental health, integration of physical and behavioral health, parental substance abuse (e.g., opioids), Part C, parenting, early childhood comprehensive systems, well-being of the early childhood workforce, and community-based evaluation of early childhood programs.
Responsible for planning and executing major social science research projects in consultation with other colleagues and/or other organizations. Designs research approach and selects appropriate quantitative or qualitative analysis. Leads others to perform analysis; writes and presents reports; draws policy inferences. Must develop and write proposals. Functions as principal investigator/project director for research projects may include project management roles.
Candidates wishing to be considered for the position are strongly encouraged to submit their application by April 28th, 2018. If the position is not filled in the first round of applications, additional applications will be considered until May 28th or until the position is filled.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
- Advances research in early childhood including the development of research designs and agendas
- Serves as principal investigator or project director for one or more projects
- Leads teams to write proposals, conceptualize work, and negotiate and draft budgets
- Supervises the data collection, tabulation, and analysis by research scientists, analysts and assistants
- Makes site visits, conducts interviews and supervises field research as necessary
- Oversees large research synthesis and writing of research or policy papers
- Leads the interpretation of data from policy and program perspectives
- May serve as supervisor for one or more research staff
- May provide research-based technical assistance to early childhood leaders
- Attends all-staff and project manager meetings
- Reviews resumes and interviews candidates for employment
- Writes final reports and presents results to clients and stakeholders
- Prepares papers for presentations, publications, and testimony
- Disseminates/responds to public information requests from reporters, Congress, and researchers
Experience and Education:
- 5+ years of experience as an early childhood researcher for Research Scientist, 10+ years of experience for Senior Research Scientist;
- Demonstrated thought leadership within the field of early childhood; individual must have made a significant contribution through her or his research to the field, policy, or program practices;
- Extensive experience writing and winning proposals, ideally from both government and foundation funders;
- Extensive experience with and understanding of federal government contracting and grants;
- Expertise in designing evaluations and research studies, including determining multivariate quantitative analyses and mixed methods approaches;
- Experience in priority areas a plus: infant and early childhood mental health, integration of physical and behavioral health, parental substance abuse (e.g., opioids), Part C, parenting, early childhood comprehensive systems, well-being of the early childhood workforce, and community-based evaluation of early childhood programs;
- A PhD in relevant field;
- Proven skills at management of a research team (consistent on-time, within budget work);
- Demonstrated communications achievements (e.g., notable research papers, effective white papers).
Minimum Education Required
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