Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time




95 Berkeley Street
Suite 202
United States


Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is a 50+ year old non-profit organization, serving philanthropic, governmental, and health care organizations to help people live healthier lives and create healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy development, and research. Specifically, HRiA’s Research and Evaluation (R&E) Department works with a variety of clients such as health departments, hospitals, schools, foundations, and community organizations to provide valid, reliable data for developing, implementing, and improving health and social programs and initiatives across the United States. These services help guide each step of program and policy planning by assessing community strengths and needs, determining potential key partners, understanding issues salient to target audiences, identifying challenges, and evaluating progress and impact. Services include, but are not limited to, survey development and administration, interview and focus group moderation, statistical data analysis, report writing, and translation of research findings into actionable program planning steps.

Be part of this exciting organization that works with communities in the Boston area, New England, and across the country to identify and address health issues in innovative ways.  

Position Summary:

This is an exempt, full-time position. The Research Associate will be a key member of HRiA’s R&E Department and will provide critical services in developing and carrying out research plans that will help inform public health intervention planning and measure impact.  The Research Associate will be involved in all aspects of studies employing both quantitative and qualitative methods from project management to instrument development to focus group moderation to data analysis and writing, while working closely with the project lead/PI. It is expected that the Research Associate will have strong research and evaluation skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills.


The Research Associate will be involved in community health and health care assessments and evaluation studies which aim to guide the development and implementation of health interventions. Typically, R&E projects focus on topics such as public health-health care integration, public health infrastructure, early childhood development, asthma and healthy housing, oral health, behavioral health (substance abuse and mental health), sexual health, chronic disease prevention and related behaviors, among other areas. The R&E Department conducts numerous projects led by multiple staff, and the Research Associate will work on many projects at one time with different project leads, including those from other HRiA departments.

The Research Associate will be supervised by a Senior Research Scientist but will work closely with all members of the R&E Department.

Duties & Responsibilities:

While this position will be involved in a variety of tasks, primary duties will include:


Data Collection and Analysis

·        Conducting quantitative data collection/analysis, including analyzing secondary data as well as assisting in primary data collection (e.g., developing survey instruments, overseeing survey administration, conducting statistical analysis such as frequencies and bivariate analyses), while working closely with project lead

·        Conducting qualitative data collection/analysis, including developing focus group and interview guides, conducting interviews with stakeholders and facilitating focus group discussions with a range of community members, particularly those from traditionally underserved populations, and analyzing qualitative data, while working closely with project lead

·        Conducting other research-related activities, as needed, such as literature reviews and environmental scans, including searching academic databases, reading and synthesizing published studies, and writing draft reports

Report Development and Presentation

·        Synthesizing data from multiple sources (e.g., focus groups, surveys, secondary data, literature review) and interpreting findings so that they are meaningful to public health practitioners, health care professionals, program planners, and non-academic audiences

·        Writing draft assessment and program evaluation reports, under the guidance of the project lead, geared towards public health practitioners, health care professionals program planners, and non-academic audiences

·        Developing PowerPoint presentations of study findings

·        Presenting study findings to community and stakeholder audiences, in partnership with the project lead

Project and Client Management, New Business, and Other Tasks

·        Assisting project leads in project and client management, including developing meeting agendas, taking meeting notes, and developing project workplans and timelines

·        Work with the Managing Director of Research and Evaluation and other department and HRiA staff to assist in writing proposals for new business development

·        Providing logistical and organizational support for research projects (e.g., logistics for conducting focus groups, note-taking during focus groups, etc.)

·        Completing research-related administrative tasks when needed (e.g., formatting reports and proposals, copying and packaging surveys for administration)

·        Attending project meetings, as appropriate, and performing other related duties

·        Participating in some domestic travel (1 to 2 weeklong trips per year) to assist in data collection for specific projects (e.g., facilitating focus groups, survey administration)


·        Master’s degree, preferably with a focus in public health, health policy or health care management or the social sciences, and 1-4 years relevant experience

·        Strong written and analytical skills, including the ability to write about data for non-academic audiences (highest priority)

·        Strong interest and knowledge of research and evaluation methods (both qualitative and quantitative) used in public health, health care and the social sciences

·        Strong interest and knowledge of federal and state health care policies and programs and general health care delivery and funding streams

·        Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills; experience in interview/focus group facilitation preferred

·        Basic knowledge of statistics using a statistical program such as SAS, SPSS, or Stata

·        Experience and skills in project management including developing workplans and working with clients, partners, and a range of stakeholders

·        Knowledge of Microsoft software, specifically MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

·        Spanish language skills preferred, but not required

·        Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse staff and improving public health

·        Calm in a fast-paced, busy environment

·        Able to work independently and as a part of a team

·        Flexibility and a sense of humor

·        A valid driver’s license a plus

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.


HRiA offers an attractive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, tax‐deferred annuity, and generous vacation time. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Diversity in organizational practices is a core value of Health Resources in Action resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

Qualified candidates should apply by clicking on this link: and submitting their resume and cover letter. No phone calls please.