Research Associate, Research, Evaluation and Data

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Starting salary is commensurate with experience

Published

10/09/2018

Address

701 St. Paul Street
Baltimore
MD
21202
United States

Description

Position Summary

Reporting to the director of Research and Evaluation, the research associate will support the work of senior staff in the areas of research, evaluation and performance management. The research associate will also lead analysis of quantitative data and production of in-house analytical reports that support cross-Foundation efforts to develop new investment areas and strengthen the Foundation’s use of quantitative data for planning and management.  


Responsibilities

• Support senior research associates in managing research and evaluation projects in the fields of human and social service system reform, economic opportunity and community change, including self-, community-engaged and professional third-party evaluation, literature reviews, surveys, qualitative studies and administrative records research

• Support the ongoing development and operation of a Foundation-wide performance management and reporting system for programmatic portfolios and grants 

• Support unit-wide planning and management by conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses and preparing reports and presentations, including supporting senior staff in developing and refining REED’s overall approach to grant making and technical assistance

• Work with staff and grantees and staff to produce quantitative and qualitative data products and reports to guide in-house planning and management of new investment areas 

• Produce literature reviews and data analyses to support the Foundation’s data-driven, research-based policy reform efforts, program innovations and advocacy campaigns

• Initiate and monitor grants, contracts and invoices to ensure compliance and timely completion of grant and contract requirements


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Qualifications

• Minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field along with five to seven years of related experience; ideally holds a master’s degree with at least three years of related experience 

• Strong analytical ability and experience in producing clearly written materials and quantitative reports for practice and policy audiences

• Quantitative and qualitative research skills and experience in fields such as social science, public policy or education

• Strong organizational, project management and presentation skills

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively in multidisciplinary teams

• Ability to work on a self-directed basis and as part of a team


Essential Skills and Abilities

• Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with particular expertise in communicating research findings, data and issues to nonresearch audiences 

• Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills and experience with mixed methods and statistical analysis; proficiency in Microsoft Excel essential

• Familiarity with data-collection and analytical methods, as well as designs used in evaluating social programs and policies

• Computer skills that encompass databases designed for routine grants management, reporting and correspondence

• Substantive knowledge and expertise in relevant areas such as youth development, economic opportunity, community change and human and social service systems practice and policy

• Familiarity with relevant national databases, ongoing studies and technical trends

• Ability to appropriately prioritize among multiple competing demands in a manner consistent with the REED mission of promoting data-driven, research-based decision making within the Foundation and in the field 

• Sound judgment, including a demonstrated capacity to support and lead effectively when working with Foundation leaders, senior researchers, policymakers, consumers and advocates 

• Organizational, analytical and planning skills that can sustain the multifaceted work of complicated initiatives, as well as the specific activities of individual grantees and sites

• Willingness and aptitude to work effectively in an environment of collective decision making and cross-disciplinary cooperation 

• Ability to act as translator and liaison between research grantees and contractors and colleagues in the Foundation’s program units

• Independence and initiative to anticipate and act on the needs of grantees and the goals of the Foundation, in ongoing consultation with the director


Benefits

A strong benefits package will be provided.


Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Recruitment@aecf.org
http://www.aecf.org

Please apply online at www.aecf.org/about/jobs

For additional information, contact:

Jestine May, Human Resources Specialist

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

503 N. Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

410.547.6600


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