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Requisition Number 18-0075
Post Date 6/21/2018
Title Sr. Research Associate
City Seattle
State WA

Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and two territories and with more than a dozen tribal nations to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We value diversity and respect for individuals in the workplace.

Job Summary:
The Sr. Research Associate will independently manage and oversee a variety of research projects and dissemination activities and collaborate with others in the field to support a broad research agenda to advance policy, practice, and systems change in child welfare.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Work directly and in close collaboration with Casey staff and jurisdiction leaders, national experts, and constituents to design, plan and coordinate all aspects of research studies including managing multiple projects independently from start to finish. This includes overseeing research contractors and budgets, developing project goals and project design, creating timelines, conducting statistical analyses, and satisfying Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements.
  • Lead dissemination efforts of research products and findings, including but not limited to working directly with external and internal public policy staff, communications directors, other researchers, and child welfare leaders. Package research results for different audiences, including peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, reports, newsletters/listserves, webinars, conference presentations, policy briefs, and other research documents. Make presentations to and lead research briefings with internal and external audiences.
  • Serve as an expert resource to internal groups as well as external constituents, providing varying levels of support and leadership. This may include collaboration on projects, providing training, ongoing oversight, technical assistance and project management.
  • Interface with external and internal Public Policy staff to identify and conduct policy-relevant research, policy analysis, and evaluations. Highlight and summarize the public policy implications of research findings for dissemination.
  • Assist the Research Directors and Managing Director in collaborating and coordinating with other funders and researchers in the field to develop a national research agenda for child welfare. Identify opportunities for leveraging funding and developing partnerships for moving the research agenda forward.
  • Focus on one or more of the following areas:
    • Community indicators, such as risk factors for child maltreatment and community health such as employment, household income, housing
    • Geographic analyses – including geo-mapping.
    • Evaluation of community-based family support intiatives.
  • Represents Research Services at key national meetings to contribute and stay current about developments in the field of policy, practice and research.
  • Supervise one or more Casey Research Services student interns, contractors, and temporary employees. May help supervise one or more Research Analysts on specific projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • PhD in Social Work, Psychology, or other related field preferred, plus 4 years managing or directing research projects in human services. Master’s Degree with 7 years and significant leadership experience may be substituted.
  • Advanced knowledge of research methods (both qualitative and quantitative) and statistical analysis, with a solid grounding in program evaluation. Experience with geographic information systems is preferred.
  • Knowledge of child and family social services, excellent oral and written communication skills and a proven record of writing for different audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multiple evaluative research project(s) in a deadline-driven environment with minimal supervision.
  • Solid working knowledge of various software applications, including Microsoft Office suite and statistical software.
  • This is a regular full-time position that may require travel 20% or more of the time.
  • Ability to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information by learning and following all relevant policies and protocols and using sound judgment in the handling and sharing of that information.
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.
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