Senior Study Director - Nutrition - (Hybrid/Virtual)

Rockville , MD
Apr 30, 2022
Jun 10, 2022
Executive, Director
Healthcare, Research
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat has an opening for a Senior Study Director to join the nutrition team in our social policy and economics practice area. This position requires a strong background in the federal food and nutrition programs with expertise in dietary recall methods.

This is a full time position with flexibility for remote and hybrid work arrangements.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Direct and/or manage, as well as collaborate on, the design, implementation, analysis and writing/reporting of both large and small-scale studies
  • Lead planning, data collection, and analysis of dietary data
  • Manage client relations and communications
  • Develop and monitor project budgets
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision

Basic Qualifications:
  • Master's in Nutrition or a related discipline and a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multiple child nutrition and special nutrition programs, such as school meals, CACFP, and WIC
  • Experience with dietary intake data collection methods
  • Experience with nutrient analysis for dietary intake and menus
  • Demonstrated experience as project task lead and/or project director

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with USDA dietary intake software, particularly SurveyNet
  • Outstanding writing skills with substantial track record of publications and presentations with a focus on the areas of food and nutrition
  • Proven ability to contribute to technical writing and budgeting for proposals directed toward federal contracts

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment and handle multiple tasks

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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