Senior Study Director

Rockville, VA
May 18, 2022
Jun 09, 2022
Executive, Director
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 is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Westat is seeking a Senior Study Director to join the Large Surveys Practice (LSP). It's an exciting opportunity to bring your methodological and healthcare policy and economics expertise to play a strategic role in continuing to expand our portfolio of health and healthcare research. We are seeking a dynamic leader with a passion for mentorship and collaboration to lead and contribute to research studies, contracts, and proposals as part of a multidisciplinary team of data analysts, survey methodologists, operations managers, and social scientists.

Job Responsibilities:
• Lead key quantitative projects and studies for a variety of governmental agencies; guide and oversee analyses designed to answer research questions about health care policy topics.
• Provide subject matter and methodological expertise regarding research design and implementation, data analyses, and communicating findings to clients.
• Contribute to and lead business development efforts to expand LSP's footprint with government agencies, including leading and managing proposals and grant applications.
• Synthesize analytic results and communicate them via reports, white papers, memos, presentations, and client interactions.
• Conduct health policy research and background research to understand the policy context relevant to conducting analyses.
• Grow the LSP research team through the development of junior staff and supporting a diverse culture.
• Develop and maintain key partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to advance strategic initiatives.

Basic Qualifications:
• PhD in economics, social sciences, health care services research or another relevant quantitative discipline and 10 years of relevant experience. Experience should include leading or managing studies or large key tasks on projects for federal or state clients.
• Expertise in successfully leading and managing complex quantitative research tasks or projects.
• Expertise in relevant statistical software (SAS, Stata, SQL, R etc.).

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with AHRQ, CDC, or CMS strongly preferred.

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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