Research Associate - Social Policy (Remote)

Employer
Westat
Location
Rockville , MD
Posted
Jun 29, 2022
Closes
Jul 08, 2022
Function
Analyst, Research
Industry
Research
Hours
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.

Job Summary:
Westat is seeking a Research Associate to assist in designing study plans and data collection plans- including developing instruments and identifying secondary data sources, overseeing and participating in data collection, conducting analysis, and contributing to project reports and publications. 

Job Responsibilities: 
•    Supports all stages of research from study design through data collection and management, analysis, and reporting.
•    Conducts robust literature searches and distills the information into an insightful background and understanding section for the topic at hand.
•    Participates in developing data collection plans and the associated instruments and materials.
•    Conducts and oversees data collection efforts which may involve administering surveys, interviews, site visits, observation protocols, and/or acquiring administrative data. 
•    Analyzes data, including both qualitative and quantitative data. 
•    Contributes to reports and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. 
•    Participates in presentations at conferences and other meetings. 
•    Participates in proposal writing.

Basic Qualifications:
•    A Master's degree in the public policy or a social science discipline, such as sociology, economics, political science, psychology or in analytical methods such as statistics.
•    A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Expertise in either quantitative or qualitative research methods.
•    Experience drafting content for technical documents (such as literature review summaries, study plans, methodology reports, findings reports.) 
•    Experience using Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) to produce visually-appealing reports, tables, graphs, and presentation slides. 
•    Experience developing analysis plans and overseeing analysis. 
•    Experience managing large datasets and conducting analyses using statistical software (such as SAS, Stata, or R) or qualitative software such as Nivo.

Minimum Qualifications: 
•    Excellent communication and organizational skills.
•    Ability to take initiative and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
•    Detail-oriented and work well in a fast-paced team environment. 
•    Submission of a writing sample.

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 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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