Research Data Manager (Hybrid)

Rockville , MD
Aug 02, 2022
Aug 21, 2022
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.

Job Summary: 
Westat is seeking a lead Research Data Manager to plan and manage data operations for multimode survey research projects, from the planning stage through data delivery to Westat's clients.

This is a full time position with flexibility for a partial telework arrangement.

Job Responsibilities:
•    Collaborate with technical and project staff as well as Westat's client to plan for and implement data operations for survey research projects.
•    Participate in project leadership team to plan survey data collection, management, post-collection processing, and delivery operations.
•    Develop detailed knowledge of programmed survey instruments, the collected data, and metadata for a variety of studies.
•    Manage teams of research assistants and hourly staff.
•    Write technical specifications for systems, programs, data files, analytic variables, and reports.
•    Manage survey testing and data review, editing, and coding operations.
•    Prepare, document, and perform quality control checks of file sets delivered to Westat's clients.

Basic Qualifications:
•    A bachelor's degree, preferably in a social science with some quantitative depth.
•    At least 8 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    A Master's degree or PhD, preferably in a social science with some quantitative depth.
•    Strong business and technical writing skills.
•    Experience in survey research.
•    Experience managing data operations.
•    Experience in development of end user documentation, including data visualization.

Minimum Qualifications:
•    A demonstrated skill in data operations and data documentation.
•    Excellent communication and analytical skills, strong quantitative aptitude or experience detail oriented and a highly organized approach to work.
•    A strong interest in social science research. 

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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