Senior Research Analyst

Working from home
Sep 14, 2022
Sep 26, 2022
Full Time
Job Summary

Aptive is currently seeking a Research Analyst with experience conducting market research to identify audience motivations and beliefs and inform brand strategy. The Research Analyst will be responsible for managing the data collection and evaluation process to make highly informed, evidence-based marketing and outreach recommendations in support of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The Research Analyst ultimately will help increase enrollment and retention in WIC, while reducing disparities in program access and delivery.

This position requires proven experience conducting formative and evaluative research, facilitating focus groups, and using evidence-based methodologies to measure participants' awareness, understanding, attitudes, and preferences. The successful candidate will be highly organized, systematic and proactive in delivering materials and meeting client expectations within a fast-paced environment. He/she will also be able to translate research findings into actionable insights and make recommendations for the client.

This full-time position is located in Alexandria, VA. This position may also be remote. Note, travel may be required.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with the project management team to ensure operational effectiveness and quality.
  • Support U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) mission to increase nutrition security and reduce hunger by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet and nutrition education in a way that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.
  • Use traditional, digital and web-based platforms to gather data, conduct interviews, and hold focus groups with the intention of measuring customer awareness, understanding, and perceptions of USDA, FNS, and WIC.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research on emerging and appropriate digital media trends, tactics, and strategies with special attention to targeted audiences including pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, parents/guardians of children under 5 years old, low-income Americans, and LEP consumer audiences.
  • Leverage auditing, benchmarking and segmentation best practices to reveal additional insights and make recommendations.
  • Support cost-effective and innovative methodologies to optimize research efforts.
  • Monitor and control research-related activities, including planning, implementation, and integration of consumer research.
  • Track and report findings from each research effort accurately, consistently and efficiently.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 8 years of experience conducting and evaluating both qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a public trust clearance.
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Experience managing data and reporting needs of multiple stakeholders and working across teams.
  • Deep experience using virtual platforms such as MS Teams and Zoom.
  • Ability to assign key performance indicators (KPIs) to newly established projects.

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to get up to speed quickly on complex issues; desire to work in a fast-paced, rapidly evolving environment.
  • Strategic thinker with a drive to get all types of work done and a high attention to detail.
  • Experience with federal agencies, ideally USDA.
  • Excellent ability to communicate across all mediums and settings; superior consulting abilities.
  • Experience working in/with historically underserved communities, with audiences including pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, parents/guardians of children under 5 years old, low-income Americans, and LEP consumer audiences
  • Experience supporting large cabinet-level federal agencies.

About Aptive

Aptive is a modern federal consulting firm focused on human experience, digital services, and business transformation. We harness creativity, technology, and culture to connect people and systems to impact the world. We're advisors, strategists, and engineers focused on people, above all else.

We believe in generating success collaboratively, leaving client organizations stronger after every engagement and building trust for the next big challenge. Our work inspires people, fuels change and makes an impact. Join our team to be part of positive change in your community and our nation.

EEO Statement

Aptive is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, parental status, veteran status, age, disability, or any other protected class.

Veterans, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and transitioning active-duty service members are highly encouraged to apply.

COVID 19 Vaccine Statement

This position supports a federal government contract and is subject to government vaccination mandates or other customer vaccination requirements. All new hires are required to report their vaccination status and proof of vaccination, or an adjudicated accommodation may be required for employment.

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