Lead Research Associate -Hybrid

Rockville , MD
Mar 10, 2023
Mar 24, 2023
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Job Description:

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 researcher to assist in project management, evaluation design, data analysis, and business development- including overseeing small- to medium-size projects and tasks, developing evaluation design plans, conducting analysis, contributing to project reports and publications, and managing proposals.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Manages small- to medium-sized evaluation projects.
  • 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.
  • 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 and proposal management.

Basic Qualifications:
  • A Master's degree in the public policy or a social science discipline, such as sociology, economics, political science or psychology.
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant experience supporting projects in labor, community service, and military and Veterans issues.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working on contracts for federal government agencies.
  • Content knowledge in the areas of employment and training, disability employment policy, worker protections, and Veterans' transition and employment
  • Experience in quantitative 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).
  • Experience managing proposals.

Other Required Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated communication skills
  • Collaboration with teams, managers and/or clients
  • Organization skills, including time management ability
  • Ability to take initiative and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Detail-oriented and work well in a fast-paced team environment.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Subject to plan requirements, 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

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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