Principal Research Associate - Education/Social Policy - REMOTE

Rockville , MD
Mar 15, 2023
Mar 31, 2023
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's Education Studies (ES) and Social Policy and Economic Studies (SPER) Practices seek an experienced researcher to lead research, evaluations, and proposals. You will bring:

• Experience successfully directing large-scale studies for federal education and social policy agencies.
• A strong track record of winning large-scale proposals with Federal education and social policy agencies.
• Subject matter expertise in topics related to education, employment and training, and/or food assistance programs. 

Job responsibilities include:
• Leading large or multiple small research projects.
• Reviewing and ensuring the quality of project deliverables.
• Overseeing projects' financial management and reporting.
• Serving as a subject matter expert for education and social policy projects.
• Communicating results to broad audiences including policymakers and practitioners through written and oral presentations.
• Mentoring staff on projects and proposals.
• Identifying and advancing business opportunities.
• Identifying external partnerships for proposals and business opportunities.
• Leading and reviewing technical and business proposals.

Basic Qualifications:
• Master's degree in a social science field (e.g., economics, education, psychology, public policy, or sociology).
• 10 or more years of experience in public policy research.
• Experience serving as a project director or principal investigator federally-funded research in education and/or social policy.
• US Citizenship is required by contract.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Doctoral degree in a social science field (e.g., economics, education, psychology, public policy, or sociology)
• Demonstrated success in leading winning proposals for Federal education and/or social policy research
• Demonstrated success in leading large-scale projects

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 (15 days per year)
  • Sick Leave (10 days per year)
  • Holiday Leave (7 government holidays and 2 floating holidays)
  • 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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