Principal Research Associate - Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health

Rockville , MD
Apr 29, 2023
Jun 09, 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.

This is a remote eligible role.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in maternal, child and adolescent health research in a federal government contract setting. You will be responsible for leading project management, evaluation research, community engagement, strategic planning and business development. 

Job Responsibilities:
•    Lead qualitative and/or quantitative research, including major input to study design, instrument development, data collection, analysis, and report writing. 
•    Lead strategic planning and coordination across multiple initiatives and cross-functional project teams.
•    Serve as a subject-matter expert to projects. 
•    Provide operational support, overseeing and monitoring project costs as well as financial performance. 
•    Manage client relationships, delivering strategic council and troubleshooting project-related issues.
•    Lead and participate in business development activities including capture and proposal development. Contribute to report results for publication in peer-reviewed and technical journals.

Basic Qualifications
•    DrPH, PhD or ScD with a minimum of 5 years of public health experience
•    Experience managing federal project budgets, schedules and project teams
•    Experience in health equity and community engaged research in a government contracting setting
•    Maternal, child and adolescent research background with technical assistance and evaluation experience
•    In depth knowledge of public health programs, policies, research, infrastructure, and current issues and best practices 

Preferred Qualifications
•    Experience working in or collaborating with academic institutions 
•    Familiarity with implementation science research 
•    Experience working in diverse communities
•    Ability to communicate effectively, using generally accepted correspondence and report formats.

Minimum Qualifications
• Demonstrated communication skills
• Collaboration with teams, managers and/or clients 
• Organization skills, including time management ability 
• Detail oriented

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 (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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