Senior Study Director-Direct to Consumer Advertising

MD - Rockville
May 25, 2017
Aug 31, 2017
Executive, Director
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.

Job Summary

Westat is seeking a Senior Study Director to help continue building a team focusing on direct-to-consumer advertising research. The content of our work involves experimental studies examining health risks and health communications.

Job Responsibilities

· Contributing knowledge and expertise in experimental social psychology for various research efforts. Specific background in health-related areas (e.g., public health, risk communication, health communication), a plus.
· Thinking creatively to solve communication and public health problems through research, innovation, and application.
· Providing client account management to understand needs, manage expectations, and build long-term relationships (including proposal writing and business development activities).
· Overseeing the design, execution, and interpretation of research across a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
· Disseminating research findings to a variety of audiences to develop, improve, and evaluate communication materials and programs.
· Building new relationships with agencies, business partners and universities to support current and future work.

Job Requirements

· A PhD in experimental social psychology
· 8-10 years of experience managing federal contracts
· Quantitative and qualitative research experience
· Publications and presentations in health/risk communications
· Experience writing government proposals
· Experience in developing budgets
· Supervisory experience
· Experience in managing the development of stimuli for communication testing
· Experience analyzing data using standard software packages (e.g. SPSS, SAS or R)

Westat offers competitive benefits with ESOP, 401k, Health, Dental, paid vacation, sick and holiday leave, professional development as well as other benefits.

Any offer of employment may be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a post-offer background screening, if required for the position, based on the specific position which may include, for example, identity verification, employment history, or criminal records history.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under applicable law.


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