Child Welfare and Justice Research Unit Leader

Employer
Westat
Location
MD - Rockville
Posted
Aug 21, 2017
Closes
Oct 04, 2017
Industry
Research
Hours
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 has an immediate opening for a senior researcher and manager to provide leadership for our child welfare and justice research unit.

Job Responsibilities


In addition to providing direction and scientific leadership to the unit of approximately 35 staff, major responsibilities include: shaping the content, methods, and approaches of the unit's portfolio; growing the unit; working collaboratively across Westat and beyond; and designing and directing complex, large-scale social science surveys, evaluations, or other programs as appropriate.

Job Requirements


A Ph.D. in social sciences
15 years of post-doctoral research and management experience in child welfare or justice programs.

Candidates must have extensive experience developing and directing social science research in a consulting environment; a national reputation as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and presentations; a well-established professional network; a history of leading and collaborating on successful proposal efforts, and at least 5 years of experience managing senior staff. The ability to work in a team environment and excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.
 
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.