Research Assistant

Employer
Business Strategy Consultants, LLC
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Sep 11, 2017
Closes
Sep 18, 2017
Function
Analyst, Research
Industry
Research
Hours
Full Time
Business Strategy Consultants seeks research assistant positions to support research and evaluation activities of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF). OPRE conducts rigorous research and evaluation for improving child and family well-being. The Office studies ACF's social services programs and the low-income and at-risk children and families they serve. OPRE includes approximately sixty staff members, primarily research and evaluation specialists. The Office oversees a portfolio of approximately $150 million in grants and contracts. Information on ACF is available at www.acf.hhs.gov. Information on OPRE is available at www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/index.html. Each of the positions may support a different division within OPRE as follows: Division of Child and Family Development (DCFD) focuses on child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, and child abuse and neglect. Division of Economic Independence (DEI) focuses on welfare, employment, and family self-sufficiency. Division of Family Strengthening (DFS) focuses on teen pregnancy prevention, youth development, healthy marriage, responsible fatherhood, family violence, runaway and homeless youth, and home visiting. Division of Data and Improvement (DDI) focuses on increasing the quality, usefulness, sharing, and analysis of data to improve ACF programs and program participants' outcomes. The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research and Evaluation provides broad guidance for OPRE, as well as administrative and budget support. The positions will support federal staff and carry out responsibilities related to supporting research and evaluation activities related to human service programs. Responsibilities will include: Provide both administrative and substantive support to federal staff overseeing research contracts and grants. Work with federal staff and existing grantees and contractors to identify emerging issues and questions in need of new research, synthesis, or interpretation for policy decision-making. Coordinate efforts among grantees, contractors, other researchers in the field, and federal staff to promote sharing of research findings, methodologies, and measurement approaches. Conduct literature, website, and document reviews as needed Conduct ad hoc quantitative analyses of administrative data with support from federal staff. Develop written products as requested including one-page summaries, briefs, and other types of documents. Monitor new and emerging research relevant to ACF programs and assist federal staff in coordinating the integration of research into current projects and future planning. Support federal staff in administrative tasks. Perform other related duties as assigned. Candidates should have the following: Strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills Ability to be detail-oriented and self-motivated and to prioritize and balance a diverse workload Ability to work independently and as part of a team Interest in research and evaluation in one or more of OPRE's fields of study Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods While not required, experience using statistical software packages like SPSS, SAS, or Stata is a plus Location This position will be located in Washington, DC. Qualifications A Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Family Studies, Psychology, Public Policy, Public Health, Sociology, Social Work, Human Development, or related fields. Experience with and interest in research, program evaluation, and knowledge of policies and programs affecting children and families served by ACF programs is preferred. The salary will be $56,500 to $60,000 depending on experience, skills and capability of the candidate. Although a full time staff is preferred, highly qualified part-time applicants will be considered. Business Strategy Consultants provides the following employee benefits: Paid Time Off Paid Holidays Health Insurances Short Term Disability Insurance Long Term Disability Insurance Life Insurance 401K Retirement Plan Employee Assistance Program A Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Family Studies, Psychology, Public Policy, Public Health, Sociology, Social Work, Human Development, or related fields. Experience with and interest in research, program evaluation, and knowledge of policies and programs affecting children and families served by ACF programs is preferred. Although a full time staff is preferred, highly qualified part-time applicants will be considered.