Social Scientist

Employer
Business Strategy Consultants, LLC
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Oct 12, 2017
Closes
Oct 16, 2017
Function
Accountant, IT
Industry
Science
Hours
Full Time
Business Strategy Consultants seeks experienced social scientists to work on research and evaluation activities. This position will support the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)'s Division of Family Strengthening in the US Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), with particular focus on research and evaluation related to healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood. 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. Areas of focus include Head Start, child care, welfare, employment and self-sufficiency, child abuse and neglect, responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage, maternal and infant home visiting, and youth services. OPRE includes approximately sixty staff, 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. The position will support federal staff and carry out responsibilities related to supporting research and evaluation activities related to human service programs. Responsibilities will include: Assist federal staff in oversight of research contracts and grants from inception through completion of satisfactory report and dissemination of results. Work with federal staff and existing grantees and contractors in identifying emerging issues and questions in need of new research, synthesis, or interpretation for policy decision-making. Coordinate collaborative efforts among grantees, contractors, other researchers in the field, and federal staff to promote sharing of research findings, methodologies, and measurement approaches. 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. Provide expertise to OPRE around data analysis and research methodologies. Perform other related duties as assigned. The incumbent will support the Division of Family Strengthening (DFS). This Division includes work around healthy marriage; responsible fatherhood; teen pregnancy prevention; domestic violence; youth development; maternal, infant and early childhood home visitation; and child welfare. The incumbent will assist DFS staff to manage research activities and cross-divisional and cross-agency work. More specifically, the Division requires support by a social scientist with expertise in research and policies related to marriage and relationship education with low-income couples or youth, or healthy marriage or responsible fatherhood programs as funded by ACF. The individual should have expertise related to the research and evaluation of one or more of these fields. The individual should have strong evaluation methodology skills including both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses. The individual will ideally have experience with impact evaluation, including randomized trials in human service settings. The incumbent will (1) use knowledge of youth development, family systems and economic self-sufficiency, research and evaluation methodology, and statistics to assist staff in preparing program announcements or requests for proposals, (2) assist federal staff in communicating with research grantees and contractors and coordinating research consortium or other research activities, (3) serve as liaison between OPRE staff and grantees and contractors to ensure quality, timeliness, and inclusion of ACF's goals and priorities and recommend actions to be taken, (4) plan and accomplish assignments in support of OPRE staff, (5) provide guidance to federal staff on statistical and technical issues related to ongoing research projects, (6) prepare and present oral presentations of OPRE research at local and national conferences, (7) prepare a variety of position papers, issue analysis, written comments, briefing documents, and fact sheets concerning data, research findings, and program operations, (8) identify opportunities for collaborative activities across program areas and agencies.