Senior Study Director

Rockville, MD
Apr 24, 2019
May 17, 2019
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 who will work as a senior survey methodologist. You will be joining an interdisciplinary team of leading survey managers, methodologists, statisticians, and researchers on school and household based studies that assess knowledge and skills of students and adults. These studies have major national U.S. components as well as international activities. For the domestic components, the senior survey director works closely with project directors in managing design, protocol development, recruitment and training of interviewers and assessors, and data collection activities, informing these tasks with a survey methods perspective. For international contracts, the senior study director may also be assigned responsibilities in survey operations, logistics, and quality control.

Job Responsibilities:

· Responsible for various stages of projects as assigned, from design through data collection, reporting, and data delivery.

· Monitoring project schedules and costs.

· Supervising staff.

· Interacting with clients.

Basic Qualifications:

· A Ph.D. in psychology, sociology, survey methods, or a related social science field with 8 years of relevant experience is required.

· Experience as a project director leading all phases of survey and/or evaluation research is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

· Experience managing professional staff on survey projects.

· Experience developing technical and cost proposals.

· Experience monitoring project costs.

· Experience working in a contracting environment.

· Experience collecting and analyzing data from administrative and primary sources.

Candidates should have detailed understanding and demonstrated successful track record establishing and maintaining strong client relationships. Demonstrated success managing and writing winning grant and/or contract proposals and implementing projects. Demonstrated success producing high-quality research products as evidenced by a substantial record of publications and/or reports. You should be able to work in a team environment and have excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.

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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