Senior Study Director-Justice Research

Rockville , MD
Aug 07, 2019
Nov 22, 2019
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 has an immediate opening for a senior study director to join our team of leading researchers in justice studies conducting survey and evaluation studies on juvenile placement, institutional and community corrections, alternative sanctions, victim assistance, victim services, victims of human trafficking, restorative justice, police in schools, gang prevention and intervention programs, and other law enforcement studies, and community courts, drug courts, mental health courts, veteran's courts, and/or family courts.


Job Responsibilities:

· Responsible for all stages of projects from research design through data collection, analysis, and reporting. 

· Manage project budgets, developing technical, staffing, and cost proposals.

· Keep the project on schedule and within budget.

· Leadership role in business development and writing proposals.

· Supervising staff, and interacting with clients.


Basic Qualifications:

· A master's degree in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, or a related social science field with 10 years of relevant justice experience, or a Ph.D. with 7 years of relevant experience is required.

· Experience leading survey and/or evaluation research is required. 


Preferred Qualifications:

· Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

· Experience managing project budgets, developing technical, staffing, and cost proposals.

· Experience working in a contracting environment.

· Experience collecting and analyzing data from administrative and primary sources (agencies, individuals)

· Experience disseminating research findings to a variety of audiences.

· Experience with justice agencies, justice service providers, offenders, and/or victims.


Candidates should have detailed understanding and demonstrated successful track record establishing and maintaining strong client relationships. Demonstrated success managing 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. Candidates should describe their role on successful proposals and on the projects awarded. 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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