Senior Research Associate

Rockville , MD
Apr 16, 2021
Apr 20, 2021
Analyst, Research
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 principal research associate for its Large Surveys Practice.  This role will provide senior level support and leadership to several major national surveys.  These surveys have complex designs, large-scale data collection activities and extensive data delivery requirements.

Job Responsibilities:
•    Lead and mentor teams including survey managers, survey methodologists, statisticians and researchers.
•    Support the Practice Management team to further business development activities including capture and proposal efforts for new opportunities.
•    Oversee management of data collection operations and quality control activities.
•    Develop and maintain effective client relationships through strategic and highest quality deliverables.

Basic Qualifications:
•    A master's degree in the social sciences, survey methodology or business administration.
•    10 years of experience in survey design and methodological research.
•    Track record of publications and presentations or other activities demonstrating thought leadership in survey research.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    A Ph.D. in the social sciences.
•    Experience designing and monitoring multimode surveys.
•    Experience analyzing interviewer and respondent behavior using computer-assisted recorded interview (CARI) files.

Successful candidates will have strong strategic, analytical, and survey design skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, collaborate, and build relationships with senior executives, colleagues, and stakeholders while being a strong team player and change agent who promotes inclusiveness and flexibility.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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