Principal Research Associate - Impact & Evaluation -Remote

Rockville , MD
Nov 11, 2021
Feb 10, 2022
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.

This role may be based in Rockville, Maryland, San Antonio, Texas, or remote.

Westat's Education Studies Practice is seeking an experienced evaluation researcher to lead education evaluations and proposals. You will bring:

• Experience successfully directing large-scale impact or implementation evaluations for federal agencies.
• A strong track record of winning large-scale evaluation proposals.
• Subject matter expertise in important topics in education (e.g., educator effectiveness, low-performing schools, students with disabilities, and college access for disadvantaged youth).

Job responsibilities include:
• Leading large or multiple small evaluation projects.
• Reviewing and ensuring the quality of project deliverables.
• Overseeing projects' financial management and reporting.
• Serving as a subject matter expert for education projects.
• Communicating results to broad audiences including policymakers and practitioners through written and oral presentations.
• Mentoring staff on evaluation projects and proposals.
• Identifying and advancing business opportunities.
• Identifying external partnerships for proposals and business opportunities.
• Leading and reviewing technical and business proposals.

Basic Qualifications:
• Master's or doctoral degree in a social science field (e.g., economics, education, psychology, public policy, or sociology).
• 10 or more years of experience in education research.
• Experience serving as a project director, deputy project director, or principal investigator on at least one evaluation for the Institute of Education Sciences.
• US Citizenship is required by contract.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Doctoral degree in a social science field (e.g., economics, education, psychology, public policy, or sociology)
• Demonstrated success in leading winning proposals for large-scale impact or implementation evaluations.
• Demonstrated success in leading large-scale impact or implementation evaluations.

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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