Research Technical Staff

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience
Nov 23, 2021
Dec 10, 2021
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Research Program Manager

The George Mason University Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP), housed within the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, invites applications for a Research Program Manager to work for the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (W/B HIDTA) Program in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Position:

This position will serve as the Co-Director of a multi-phase research project investigating the illicit drug markets within five major U.S. cities: 1) Baltimore, MD, 2) New York City, NY, 3) Cleveland, OH, 4) Salt Lake City, UT, and 5) Portland, OR. These five cities are geographically diverse and located within five separate HIDTA regions throughout the U.S.: Washington/Baltimore; New York/New Jersey; Ohio, Rocky Mountain, and Oregon/Idaho, respectively.

This research project will provide an in-depth look into the business operations of drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) by using multiple qualitative and quantitative data sources. Borrowing from the fields of economics, business management and administration, this innovative research will analyze the dynamics and innerworkings of DTOs in order to understand their business models and identify their greatest vulnerabilities. This information will then be used to design effective strategies for law enforcement to reduce the drug supply and decrease drug demand; thereby, reducing overdose deaths. This project will also provide significant opportunities to identify areas for collaboration among public health, behavioral health, and harm reduction partners and ultimately, link people who use drugs (PWUD) with treatment or care.

The project Co-Director should be enthusiastic about the research process, have a demonstrated proficiency with qualitative research and analysis, have a general interest in law enforcement, drug trafficking organizations, and their business operations, be able to thrive in a fast-paced setting, and succeed while working in a collaborative environment.



  • Serve as the primary liaison of the research project with CDC. Tasks include: Track progress across portfolio of projects to ensure study milestones are met; prepare progress reports; exercise independent judgement and decision-making; support and mentor program staff when guidance is needed.

  • Provide oversight and management of research portfolio. Tasks include: Train and supervise research staff on methods of analysis and implementation; mentor and manage junior team members on projects; coordinate and support subcontractors and stakeholders; lead team meetings and discussions driving research project design and implementation; ensure timely progress is made on all projects in the research portfolio; and troubleshoot issues that arise.

  • Lead collaboration efforts. Tasks include: Coordinate work and efforts to ensure effective communications between project staff and research partners (i.e., Other HIDTA Directors, stakeholders); coordinate work and efforts to ensure effective communications between W/B HIDTA, CDC, and external partners (i.e., other regional HIDTAs, other Federal partners, Universities, research partners, etc.); organize and prepare reports, meetings, and other internal and external communications.

  • Manage grant award activities. Tasks include: Co-lead pre-award activities and ensure progress is made toward deadlines for submission, review, and evaluation of research awards, grant proposals, NOFAs, solicitations, and other award activities; liaise with George Mason University's Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) to complete the required Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements and other relevant departments; and maintain research compliance records.

  • Translation. Tasks include: Draft and revise scientific writing for a variety of contexts, to include the translation into digestible content for the general audience, as well as manage team progress toward deadlines. Such platforms include: grant proposals, abstracts/manuscripts, public dissemination products, social media postings, academic journals, conference presentations, and news media outlets.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in business, economics, public health, social sciences, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Considerable (typically 5+ years) experience with project coordination related to research/evaluation/program management or public health in academia, industry, or government;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work and collaborate within and across teams both inside and outside the organization;
  • Ability to work effectively in an interagency environment with federal, state, and local law enforcement and/or drug intelligence analysis;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with both quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Proficiency with statistical software (e.g., Stata, SPSS, R, SAS);
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, to allow for the ability to prioritize competing demands and manage a growing research team;
  • Professionalism, maturity, and experience working with people from diverse identities, affiliations, and settings;
  • Familiarity with public health and public safety policies and practices;
  • Experience with critically reviewing and summarizing literature, interpreting research results, and drafting reports and scholarly products in a variety of formats for dissemination;
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance; and
  • Travel is expected for this position (25%, once allowed).

About the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP):

The CEBCP, founded in 2008, seeks to make scientific research a key component in decisions about crime and justice policies. The CEBCP carries out this mission by advancing rigorous studies in criminal justice and criminology through research-practice collaborations, and proactively serving as an informational and translational link to practitioners and the policy community.

About the HIDTA Program:

Created by Congress in 1988, the National HIDTA Program is a Federal grant program administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to provide resources that assist Federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and public health efforts to address regional drug threats with the purpose of reducing drug trafficking and drug production in the United States in order to save lives. The HIDTA program oversees 33 regional HIDTAs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. With HIDTA presence in over 600 counties across the country, an estimated two-thirds of Americans live in a HIDTA-designated county. The goals of the W/B HIDTA Program are to disrupt the market for illegal drugs by dismantling and disrupting drug trafficking and/or money laundering organizations; and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of HIDTA initiatives in support of the National Drug Control Strategy. The Research Program enhances the effectiveness of the regional HIDTA programs through a collaborative effort to further explore drug threats and vulnerabilities in order to design effective strategies for intervention to combat the drug threat nationally.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .

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