Purpose: The Research Associate position participates in all aspects of program evaluation, research design and implementation, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting and dissemination for projects that involve public health-related assessment, research, and evaluation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Evaluation & Research Project Activities: Independently applies research and evaluation frameworks within community- based settings, including research design, qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, data analysis, and reporting. Leads the development of qualitative and quantitative data collection protocols and instruments, as well as data collection processes and management procedures, including monitoring and quality assurance within varying study designs. Supports the construction of evaluation plans, data analysis plans, and is proficient in performing and interpreting both qualitative and quantitative analyses, including descriptive, inferential, and multivariate statistics. Participates in preparing project-related technical reports, study briefs, manuscripts, presentations, trainings, and other written materials as needed. • Supporting Community Partners: Assists in the development, design, and creation of products that support community partners with implementing community-based research and evaluation, performance management, quality improvement, and community assessment. Independently plans and leads presentations and facilitation activities, as appropriate. Provides project collaborators and community partners personalized training and technical assistance in evaluation, data collection, and performance management. Exercises professionalism, skill, and comfort in interfacing with community partners, clients and potential clients. • Project Development Responsibilities: Remains current on literature in areas that are relevant to the program and current projects. Participates in project development activities, including the identification, conceptualization, writing and production of proposals. Conducts and writes literature reviews to inform proposals. Creates and nurtures relationships with partners and identifies opportunities for collaboration on new projects. • Administrative/MPHI Responsibilities: Assists in development and implementation of project work plans, preparation of IRB application materials, timelines, and reports as needed. Travels as needed both in-state and out-of-state. Presents project results and participates in project meetings as needed. Maintains a positive, strong, credible, professional interpersonal relationship with all parties of MPHI projects, and represents the best interest of MPHI at all times.
Education: Minimum Master’s degree in public health, family studies, human ecology, evaluation measurement and research, childhood development, community psychology, sociology, social work, or relevant social science discipline.
Experience: Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in evaluation and/or community- based research, including methodological design, data collection, database management, statistical analysis, technical report writing, and dissemination.
Important Skills and Characteristics: Strong organizational and problem solving skills including the ability to manage multiple tasks and respond to overlapping deadlines. Ability to work independently, analyze project needs, and monitor progress toward completion of tasks. Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communications skills; a positive attitude and professional demeanor; interest in learning and mastering new information and skills; ability to function as a productive member of a team; and flexibility and adaptability to a fast-paced work environment. Advanced computer skills are required and include: experience and expertise in the use of word processors (MS Word), spreadsheet programs (MS Excel), Statistical analysis (SPSS), database (MS Access), and graphical presentations (MS PowerPoint). Work Environment and Physical Requirements: The position may require moderate physical effort including working with a PC at least 75% of the time. Standard office environment. May require valid vehicle operator’s license and/or travel.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS: None.
IMPACT ON PROJECTS, SERVICES AND OPERATIONS The Research Associate directly impacts the quality of products, and the performance of project teams to which they are assigned. Competent performance in this position has a substantial impact on the integrity and professional reputation of MPHI, including meetings the needs of MPHI clients in a timely manner, maintaining professional relationships, and enhancing the future potential future contracts with clients.