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Job Title: Research Director
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Organization: CorStone
Posted: 1/2/2019
Type: Full-Time
Classification: International Health
Industry: Non Profit / NGO
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Baltimore,  MD    USA
Position Description: The Research Director is responsible for helping CorStone to achieve the interrelated goals of: 1) conducting rigorous research on psychological resilience programs among marginalized populations worldwide; 2) increasing the visibility of this research; 3) catalyzing a community of practice around resilience programs worldwide; and 4) shaping the discourse around psychosocial resilience and marginalized populations on a global scale.

Accordingly, the Research Director guides the strategy and implementation of high quality, responsive, and timely research and evaluation activities that support the internal operations and program functions of CorStone’s projects worldwide. Additionally, the Research Director is responsible for the strategy and implementation of the establishment of a community of practice and thought leadership, based on dissemination of publications, visibility of results, bringing stakeholders together, and building the knowledge base surrounding resilience in marginalized populations worldwide, supporting CorStone’s thought leadership in this field.

CorStone’s Research Director must have a strong base of coordination and technical skills that can be flexibly adapted to meet the needs of numerous different internal and external stakeholders. The Director must provide outstanding leadership; communicate professionally; and work effectively with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort to attain organizational and programmatic goals and objectives.

Responsibilities: * Oversees the evaluation and research activities in the field related to the implementation of CorStone’s projects. * Manages all aspects of CorStone’s research projects including preparation of protocols and study instruments, the IRB and ethical review process, data collection, and data analysis. * Serves as main lead from CorStone in the successful implementation of its 3-year external impact evaluation of the Youth First program currently underway in India. This will include revisions (if any) required to the protocol, and engaging successfully with an external evaluator, data collection firm and technical advisory group. * Develops training materials and trains field staff in application of evaluation tools; ensures the quality with which these items are implemented. * Develops data collection policies and practices and monitors uniform data collection compliance and quality across project sites. * Reviews the quality of evaluation data collected by CorStone and takes corrective action in cases where there are lacunae through training of staff or overseeing processes to correct gaps in data collections. * Produces reports of quantitative and qualitative data using process and outcome data for CorStone internal use and for submission to CorStone’s funders * Stays at the forefront of research regarding psychological resilience in marginalized populations and related topics and ensures this knowledge is shared internally via trainings, integration into curricula, etc. * Disseminates findings for CorStone’s projects to a wider audience by leading the production and submission of manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals, submission of abstracts to national and international conferences, and creation of white papers for broad practitioner dissemination. * Brings together stakeholders strategically to build communities of practice surrounding resilience in marginalized populations, through convenings or other means. * Carries out pre- and post-analysis from assessments of different projects. These assessments can be of the effectiveness of CorStone’s projects implemented in school or community settings, or specific elements of the projects, such as teacher training. * Writes and/or contributes to proposals as necessary to fund or initiate research evaluation or special projects. * Manages research and evaluation staff (primarily in India), providing ongoing coaching, feedback and support to build their capacity to further the mission of the organization. * Serves as part of the organization’s leadership team and contributes to the development and execution of strategic decisions.

Qualifications: Requirements: * Master’s degree required, doctoral degree preferred in public health, psychology, social sciences or other similar discipline. Preference for expertise in positive psychology and/or resilience interventions and research. * Extensive experience managing and implementing research projects in low-resource settings. Experience in Southeast Asia and/or African countries preferred. * Strong analytical skills, including expertise in the modeling and analysis of data. * Demonstrated record of initiative, problem solving, and adaptability * Strong listening, communication, and collaboration skills. Experience working effectively in cross-cultural, international teams and settings. * Ability to think strategically, remaining focused on goals and objectives * High level of organization and attention to detail * Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, be persistent, and solve problems as they arise. Strong oral and written communication skills. * Advanced computer skills, particularly with STATA, R or other data analysis program. * Embody the values of caring, respect and empowerment for all people without regard to class, gender, community, religion or regional/national origin. * Ability and willingness to travel internationally. * Preferred location: Baltimore, DC or other East Coast (negotiable).

Organization Description: About the Organization CorStone, a US-based non-profit organization, works to develop and implement resilience-based interventions to improve the health, education, and self-sufficiency of marginalized youth around the world. CorStone has a subsidiary, CorStone India Foundation, operating from New Delhi, and works with partner organizations in different states of India and also in Kenya. For more information about CorStone visit

Closing Date: 4/2/2019
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Contact Name: Kate Leventhal,  Research Director
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How to Apply: How To Apply Send a detailed cover letter and CV to Kate Leventhal at with the words “Research Director Application” in the subject line. If you are interested, please apply without delay, as we expect a short hiring timeline. Due to the volume of applications expected, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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