Reproductive Health and Family Formation (RHFF) Area
In RHFF, we engage in work that (1) expands our understanding of the origins of families and the related implications for parent and child wellbeing and (2) informs family-related policy and programmatic efforts to improve child, adolescent, and young adult outcomes. Our multi-disciplinary team has expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research; intervention development and measurement design; program evaluation; policy design; research communications; and technical assistance. Our work is concentrated in the following topical areas:
- Sexual and reproductive health: sexual activity, contraceptive use, healthy relationships, sexually transmitted infections, and the fertility of teens and young adults.
- Family formation: romantic relationship formation (dating, cohabitation, and marriage), relationship stability, and the timing and context of childbearing.
- Parenting and family dynamics: the nature of family processes—such as parenting, co-parenting, relationship quality, and father involvement—and how these factors influence children’s development from birth through the transition to adulthood.
- Research translation: strategic research communication around our substantive areas of expertise.
We are currently seeking a Research Analyst (mixed-methods, quantitative, or qualitative) who will work as part of a collaborative team to support research in one or more of the domains identified above. Under the general direction of senior staff members, the Research Analyst will be responsible for conducting assigned parts of social science research projects, assisting in the development of the research approach, data management, applying appropriate methods of analysis, reporting research findings in writing, and helping to facilitate project management functions. The ideal candidate has qualitative and/or quantitative analytic experience, strong writing and communications skills, the ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, and the ability to balance priorities across multiple projects.
Our team values equity and recognizes that systemic discrimination has negatively impacted the well-being of individuals, families, and communities who also are underrepresented in the research field. As researchers, we aim to promote equity by centering the lived experiences of these individuals in our research. As researchers, we also commit to ensuring that we are contributing to Child Trends’ work culture in an equitable way. We strongly encourage individuals from populations that are historically excluded from research and academic fields (e.g., people of color, first-generation college students, first-generation immigrants) to apply.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
- Collect, clean, and code quantitative and/or qualitative data.
- Analyze qualitative or quantitative data (using appropriate statistical techniques such as ANOVA, OLS regression, logistic regression, and factor analysis) and draw conclusions about the results.
- Prepare statistical reports and data presentations.
- As part of our quality control processes, review code of other research analysts.
- Act as a task leader for projects; supervise and assign work to support staff.
- Write comprehensive summaries of research literature and/or public policy.
- Write up research results; may present results to clients, sponsors, or the press.
- Participate in site visits, conduct interviews, and supervise field research, as necessary.
- May provide research-based technical assistance to human service programs.
- Support project management activities such as the development and monitoring of project budgets, timelines, and human resources.
- Supervise and train other staff in data collection activities.
- Develop IRB materials and oversees data security, confidentiality, and quality control procedures.
- Support the development of final project reports.
- May serve as supervisor for one or more staff.
- Master’s degree or ABD in a social science, or BA degree plus 3-5 years of experience in a relevant research discipline.
- Knowledgeable about sexual and reproductive health, family formation, and/or parenting and family dynamics.
- Demonstrated proficiency in managing and analyzing data using quantitative (e.g., SAS, Stata, and/or R) or qualitative (e.g., NVivo, Dedoose) software packages.
- Qualitative researchers should have experience executing and planning for data collection, developing protocols, and conducting interviews and/or focus groups. The ideal candidate will have experience uploading and labeling documents, developing codebooks, and with coding (and how to establish consensus when necessary).
- Quantitative researchers should have experience carrying out multivariate analyses, multilevel analyses, event history analyses, latent class analyses, and/or Bayesian approaches. The ideal candidate will have experience working with large-scale data sets (e.g., the Current Population Survey, the American Community Survey, the National Survey of Family Growth).
- Coursework covering appropriate research methods (e.g., statistics/quantitative research methods or qualitative research methods).
- Proven organizational, project, and time management skills.
- Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills.
- Spanish language proficiency preferred
How to Apply:
Please follow the “apply” link to submit your application. When asked by the system to upload resume, please upload one document that includes your resume, cover letter, transcripts, a writing sample and contact information for three professional references. Materials must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any difficulties with this process please email the requested materials to recruitment (at) childtrends.org and make sure to reference the position in the subject line. No phone calls please!
Child Trends, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children. With annual revenue of $23 million and 192 employees, our clients include federal, state and local government agencies, foundations, and service providers. Our headquarters is located in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices in Minneapolis and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2018, we were recognized as a Great Place to Work for Women, Best Workplace in Consulting & Professional Services and Best Small & Medium Workplace.
Child Trends is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disability encouraged to apply.