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 Scientist (mixed-methods, quantitative, or qualitative) who will work as part of a collaborative team to execute all aspects of the research process in one or more of the domains identified above. The ideal candidate has project management experience, strong organizational skills, strong qualitative and/or quantitative analytic experience, and a track record of successful execution and completion of projects. This position requires exceptional writing and communications skills, the ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, and the ability to balance priorities across multiple projects.
Qualitative researchers should have experience executing and planning for data collection, developing protocols, and conducting interviews and/or focus groups. The ideal candidate will be familiar with NVivo, Dedoose, and/or Atlasti and have experience uploading and labeling documents, developing codebooks, and with coding (and how to establish consensus when necessary). They need to be able to develop themes from codes, write up results, and incorporate quotes appropriately.
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 using appropriate methods to analyze large-scale data sets (e.g., the Current Population Survey, the American Community Survey, the National Survey of Family Growth, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 cohort). This includes expertise with appropriate techniques to adjust for complex survey design, address missing data, and test multiple hypotheses simultaneously.
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
Typical Research Activities
- Lead or co-lead the development of proposals to funding organizations.
- Serve as project director/principal investigator for one or more projects; this includes overseeing the development and execution of projects or activities .
- Select appropriate analytic techniques and develop statistical analysis plans for projects.
- Supervise the collection, tabulation, and analysis of data by analysts and assistants, as necessary.
- Participate in site visits, conducts interviews, and supervise field research, as necessary
- Write final project reports and present research results to government and foundation funders.
- Prepare papers for conference presentations, publication, and testimony.
- Work closely with Child Trends’ communications and policy staff to disseminate research findings to the policy and programmatic communities, the media, and other researchers.
- May provide research-based technical assistance to human service programs.
Typical Project Management Activities
- Ensure projects or products are completed on time and within budget, and that all progress reporting requirements are fulfilled.
- Develop and manage project budgets.
- Help train and oversee a team of junior research analysts.
- May serve as supervisor for one or more research staff.
- Ensure Child Trends’ quality control procedures are followed.
- Review resumes and interview candidates for employment.
- Relevant PhD-level knowledge. Applicants with master’s degrees or other relevant degrees will be considered, but additional experience will be expected.
- Expertise in designing evaluations and/or research studies, including determining appropriate study designs and methodology (e.g., multivariate methods, qualitative methods, mixed-methods).
- Proven skill working with and managing a research team (consistently on-time, within budget work).
- Demonstrated communications achievements (e.g., notable research papers, effective white papers).
- Demonstrated thought leadership on topics within RHFF; individual must have made a significant contribution through their research to the field, policy, or program practices.
- Experience writing and winning proposals, from government and foundation funders, is preferred.
- Experience with federal government contracting and grants, is preferred.
- Proficiency with analytic software packages required (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, NVivo, Dedoose).
- 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.