The Child Welfare Program Area addresses the needs of children who have been or who are at risk of being abused or neglected, placed in foster care, or adopted. We focus on how child welfare and collaborative agencies are structured, funded, and administered; the policies and services implemented to address families’ needs; and how interaction with child welfare agencies affects the well-being of children and families. Through research and technical assistance, we seek to inform policy makers and improve front-line practice.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Child Trends invites applications for a Research Analyst position for quantitative and qualitative aspects of research projects involving youth and families with experience in the child welfare system. The analyst will take part in the creation and development of new projects, prepare research designs and protocols; oversee and participate in data collection activities; and take a lead role in analysis (ranging from data cleaning, bivariate statistics, multivariate statistics and data linking) and writing. This position requires strong analytic skills and logical thinking, great attention to detail, excellent writing skills, excellent communication skills, a commitment to ethics and equity in research and in the workplace, and an interest in topics related to child welfare. We encourage individuals with lived experience with the child welfare system to apply.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Quantitative: Code, analyze, and interpret data and identify patterns from surveys, administrative and program data.
- Qualitative: Facilitate focus groups and interviews; code, analyze, and interpret data from interviews and focus groups.
- Write up findings and disseminate both qualitative and quantitative data analyses
- Facilitate focus groups and interviews.
- Participate in preparing reports and presentations for a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
- Build close working relationships with external clients, public child welfare agency staff, and program staff, and provide technical assistance as needed.
- Complete project management tasks, including training and supervising research assistants, overseeing day-to-day logistics, and managing quality control protocols.
- Participate in developing Institutional Review Board materials and oversee data security and confidentiality procedures.
- Some travel required.
- Demonstrated proficiency in research methods, data collection, cleaning, and analyzing data.
- Interpersonal and professional skills required to manage external client and partner relationships.
- Experience with STATA is required. SAS experience is a plus.
- Experience with qualitative coding software (e.g., NVivo, Dedoose) is preferred.
- Proven organizational, project, and time management skills.
- Experience working with budgets and proposal development experience preferred.
- Master’s degree in appropriate discipline such as Social Work, Program Evaluation, Economics, Sociology, Public Policy, Research Methods, Family Studies, Criminology, or other social sciences strongly 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.