Position Overview – What You’ll Do

The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) is a nationally representative survey of the state and local governmental public health workforce. The survey has been administered in 2014, 2017, and 2021, and will be entering the field again in 2024. Reporting to the Research Officer and lead of PH WINS, the Research Assistant will support the planning, administration/implementation, data management, and reporting/evaluation of PH WINS. This involves tasks such as assisting in the onboarding and management of partners, managing the PH WINS health department database, communicating with stakeholders, partners, and health department points of contact, and supporting fielding of the survey and dissemination of results publicly to participating health departments. The Research Assistant will have the opportunity to publish in peer-reviewed literature and contribute to technical assistance products that encourage action to improve the governmental public health workforce.

Responsibilities and Opportunities

Your day-to-day work will include activities such as:

  • Project Management: Manage and support multiple work streams at once associated with the preparation, administration, data analysis, and dissemination of PH WINS. This role will be the sole manager of our PH WINS database, which will transition to include additional stakeholders and partners over time. This may also include taking on roles and other special projects as needed to support and enhance the work of PH WINS.
  • Relationship Management: Coordinate with various partners and stakeholders to prepare and administer PH WINS. This includes working with a network of recruitment partners to recruit health departments to participate in PH WINS and consistently communicating with health department representatives and survey participants.
  • Strategic Communications: Communicate clearly and succinctly to a variety of audiences about topics related to each part of the survey from preparation to fielding to dissemination. This role will also assist in the dissemination of PH WINS findings to various audiences.
  • Data Sharing: Assist in vetting and triaging data use and analysis requests. This may include preparing and executing data use agreements with researchers, authorizing users for password-protected data dashboards, and sharing results from data analysis requests with requestors.

 Qualifications – Who You Are

To be successful in this job, you excel in these areas:

  • Well-organized: You have strong project management skills, are thorough when reviewing information, and are detail-oriented when preparing documents and communicating.
  • Collaborative: You work effectively and efficiently with others towards a common goal.
  • Strategic & Hands-on: You have excellent conceptual, analytical, and forward-thinking skills. You not only contribute ideas but are also able and eager to implement them.
  • Relationship Management: You have a good sense of how to manage relationships with members, staff, and partners, as well as build new relationships. You handle confidential information sensitively and use discretion about what information you share with members and partners.
  • Resourceful: You find practical and effective ways to accomplish tasks and are willing to ask questions and research options when facing a new project.
  • Data-oriented: You seek out what works and what doesn’t and find ways to learn from metrics to refine strategies, focus efforts, and pivot when needed.
  • A multitasker: You are comfortable with juggling multiple projects and priorities at once, as well as finding and capitalizing on the connections among them.
  • Ownership: You care deeply about doing what it takes to achieve results and can manage your own projects (or pieces of larger ones). You drive work forward with a sense of urgency, anticipate problems, and course-correct when needed.
  • Mission-driven: You want to make a difference and have an interest in advocacy and cause-driven communications.
  • Entrepreneurial: You anticipate challenges and opportunities and raise them proactively to optimize outcomes down the line. You take initiative and run with new ideas.

The ideal candidate will possess the attributes above and many of the following professional abilities and experiences.

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant experience. A combination of education and experience may be substituted for the education requirements.
  • Proficiency in Excel as a database management tool is required.
  • Experience using customer relation management software is a plus.
  • Experience or interest in contributing to survey research studies.
  • Strong project management skills. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to move quickly from one task to another, prioritizing requests and managing timelines.
  • Knowledge of the state and local governmental public health workforce is a plus.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to convey technical concepts to a non-technical audience and to provide excellent customer service.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in downtown Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. The de Beaumont Foundation follows a hybrid work model, where local employees have a combination of in-office and remote work days, with individual work schedules determined in consultation with direct supervisors. Some members of the Foundation’s team are completely remote, and, for the right candidate, a full-time remote work arrangement can be negotiated. All de Beaumont employees are expected to attend bi-annual all-staff meetings held at the Bethesda office.

The compensation offered for this role is competitive and is commensurate with the candidate’s experience. The salary range for this position is $60,000-$63,000.  In addition to competitive compensation, the Foundation provides outstanding benefits that include 100% paid employee health benefits, AD&D and life insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, generous paid time off, 14 weeks of paid parental leave, monthly tech stipend, and health & wellness program. The Foundation fosters a collaborative and supportive work environment and has been designated a “Great Place to Work” each time it has been assessed.

How to Apply

To apply, email your resume and cover letter as an attachment to [email protected] by October 16, 2023. Please reference “Research Assistant” in the subject line. Early submission is encouraged as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Publication date: September 15, 2023

Application deadline: October 16, 2023