Research Associate

WHO WE ARE

The de Beaumont Foundation advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. Our work centers around three main priority areas:

  • Policy:We advance policies that improve community health, so that current and future generations can benefit from changes enacted by today’s leaders.
  • Partnerships:We build partnerships, often among unlikely allies, so that leaders can make decisions that achieve their shared goal of creating healthier communities.
  • People:We create practical solution that strengthen the public health system and workforce, so that professionals are equipped to make their communities healthier.

de Beaumont strongly believes that the spirit in which we do our work is as important as the work itself. We pride ourselves on excellence, innovation, fostering collaboration between groups that might not otherwise interact, and a willingness to have fun with our work.

POSITION OVERVIEW – WHAT YOU’LL DO

The Research Associate will be an active member of the Foundation’s Research, Evaluation and Learning (REL) team. This small team designs and manages most of the Foundation’s research studies, such as the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) and Staffing Up, and evaluations of our other programmatic initiatives, such as CityHealth and Public Health Reaching Across Sectors (PHRASES). The team also works to help infuse a learning agenda into the Foundation’s work. You will primarily work on our expanding portfolio of evaluation activities and will also contribute to PH WINS and other research studies as needed.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Your responsibilities will vary and require you to prioritize effectively, act quickly, and maintain confidentiality. The primary role of the position will be to support Foundation-wide evaluation, strategic planning, and learning activities. You will support the Senior Research and Evaluation Officer in the design, planning, and implementation of evaluation projects. In addition, you will provide support to the PH WINS team, with an emphasis on data analysis and project management. You will have substantial opportunities to publish findings in peer-reviewed literature.

Your day-to-day work will include activities like:

  • Support the REL Team in planning and managing a portfolio of charitable projects—monitoring, reviewing submissions, and tracking performance of both grants and contracts.
  • Work with the Senior Research, Evaluation and Learning Officer to design and manage the Foundation’s program evaluation efforts.
    • Assess progress toward specific grantee goals and outcomes and progress toward the Foundation’s goals.
    • Work with grantees and partners, as necessary, to formulate logic models, define target outcomes, and assess progress toward stated goals and objectives.
    • Use process and outcome data to support continued funding and evaluate the effectiveness of the Foundation’s grantmaking.
    • Provide project management support
  • Participate in editorial reviews of research and evaluation products
  • Support PH WINS
    • Conduct data analysis using STATA and interpret findings
    • Draft reports and manuscripts for publication
    • Perform literature reviews
    • Perform general administrative and stakeholder management activities, as needed
  • Present findings clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing
  • Take on other roles and special projects as needed to support the REL team and enhance the work of the Foundation

WHO YOU ARE

You are pragmatic, results-oriented, and hands-on with a successful track record of working on research and evaluation projects. You have interest in public health and research and evaluation (with a mixed methods approach). You will be able to demonstrate each of the following:

  • Mission-driven: You want to make a difference. You have a strong commitment to public health, health equity, and the de Beaumont Foundation’s mission.
  • Committed: You care deeply about doing what it takes to facilitate results, including paying attention to even small details, managing your own projects (or pieces of bigger ones), driving work forward with a sense of urgency, anticipating problems, and course-correcting when needed. Commitment to accountability and transparency.
  • Team player: You are eager to use your role to advance de Beaumont’s mission, and look for ways to help beyond your own core responsibilities. You are ready and willing to participate in all-hands-on-deck projects, which frequently come up. No job is too small for anyone on our team and your attitude reflects that.
  • Critical thinker: You know how to quickly process information and draw out the key points of various publications/documents to summarize and share with the leadership team on a host of public health related issues.
  • Partner: You have the ability to build solid relationships both inside and outside the Foundation to influence positive outcomes.
  • Detail Oriented: You consistently ensure materials and communications are accurate (both content and grammar), precise, and completed on time.
  • Quick-thinking, creative, flexible, and entrepreneurial. Able to recognize and identify creative solutions to problems quickly.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of an advanced degree (e.g., MA, MPH) and two years of relevant experience. A combination of education and experience may be substituted for the education requirements
  • Knowledge of public health workforce is a plus
  • Depth and breadth of knowledge of evaluation as represented by responsibility for design and implementation of a broad range of applied evaluation tools, methodologies, and techniques.  Experience with research design and qualitative techniques such as focus groups, interviews, case studies, and rigorous qualitative analysis
  • Experience or interest in contributing to survey research studies
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including ability to convey technical concepts to a non-technical audience and to provide excellent customer service
  • Analytical skills, including research and statistical methods. Demonstrated skills in data collection, management, analysis, and reporting
  • Experience using STATA required
  • Experience with data visualization
  • 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
  • Excellent conceptual, analytic and forward-thinking skills
  • Foundation or nonprofit experience preferred, passion for our mission is required

HOW TO APPLY

This position is full-time and based in downtown Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. Our strong preference is for this position to work in person at the office 1—2 days a week, however fully remote candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Limited travel is required and is typically known well in advance.

We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a collegial work environment. The salary range for this position is $65,000 to $75,000, commensurate with experience.

To apply, upload your resume and cover letter that includes your salary expectations as a single attachment to www.ThePublicHealthNetwork.com by June 10, 2022. 

The de Beaumont Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Publication date: March 21, 2022