Research Associate

Washington, DC
Mar 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The Department of Health Policy and Management focuses on laws or regulations established by governments and other institutions to influence and improve the public’s health. It also focuses on leadership within the healthcare system in settings such as hospitals and medical practices.

The Department of Health Policy and Management is seeking a full-time Research Associate to help develop and conduct research for a two-year, newly-funded initiative designed to promote the power of public health. The overall goal of the project is to help public health professionals communicate more effectively about the tools and knowledge embedded in their field, and the benefits they offer to education, housing, business, and other sectors.

Key components of the Research Associate’s work will be to: 1) compile and summarize high-quality published research that documents the ways in which public health provides value to these sectors; and 2) identify and summarize a subset of the most compelling evidence to develop a state-of-the-science resource library. Other duties will involve assisting the project director in meeting all other project deliverables, including: identifying and assessing previous public health branding campaigns; developing a toolkit for public health officials; and outreach to the public health community. The Research Associate may also support focus group and polling activities.

Responsibilities Include:
• Conduct high-level, sophisticated research that supports the project deliverables, such as a comprehensive literature review that includes but is not limited to the peer-reviewed literature. “Dig deep” to uncover other relevant publications, projects and activities produced in the government, academic, and not-for-profit sectors.
• Synthesize and describe key quantitative and quality research findings.
• Draft briefs, reports, and other publications for a variety of internal and external audiences.
• Organize research products into a coherent, easily searchable, database.
• Work with project team to integrate research products into the overall project website.
• Supervise and train a Research Assistant to assist with basic research support to include data compilation and analysis
• Perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Require’s a master’s degree and 1 year of experience in the field or in a related area.

Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Ideal applicants will demonstrate a combination of the following skills and expertise:
• Outstanding research skills
• Very strong data collection and management skills
• Flexible spirit and ability to work with senior team members both on site and remotely
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Detail oriented, with excellent organizational skills
• Able to work in a fast-paced, ever-evolving environment
• Respects deadlines
• Proficient in Lexus/Nexus. Experience in database management and Powerpoint. Track record in mastering other software as required.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Field Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 1 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: RP000262 Job Open Date: 03/08/2017 Job Close Date: 04/02/2017 If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: 06/30/2019 Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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