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Sponsor Funded Professional - Research Associate, Senior

Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

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Senior Research Associate

Center of Excellence

Georgia Health Policy Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies                                     

Georgia State University

At the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC), we approach our work with a passion to be excellent, to positively impact people’s lives, and to find creative and innovative ways to learn and fulfill our goals. These are exciting times at GHPC. We are growing and we are thrilled that you are interested in being a part of our team. We are surrounded by individuals empowered to use their expertise and talents to achieve our mission to integrate research, policy, and programs to advance health and well-being.

Are you ready for us? Are you seeking an opportunity with purpose and direction? If you are, we have the perfect opportunity for you! We hire great people from a wide variety of educational, career, and personal backgrounds, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes us a stronger team.

GHPC is seeking a senior research associate (SRA) to join the already awesome team taking the GHPC to the next level of excellence and global achievements!


·        Competitive base salary

·        Generous benefits, including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, etc.

·        A knowledge-sharing organization that collaborates with diverse partners.

·        The position offers the opportunity to work remotely and, in the office, as needed

·        Professional development opportunity and mentorship

·        A rapidly growing center within an academic setting

The center’s scope of work includes behavioral health, child health & well-being, health & health care financing, health in all policies, health systems transformation, long-term services & support, population & global health, and rural health. The center conducts, analyzes, and disseminates qualitative and quantitative research to connect decision-makers with the objective research and guidance needed to make informed decisions about health policy and programs. The center is at work locally, nationally, and internationally with public and private partners to improve health and well-being.

Click Apply and join us as we positively impact the communities we serve!


The SRA is a member of multiple research, evaluation, policy development, technical assistance, and programmatic teams. The SRA will provide leadership across behavioral health and health services related projects and will have a lead role in overseeing the daily operations and logistics of the team’s behavioral portfolio. The SRA will also manage the daily operations of grants and contracts within the organization’s matrix structure, actively support the success of staff and the team, develop new business, and develop/maintain relationships across a spectrum of partners.


·        Leads the development of creative solutions to complex health policy issues.

·        Manages projects and project teams by providing administrative leadership for existing contracts and grants.

·        Participates in developing and sustaining the portfolio including identifying funding opportunities, leading grant and proposal writing teams, and supporting grant and proposal writing and budget development.

·        Leads the implementation of projects of varying size and complexity, including planning, organizing, and managing resources (staffing, budgets, project deliverables, relationships) to achieve specific project goals and objectives.

·        Manages the development of products such as policy papers, literature reviews, research papers, posters, presentations, briefs, client reports, toolkits, and data visualization products.

·        Designs policy analysis, strategic and implementation plans, and research/evaluation projects for clients.

·        Guides program partners through all stages of strategic and/or evaluation planning and implementation.

·        Leads the design and implementation of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.

·        Collects, links, and analyzes data from multiple sources (quantitative and qualitative).

·        Builds and navigates relationships with clients and external partners, including policymakers, state agencies, community groups, consumers, and academic partners.

·        Provides technical assistance to partners to support strategic planning, policy and program implementation, evaluation capacity-building, and using data to support decision-making.

·        Translates data and findings for diverse stakeholder groups.

·        Supervises or mentors’ staff and student employees.

·        Leads meetings and represents the GHPC at national conferences and events.


·        Adaptive leadership ability and collaborative leadership style with the ability to self-direct work, manage work in new research and policy areas, and make important decisions when needed.

·        Strong organizational, project management, and managerial skills, with the ability to manage time and pay attention to detail while also addressing the big picture across multiple projects.

·        Demonstrated critical and strategic thinking, able to effectively monitor, synthesize, translate, and summarize complex research, policy, legislative, and regulatory topics for use by internal and external stakeholders.

·        Demonstrated ability to develop proposals, budgets, and IRB protocols.

·        Exhibit excellent customer service.

·        Proficient qualitative and quantitative analytic skills.

·        Networking and group facilitation skills, including in a virtual context (e.g., via Zoom).


Minimum Hiring Qualifications:

Ph.D. with two years of experience; or a combination of education and related experience.

Preferred Hiring Qualifications:

Extensive experience in behavioral health with a focus on substance use and an understanding of the continuum of care for substance use disorders, mixed methods research, working with partners, strong written and oral communication skills, and proficiency in the Microsoft suite of products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams) and virtual meeting platforms (Zoom, Teams). Knowledge of human subjects’ research guidelines, contract, and budget management. Proficiency with Qualtrics, NVivo, Tableau or other data visualization software, and a minimum of one statistical package (SAS, SPSS, Stata, or R) are preferred.


***This is a regular, full-time position which involves on-campus and online duties, with job continuation dependent upon grant funding.

College/Business Unit
Open until filled

College/Business Unit: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Location: Atlanta Campus
Job Posting: 05/13/24, 4:14:18 PM


Founded in 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia State University is the second-largest and one of four research institutions in the University System of Georgia. The University serves one-fourth of the graduate students in the university system; it is within a one-hour commute of more than one-third of the state’s population. Approximately 80 percent of all Georgia State alumni live and work in Georgia.georgia_state_university1.jpg

Georgia State’s main campus is located on 34 acres in downtown Atlanta. University centers in Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Buckhead and Henry County offer students convenient suburban locations for graduate courses in business and education.

More than 50,000 students annually attend Georgia State University. While 90 percent of the students are from Georgia, students also come from all 50 states and 160 countries. More than 1,400 international students attend Georgia State and graduate students comprise 31 percent of the student population.

georgia_state_university2.jpgThe University offers more than 52 degree programs in more than 250 fields of study – from public policy and African-American studies to biology and health sciences. Degrees are offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels through six units: the College of Arts and Sciences, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Law and Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In addition to the numerous degree programs, Georgia State offers full- and part-time programs and day, evening and weekend classes.

Students have many choices in extracurricular activities including more than 22 fraternities and sororities; and some 250 chartered student groups, including 60 degree-related student groups, seven religious, 24 law-oriented and 22 multicultural/international groups; and 10 honor societies. There is also an active student government association which includes the student senate and the judicial board.

The Georgia State Panthers are members of the Colonial Athletic Association and compete in 16 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports, including basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, track and volleyball. The university announced in April 2008 that is will begin Division I-AA football in 2010.

The university’s innovative Touch the Earth program brings outdoor recreation ranging from backpacking, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, rafting and water-skiing to out-of-state snow-skiing and snorkeling trips. And WRAS, Georgia State’s popular 100,000-watt radio voice, is the most powerful student-run radio station in the United States.


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