Research and Evaluation Director

Brief Overview:

We are seeking two Director-level positions which are senior-level Project Lead positions within the Research and Evaluation team.

Position Description:

This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership and support on a variety of research and evaluation projects that will help inform public health intervention planning and health-related grantmaking as well as measure impact. This is an exempt, full time position.  There are two (2) full-time openings for this job posting. While HRiA’s office is based in Boston, MA, one position is Boston-based and the other can be located anywhere in the U. S. and work remotely, if appropriate.  Specific projects will be assigned to the positions based on the experience and expertise of the individuals hired.

This opening is for two Director-level positions which are senior-level Project Lead positions within the Research and Evaluation team. It is expected that the Director will be a skilled researcher/evaluator with excellent interpersonal and client management skills. The Director is expected to have experience leading complex projects for various clients and stakeholders, including hospitals, health departments, philanthropic foundations, schools, and community groups, have strong analytical skills, and a commitment to health equity. The Director will need to understand how to balance research rigor with the budgetary and time constraints that are common to applied research as well as be able to navigate different partners’ and stakeholders’ multiple perspectives on a project. The person in this position will need to be adaptable as project course corrections are common in the work we do. Strong presentation, interpersonal, and project management skills are a must.

The Director will lead or be a key team member for a variety of projects including but not limited to short-term collaborative community health assessment and planning projects, large scale grant-funded multi-partner longitudinal evaluations, and formative research to inform program or intervention development. Projects could focus on a range of topics including health systems transformation, chronic disease prevention and related behaviors, behavioral health (substance abuse and mental health), the social determinants of health including community development, housing, and education, or health equity. It is critical that the Director be able to discuss research methods and findings in a clear, salient manner to non-research audiences.

The Director will also contribute to the overall growth of the organization, including participating in new business development through proposal writing, presentations, and other HRiA promotional activities.

The Director will be supervised by the Managing Director, Community Health Assessment but will work closely with all members of the R&E Department and many programmatic and administrative staff throughout the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

While this position will be involved in a variety of tasks, primary duties will include:

Project, Client, and Staff Management

  • Work with senior-level clients in hospitals, health departments, non-profit organizations, and philanthropic foundations to identify client needs, collaborate and negotiate with partners, conceptualize plans, manage the process, implement data collection, and report findings as well as address stakeholders’ multiple perspectives on research projects
  • Develop and lead assessment and evaluation studies including developing research plans, identifying project staffing needs, and overseeing all tasks to ensure they are being completed in a high-quality manner, within budget on time and to client and project specifications
  • Communicate effectively with clients, partners, and community residents about how research findings can inform program and policy priority-setting, development, and implementation, particularly within a health and racial equity framework
  • Oversee a “supervisory chain” that includes 2-3 staff members such as a Senior Research Associate and Research Associate with the direct supervision of the Senior Research Associate

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Conduct quantitative data collection/analysis, including analyzing secondary data as well as collecting primary data (e.g., develop survey instruments, oversee survey administration, conduct statistical analysis including bivariate and multivariate analysis).
  • Conduct qualitative data collection/analysis, including developing focus group and interview guides, conducting interviews with stakeholders, facilitating focus group discussions, and analyzing qualitative data
  • Conduct other research-related activities, as needed, such as literature reviews and environmental scans

Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance

  • Lead capacity-building efforts with local partners and organizations to provide evaluation technical assistance
  • Develop webinars, PowerPoint presentations, and training materials on evaluation to guide community-based organizations on topics such as identifying metrics and research methods, developing logic models, creating data reporting systems, and addressing challenges in evaluation

Report Development and Presentation

  • Synthesize data from multiple sources (e.g., focus groups, surveys, secondary data, literature review) and interpreting findings so that they are meaningful to public health practitioners, program planners, and non-academic audiences
  • Write reports geared towards public health practitioners, program planners, health care providers, and non-academic audiences
  • Develop PowerPoint presentations of study findings
  • Present study findings to community and stakeholder audiences

Leadership, New Business and Other Tasks

  • Participate in Research and Evaluation Director meetings and activities
  • Lead/attend project meetings, as appropriate, and perform other related duties
  • Work with both Managing Directors in the Research and Evaluation Department and other departments and HRiA staff to develop proposals and budgets for new business development
  • Communicate effectively with clients, partners, and community residents about how research findings can inform program and policy priority-setting, development, and implementation
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Managing Director, Community Health Assessment
  • Participate in domestic travel (4-7) multi-day/weeklong trips per year, depending upon the portfolio of projects in any given year

Candidate Qualifications:


  • At least 10 years of professional experience in public health, health care, or social science research, with several years of experience in managing complex projects and supervising staff; previous experience working in a consultant capacity preferred
  • Advanced degree in public health, sociology, social or community psychology, social work, or related field with a strong background in social science research and evaluation methods. Will consider candidates with Ph.D. with 10 years of relevant experience or master’s degree with 15 years of relevant experience
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills; familiarity with data collection systems such as Qualtrics or SurveyMonkey; experience with statistical programs such as SPSS or SAS is preferred but not required
  • High quality, clear writing; can synthesize large amounts of different types of data into streamlined reports that are understandable to lay audiences
  • Ability to conceptualize research plans, develop and manage project budgets, follow timelines, and be involved in all aspects of project management for research, assessment, or evaluation studies from development to implementation
  • Experience in providing research and evaluation technical assistance or trainings
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to working on health and racial equity
  • Spanish language skills a plus

 Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal, and public speaking skills
  • Excellent client and project management skills; can work with various funders, stakeholders, and community groups to carry out research and evaluation needs that meet client expectations
  • A commitment to diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives
  • Calm in a fast-paced, busy environment
  • Flexible and a sense of humor
  • Able to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Dedication to support and promote HRiA’s mission and programs
  • A valid driver’s license a plus

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision.  The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

HRiA staff have been working remotely since March 2020 and it is anticipated that staff will return to the office setting in Fall 2021. We are seeking to fill two Director positions.  For one of the positions, the staff member should be based in the Greater Boston Area. For the other, the staff member does not need to be based in the Greater Boston Area and can work remotely full-time. Both positions should expect some travel depending on the portfolio of projects for the year and public health guidelines per COVID-19.

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous starting vacation of four weeks.

The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $115,000.  Starting salary commensurate with organizational pay factors including experience, education, and specialized skills.

To apply, submit the following online.

1.Your one to two page cover letter that includes answers to the following questions:

a. How does working in this role with the Research and Evaluation Team at Health Resources in  Action align with your overall career goals?

b. What does our mission and commitment to health and racial equity mean to you?

c. What specific experiences or career accomplishments make you uniquely qualified for this role?

d. Please state if you are applying for the Greater Boston-based or fully remote position.

2. Your resume

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