Research Associate

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Research Associate to be a key member of HRiA’s R&E Department and provide research-related support and assistance on a variety of projects.

Position Description:

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key member of HRiA’s R&E Department and provide research-related support and assistance on a variety of projects. This is an exempt, temporary, full-time position. While HRiA’s office is based in Boston, MA, this position can be located anywhere in the U.S. and work remotely, if appropriate.

The Research Associate will be involved in all aspects of assessments and evaluations employing both quantitative and qualitative methods from project management to instrument development to focus group moderation to data analysis and writing, while working closely with the project lead/PI. It is expected that the Research Associate will have strong research and evaluation skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills.

The Research Associate will be involved in assessments and evaluation studies which aim to guide the development and implementation of health interventions. Typically, R&E projects focus on topics such as public health-health care integration, public health infrastructure, early childhood development, asthma and healthy housing, oral health, behavioral health (substance abuse and mental health), sexual health, chronic disease prevention and related behaviors, among other areas. The R&E Department conducts numerous projects led by multiple staff, and the Research Associate will work on many projects at one time with different project leads, including those from other HRiA departments.

The Research Associate will be supervised by a Senior Associate staff member but will work closely with all members of the R&E Department.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Conducting quantitative data collection/analysis, including analyzing secondary data as well as assisting in primary data collection (e.g., developing survey instruments, overseeing survey administration, conducting statistical analysis such as frequencies and bivariate analyses), while working closely with project lead
  • Conducting qualitative data collection/analysis, including developing focus group and interview guides, conducting interviews with stakeholders and facilitating focus group discussions with a range of community members, particularly those from traditionally underserved populations, and analyzing qualitative data, while working closely with project lead
  • Conducting other research-related activities, as needed, such as literature reviews and environmental scans, including searching academic databases, reading and synthesizing published studies, and writing draft reports

Report Development and Presentation

    • Synthesizing 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, health care professionals, program planners, and non-academic audiences
    • Writing draft assessment and program evaluation reports, under the guidance of the project lead, geared towards public health practitioners, health care professionals program planners, and non-academic audiences
    • Developing PowerPoint presentations of study findings
    • Presenting study findings to community and stakeholder audiences, in partnership with the project leads

Project and Client Management and Other Tasks

  • Assisting project leads in project and client management, including developing meeting agendas, taking meeting notes, and developing project workplans and timelines
  • Providing logistical and organizational support for research projects (e.g., logistics for conducting focus groups, note-taking during focus groups, )
  • Completing research-related administrative tasks when needed (e.g., formatting reports and proposals, copying and packaging surveys for administration)
  • Attending project meetings, as appropriate, and performing other related duties
  • Participate in Research and Evaluation department meetings and activities
  • Pending public health guidance and the portfolio of projects, participating in some domestic travel (1 to 2 weeklong trips per year) to assist in data collection for specific projects (e.g., facilitating focus groups, survey administration)

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 4-5 years relevant experience, preferably research related to public health, education, or the social sciences or Master’s degree in social science with 2-4 years of professional experience, preferably with a focus in public health, health policy or health care management or the social sciences
  • Demonstrated facilitation, networking/partnership-building skills; experience working with diverse populations
  • Strong written and analytical skills, including the ability to write about data for non- academic audiences
  • Strong interest and knowledge of research and evaluation methods (both qualitative and quantitative) used in public health, health care and the social sciences
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills; experience in interview/focus group facilitation preferred
  • Basic knowledge of statistics using a statistical program such as SAS, SPSS, Stata or R
  • Experience and skills in project management including developing workplans and working with clients, partners, and a range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of Microsoft software, specifically MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to working on health and racial equity
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and can take personal initiative and exercise independent judgment
  • Calm in a fast-paced, busy environment
  • Able to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor
  • 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 not return to the office setting until at least Fall of 2021. This position can be full-time remote. Staff do not need to be living in the Greater Boston Area.

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 $50,000 to $65,000. Starting salary is 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 lived experiences or career and non-career accomplishments make you uniquely qualified for this role?

2. Your resume



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