Research Scientist/Sr. Scientist - Early Childhood
March 28, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
Child Trends is seeking a Senior Research Scientist or Research Scientist in Early Childhood Development. Strong preference for candidates who are located in Boston, MA and for those with expertise in the following areas: infant and early childhood mental health, integration of physical and behavioral health, parental substance abuse (e.g., opioids), Part C, parenting, early childhood comprehensive systems, well-being of the early childhood workforce, and community-based evaluation of early childhood programs.
Responsible for planning and executing major social science research projects in consultation with other colleagues and/or other organizations. Designs research approach and selects appropriate quantitative or qualitative analysis. Leads others to perform analysis; writes and presents reports; draws policy inferences. Must develop and write proposals. Functions as principal investigator/project director for research projects may include project management roles.
Candidates wishing to be considered for the position are strongly encouraged to submit their application by April 28th, 2018. If the position is not filled in the first round of applications, additional applications will be considered until May 28th or until the position is filled.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
Advances research in early childhood including the development of research designs and agendas
Serves as principal investigator or project director for one or more projects
Leads teams to write proposals, conceptualize work and negotiate and draft budgets
Supervises the data collection, tabulation, and analysis by research scientists, analysts, and assistants
Makes site visits, conducts interviews and supervises field research as necessary
Oversees large research synthesis and writing of research or policy papers
Leads the interpretation of data from policy and program perspectives
May serve as supervisor for one or more research staff
May provide research-based technical assistance to early childhood leaders
Attends all-staff and project manager meetings
Reviews resumes and interviews candidates for employment
Writes final reports and presents results to clients and stakeholders
Prepares papers for presentations, publications, and testimony
Disseminates/responds to public information requests from reporters, Congress, and researchers
Experience and Education:
5+ years of experience as an early childhood researcher for Research Scientist, 10+ years of experience for Senior Research Scientist;
Demonstrated thought leadership within the field of early childhood; individual must have made a significant contribution through her or his research to the field, policy, or program practices;
Extensive experience writing and winning proposals, ideally from both government and foundation funders;
Extensive experience with an understanding of federal government contracting and grants;
Expertise in designing evaluations and research studies, including determining multivariate quantitative analyses and mixed methods approaches;
Experience in priority areas a plus: infant and early childhood mental health, integration of physical and behavioral health, parental substance abuse (e.g., opioids), Part C, parenting, early childhood comprehensive systems, well-being of the early childhood workforce, and community-based evaluation of early childhood programs;
A Ph.D. in relevant field;
Proven skills in the management of a research team (consistent on-time, within budget work);
Demonstrated communications achievements (e.g., notable research papers, effective white papers).
Internal Number: 1352
About Child Trends
Child Trends, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children.