Applied Survey Research seeks a Senior Research Analyst (SRA) with research and/or evaluation experience in the fields of child development and/or early care and education.
The successful candidate is one that has the right blend of conceptual research skills, technical skills, interpersonal work style and unwavering commitment to quality and excellence, including:
You want to apply your research skills to directly improve the lives of our most at-risk community members such as children, families in poverty, domestic violence victims, and the homeless.
You have strong people skills; you are a solid facilitator and presenter that creates meeting environments in which your partners feel heard, respected and guided by capable hands.
You embrace the inherent opportunities and challenges of applied, community-based research; in that context, you enjoy working with clients to help find the best-fit research, strategic planning and evaluation designs for their projects.
This is a “thinker-doer” position: you can toggle effectively between abstract thinking (e.g. community change, research design), and the technical precision required of tool or survey development, data cleaning, data analysis and technical writing.
You have strong quantitative research skills, including advanced proficiency in SPSS, or strong qualitative research skills, including conducting focus groups and other types of group facilitation.
You enjoy solving analytical challenges and have knowledge of a wide range of creative statistical approaches to emerge with clear, straightforward answers for our partners.
You enjoy distilling the results of your research into actionable messages, and presenting those messages to your clients to help spark community change
You are a problem solver: you enjoy taking on challenges and finding tenable solutions; you pay attention to the details, are tenacious and a self-starter.
You approach your work with an appropriate blend of confidence and humility/ desire to learn
ASR’s SRAs support all phases of the research/ evaluation project life cycle including:
Development: Help develop new projects including support on writing proposals, meeting with new clients, helping determine research and evaluation needs and goals;
Planning: Help refine scopes of work, evaluation questions, evaluation plans and designs, help facilitate planning meetings, transcribe notes, communicate by phone or email to clients as appropriate, identify appropriate samples from whom data shall be collected;
Implementation of primary and secondary data collection: Draft or refine survey instruments or other protocols according to evaluation design, oversee launch of primary data collection activities, gather secondary data from existing databases, occasionally conduct key informant interviews, focus groups or observations, or coordinate other resources to do so;
Analysis: Create analysis plan that answers key research and evaluation questions; conduct data cleaning and verification, oversee processing of data, analyze preliminary data, and synthesize multiple kinds of data to produce summaries/ key findings;
Reporting: Draft evaluation reports and summaries, including data snapshots, create PowerPoint presentations, and provide oral presentations to clients; and
Data-to-action: Help facilitate data-to-action session with clients to help them discover their next action steps.
MA, MS, or PhD, in the social sciences. PhD-level training is highly preferred.
Minimum 4 years of experience working as an evaluator / researcher, coordinating multiple (3 to 5) evaluation/ research projects simultaneously
Substantial experience designing, coordinating and analyzing quantitative research efforts
Familiarity with cleaning, merging, and analyzing messy databases: can build, clean, and merge data files from multiple sources
Intermediate experience in Excel.
Excellent oral communication skills: Successful candidates are able to help facilitate client meetings and present findings to clients in a fluid and engaging manner.
Excellent interpersonal skills: Successful candidates can liaise with clients, effectively find compromises to solve implementation or analysis challenges, and be assertive yet courteous.
Excellent written communication skills: Successful candidates can write error free and attractively formatted data memos and evaluation reports with minimal guidance from supervisor.
Excellent organizational and time management skills: You will be expected to allocate and manage your time, and anticipate and request support from other staff so that you can meet your deadlines
Bilingual in Spanish (highly desirable)
Experience conducting or analyzing preschool classroom and/or student assessments.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience, full benefits package
Internal Number: ASRSJ1
About Applied Survey Research (ASR)
Applied Survey Research (ASR) is a growing non-profit social research firm whose mission is to conduct research and evaluation efforts that help people build better communities. For nearly 40 years, ASR’s operations on the Central Coast, Bay Area and Sacramento regions of California have provided needs assessment, strategic planning, program design, and evaluation services to a wide range of organizations including federal, state, county and city governmental agencies; as well as foundations and non-profit organizations. Our work focuses on vulnerable populations and covers a range of content areas including: child development, early education, youth development, mental health, and community/public health.