Casey Family Programs is a national operating foundation that provides and improves
—and ultimately prevents the need for—foster care. We value a diverse and culturally
The Sr. Research Associate will independently manage and oversee a variety of research projects and
dissemination activities and collaborate with others in the field to support a broad research agenda to
advance policy, practice, and systems change in child welfare.
. Work directly and in close collaboration with Casey staff and jurisdiction leaders,
national experts, and constituents to design, plan and coordinate all aspects of
research studies including managing multiple projects independently from start to
finish. This includes overseeing research contractors and budgets, developing project
goals and project design, creating timelines, conducting statistical analyses, and
satisfying Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements.
. Lead dissemination efforts of research products and findings, including but not limited
to working directly with external and internal public policy staff, communications
directors, other researchers, and child welfare leaders. Package research results for
different audiences, including peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, reports,
newsletters/listserves, webinars, conference presentations, policy briefs, and other
research documents. Make presentations to and lead research briefings with internal
and external audiences.
. Serve as an expert resource to internal groups as well as external constituents,
providing varying levels of support and leadership. This may include collaboration on
projects, providing training, ongoing oversight, technical assistance and project
. Interface with external and internal Public Policy staff to identify and conduct policy-
relevant research, policy analysis, and evaluations. Highlight and summarize the public
policy implications of research findings for dissemination.
. Assist the Research Directors and Managing Director in collaborating and coordinating
with other funders and researchers in the field to develop a national research agenda
for child welfare. Identify opportunities for leveraging funding and developing
partnerships for moving the research agenda forward.
. Represents Research Services at key national meetings to contribute and stay current
about developments in the field of policy, practice and research.
PhD in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or other related field preferred, plus 4 years managing or directing research projects in human services. Master’s Degree with 7 years and significant leadership experience may be substituted.
Advanced knowledge of research methods (both qualitative and quantitative) and statistical analysis, with a solid grounding in program evaluation. Experience with geographic information systems is preferred.
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