Research Associate I - AmeriCorps (CA)

Tue, 05/25/2021 - 01:04

The Research Associate I (RA I) will conduct research and evaluation related to community service programs funded by AmeriCorps, including new projects as they arise.

The RA I will apply their quantitative and qualitative expertise to research and evaluation projects on national service programs to strengthen these programs responses to community needs.  The RA I will support data collection efforts, data management, statistical analysis, report writing and presentation. The RA I will proactively seek out ways to assist clients and project teams by identifying and proposing appropriate solutions and services that can be provided by JBS to the client. The RA I will actively cultivate long-term relationships with existing clients and partners and will also seek out potential new relationships by managing projects with excellence and providing consistently excellent customer service. The RA I will engage in a process of continuous commitment to excellent client relations, as focus on these relationships is one of the primary strategic roles of the position across all areas of his/her/their work. The RA I will be responsible for working well with senior staff working on community service programs and model an excellent approach to teamwork.  

This is a great opportunity if you want to make a difference by supporting data analysis and dissemination products for policy makers, program managers, service providers and researchers who use the information to make decisions that strengthen community-based programs. As a research associate you will bring a rigorous yet practical approach to assessing what works and what doesn’t in a community. The research associate thrives on learning and applying diverse research methods to deliver high-quality survey, data collection, technical assistance, and program design services that will strengthen communities and make real progress, especially for rural communities and disadvantaged community members.  Daily, the research associate works in a dynamic, collaborative, fast paced research environment that generates and celebrates success. The research associate manages multiple assignments and executes work independently, strives for accuracy and completeness, thinks critically, communicates clearly, and has an open mind in exploring new approaches to solve unexpected problems.


Research and Evaluation Activities

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Collaborate with colleagues in carrying out data collection efforts;

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Review and monitor data collection plans,¬†

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Participate with colleagues in the development of evaluation tools ‚Äď surveys and other protocols to carry out research and evaluations;¬†

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Assist in developing interviewer training materials and training protocols;

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Conduct evaluation research studies on community service programs and education-related topics, as directed;

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Enter, clean, process, manipulate and analyze quantitative data as part of the evaluation team;¬†

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Provide expertise for both simple and complex analyses (e.g., experimental and quasi experimental design for approaches including Time Series, Growth Curve Models, Propensity Score Matched Designs and/or Regression Discontinuity Design);

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Conduct data analysis in collaboration with other staff or alone; apply sufficient knowledge of statistical procedures and statistical programming to work independently on statistical analysis;¬†

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Support qualitative data collection including interviews and focus groups

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Assist with cleaning and analyzing qualitative data using qualitative analytic software (e.g., SAS, ATLAS.ti) ¬†

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Contribute to data interpretation and publications;

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Contribute to research and evaluation designs in collaboration with other team members;

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Write memoranda, e-mail correspondence, project documents, reports or sections of reports, literature reviews, and other written documents, in collaboration with other staff or alone;¬†

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Contribute to preparation and production of reports and presentations to include graphics, tables, arrangements for printing, etc.


Business Development Support

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Assist in the development of new business areas;

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Contribute to the development of proposals;¬†

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Use specialized knowledge of a region or area of expertise to assist senior staff in investigating and developing new business opportunities through review of potential proposal requests, research for networking with other organizations, contacts and recruitment of subject matter experts in the area;


Logistical and Administrative tasks

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Manage projects or lead key tasks, as directed;¬†

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Manage and help manage workshops for clients, as needed;

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Prepare reports, to include writing, proofreading, creating graphics or tables, making arrangement for printing, etc.;

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Assist other team members with formatting and packaging proposals and deliverables;

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Assist with consultant recruitment, contract processing, and logistical planning;¬†

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Develop, with other team members, materials for presentation at conferences, seminars, and workshops;

‚Äʬ† ¬†¬†Handle job tasks with minimal supervision, completing them in an accurate and timely manner.



Language: English Fluency 

Education: Master’s degree with four years of relevant experience or Ph.D. with one year of relevant experience preferably in Sociology, Statistics, Education, Social Sciences, Community Psychology, Public Health or a similar field. 

Knowledge:  Strong project management background; Must be highly adept at multi-tasking. 

Soft Skills: Ability to communicate effectively, ability to work independently or work collaboratively with a team.  Ability to work in fast paced environment with multiple deadlines. Must demonstrate initiative. 

Experience: Experience conducting quantitative research and evaluation in national service program, education or a related field.

Software Proficiency: Experience conducting analysis in SAS, Stata, or R. Proficiency in MS Excel, Access and Word (especially graph and table proficiency), Power Point, Alchemer or other online survey services. Knowledge of research and evaluation design, statistical analysis techniques and familiarity with survey methods. 

Location: Must be able to report to our San Mateo, California office, once it reopens, with partial work from home time negotiable. This is not a permanent telecommuting opportunity.  



Software Proficiency: In addition to the minimum qualifications, the candidate has advanced experience performing statistical analysis with SAS; and experience conducting qualitative data collection (interviews, focus groups) and qualitative analysis using qualitative analytic software (e.g., ATLAS.ti). Advanced experience with database development and management using MS Access or other tools and/or familiarity with SQL is also a plus. Familiarity with and basic knowledge of non-profits and foundations, community service programs and volunteerism. Proficiency in Alchemer or other online survey services.  


OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position nor will it be the sole basis for any subsequent employee evaluations. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required by their supervisor.


This position is subject to availability of funds and to any and all restrictions contained in the contract or contracts that provide funding for this position.


At this time, we are unable to consider candidates from the following states: AK, AR, HI, IN, NH, OH, KY, LA, ME, MS, MO, MT, SD, ND, IA



If you meet the minimum requirements for this position, please click on the "Apply" link and complete the application. Please include a cover letter, resume, and at least three (3) professional references. 

Our company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Applicants can learn more about the company's status as an equal opportunity employer by viewing the federal "EEO is the Law" poster at EEOPost.pdf. 

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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