Research Associate I (Qualitative)-RCORP

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 12:41

JBS International, Inc., a North Bethesda health and human services consulting firm, seeks a mixed-methods Research Associate with expertise in qualitative analyses and experience in quantitative analysis to join a fast-paced multidisciplinary research team to provide research support by assisting with instrumentation design, data collection and documentation efforts and data analysis and report-writing for a national evaluation of targeted funding to address the opioid epidemic in rural communities.

 The Research Associate I will use a high level of attention to detail and organization to play a primary role in qualitative protocol development, conducting qualitative data collection, cleaning and analysis and supporting quantitative data collection, cleaning and analysis. For both types of activities, the research associate will design and implement procedures for document management and tracking and report and presentation development. The successful candidate will take an active role in continually developing/refining procedures and analytic approaches to maintain methodological rigor while maximizing responsiveness to client information needs. The successful candidate will enjoy a collaborative work environment while also having the ability to work independently.


·         Qualitative  

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Assists with the design and implementation of qualitative protocols

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Assists with the design of qualitative instrumentation and site visit protocols

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Implements site visit protocols

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Collects and maintains project-specific qualitative data, codes qualitative data, conducts qualitative analysis and interprets findings

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Assists with the extraction of data from primary and/or secondary data sources (e.g.- surveys, performance measure databases, progress reports, etc.)

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Conducts site visits ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

·         Conducts qualitative analysis with minimal supervision

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Researches and develops analytical strategies to address issues, trends, patterns, and relationships in the data that provide answers to questions posed by project administrators, staff, or clients

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Conducts data analysis using Atlas.ti and illustrates results to make them understandable to the project team, client, and communities¬†

·         Conducts quantitative analysis with some supervision

·         Attends project-related meetings

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†When requested, serves as a representative for the project in workgroups

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†May give presentations at meetings, trainings, and conferences

·         Prepares high-quality materials for clients (e.g., reports, PowerPoint presentations)

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Responds verbally and in writing as needed to questions and concerns

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Converts data outputs to charts, tables, infographics, and text for use in presentations and reports¬†

‚ÄĒ ¬† ¬†¬†Participates in the development of issue briefs, case studies, and other materials to convey study findings, best practices, and recommendations to a wide audience

·         Conducts literature reviews and synthesizes information for use in protocols 

·         Supports business proposal development efforts drafting and/or finalizing proposal documents, (e.g. staffing, understanding, and technical sections).


Education: Master’s degree; preferably in research and evaluation, psychology, or public health

Language: English Fluency (oral and written)

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of experience collecting and analyzing qualitative data. A minimum of 3 years of research and evaluation experience with an emphasis on Atlas.ti (e.g., reviewing and coding in Atlas.ti). 

Knowledge: Ability to communicate research and evaluation findings clearly to a variety of audiences both orally and in writing. Knowledge of substance use disorders, behavioral health, or rural health.

Soft Skills:  Ability to work in collaborative work environment while also having the ability to work independently. High level of attention to detail and organization

Software Proficiency: Microsoft Office Suite, data analytic software (SPSS and Atlas.ti), data visualization software.

 Location: North Bethesda, MD headquarters or Remote.  


Experience: Experience conducting literature reviews and synthesizing information for use in the creation of instrumentation.

Knowledge: Understanding of opioid use disorders and rural health.   

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.

 If you meet the minimum requirements for this position, please click on the "Apply" link posted below and complete the online application. 

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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