Director, Research Services

Director, Research Services

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Casey Family Programs
United States

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
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Job Description: 
Job Details Description Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and two territories and with more than a dozen tribal nations to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. Casey Family Programs values inclusion, diversity, equity, and respect for individuals in the workplace. We encourage candidates with diverse lived experience and perspectives to apply. Casey Family Programs requires a COVID-19 vaccination for in-person work. Therefore, all employees will be required to present proof of vaccination status unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption. Job Summary: The Director, Research Services is responsible for leading evaluation studies for the team within Research Services at Casey Family Programs. This individual will work with Casey staff and other agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of child welfare and related prevention, education, employment and mental health programs, products or tools. The Director – Research Services will design and lead project teams whose purpose is to plan and coordinate research or evaluation projects, including research design, data collection, data coding, data analyses and report writing. This role requires familiarity with state and county child and family welfare agency research capabilities and resources, as well as the ability to develop and evaluate standardized measures for evaluating the effectiveness of child welfare programs, products and tools. Essential Responsibilities: · Apply an equity lens to program design and communication to ensure dissemination methods are inclusive and responsive to different audiences and needs. · Identify and engage appropriate stakeholders and constituents at the onset of projects, review data with them, interpret the findings, and make the findings actionable locally and nationally. · Focus on one or more of the following areas: o Economic analyses – with experience in conducting cost savings, benefit-cost, fund mapping, and other forms of financial analyses (including possibly producing benefit-cost analyses similar to what WSIPP can do but in real time as Casey needs them) o Advanced knowledge of qualitative and quantitative approaches to policy research methods and statistical analysis o Ability to access and analyze, on demand, a variety of cross-sector publicly-available data in a timely and competent fashion · Develops, leads, and monitors project teams that may consist of internal partners, external partners / contractors, or a blend of both as they conduct literature reviews, plan research, collect and analyze data, edit documents, write articles, book chapters, and reports for publications. o Oversees independent research contractors and budgets, develops project goals and design, creates timelines, conducts statistical analyses, and satisfies Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements. o Creates an organizational environment that fosters collaborative arrangements among team members and with academic or other professional organizations. · Create and lead dissemination efforts in using research findings to shape policy, program design and practice. These efforts may require writing technical and non-technical journal articles and reports, in-person and virtual presentations, and other briefings of findings to internal and external audiences. · Serve as an expert resource to internal groups as well as external partners, providing varying levels of support and leadership. This may include collaboration on projects, providing training, ongoing oversight, technical assistance and project management. · Perform data analysis and report writing with appropriate level of statistical detail for given audiences, including policy makers, state child and family welfare agency personnel, practitioners and Casey Family Program staff. · Collaborate with other funders and researchers in the field to implement a national research agenda for child welfare. · Represents Research Services at key national meetings to contribute and stay current about developments in the field of policy, practice and research. · Supervise Research Assistants, Interns, and external contractors regarding study design, analysis, summarization, and dissemination. · Contributes to an inclusive work environment by communicating respectfully, involving others in projects and coordinated efforts, and by developing self-awareness around personal biases · Occasionally assigned with other duties related to the role. Qualifications: Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or closely related field, and a minimum of 5 years experience in a research setting. (Ph.D. is preferred but not required.) Advanced knowledge of research methods and statistical analysis, including correlational techniques, significance testing, multivariate regression, and ANOVA, is required. Additional knowledge of statistical methods (e.g., latent class analysis, structural equation modeling, network analysis) is preferred. Excellent oral and communication skills, experience in designing and writing technical reports and making presentations to professional audiences required. Knowledge of APA style highly desired. Knowledge of child and family social services and/or child development is required. Requires proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint etc.). Ability to learn other pertinent software programs as required. Proven success in working in a diverse, multi-cultural environment is required The ability to travel by plane, car and/or public transportation are required to fulfill the responsibilities of this job. Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle or other transportation. Travel is required for meetings, conferences, and events; up to 20% travel required at times Ability to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information by learning and following all relevant policies and protocols and using sound judgment in the handling and sharing of that information. Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Qualifications Education Required PHD or better in Social Work or related field.

How to Apply

Application Contact: 
Heidi Tobaben
Application Deadline: 
September 30, 2022
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