Casey Family Programs Sr. Research Associate

Job Summary:
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.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • 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 management.
  • 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.
  • Focus on one or more of the following areas:
    • Community indicators, such as risk factors for child maltreatment and community health such as employment, household income, housing
    • Geographic analyses – including geo-mapping.
    • Evaluation of community-based family support intiatives.
  • Represents Research Services at key national meetings to contribute and stay current about developments in the field of policy, practice and research.
  • Supervise one or more Casey Research Services student interns, contractors, and temporary employees. May help supervise one or more Research Analysts on specific projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.


No application deadline is given.