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Research Associate
Guttmacher InstituteWashington, DCInvalid date

Location: New York City
Posted: January 2022
Status: Full-time, Regular, Exempt
Reports To: Principal or Senior Research Scientist
Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute is a global leader in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through a unique and interrelated program of high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy and strategic communications, the Institute works to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development; its overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people worldwide. The Institute is engaged in building a more inclusive, transparent and equitable organization.
Position summary:
A Research Associate works with a substantial degree of independence under the direction of senior research staff, performs a variety of complex research and management tasks, and supervises research assistants, especially, but not only, on fielding activities. Research tasks may include collection of quantitative data (often by overseeing fielding of surveys), collection of qualitative data, data processing and/or implementing data analyses, coordinating project timelines, compilation of information, and writing reports, including publishable products. A Research Associate contributes to a range of other administrative and institutional activities and typically serves as a project manager on one or more projects or project components.
Responsibilities of this role:
This position will be primarily responsible for analyzing complex survey data, including administrative and weighted data for domestic and international research studies. The position will primarily support state- and/or federal-level research and provide expertise in Bayesian statistics and data mapping. The position may also work with research partners from different organizations and countries.
Project tasks

  • Schedule, monitor, manage and coordinate a variety of tasks necessary for the fielding of large-scale surveys, including sample selection, mailings, tracking and follow-up, coding, and overall productivity and quality.

  • Serve as project manager by working closely with project principals to oversee budget, staffing, timeline and work plans.

  • Assist with recruitment, training, and mentoring of staff

  • Supervise tracking of survey respondents

  • Supervise checking and coding of questionnaires in preparation for data entry

  • Monitor that a study’s methodological procedures and documentation are properly followed to ensure data quality

  • Implement data analyses using statistical packages (Stata, R and NVivo preferred).

  • Participate in the writing and/or review of project reports or articles.

  • Coordinate projects that involve Guttmacher’s partnering with external collaborating organizations; includes coordinating internal meetings of project staff, meetings with external collaborators, and logistical preparations for project work.

  • Design, format and proofread questionnaires, with direction from senior staff on content; supervise research assistants on formatting, proofreading and translation of these documents.

  • Assist with IRB-related preparation as needed.

  • Responsible for appropriate (confidential if required) storage, archiving or disposal of survey questionnaires.

  • Serve as a project’s point person to review and fact check materials as requested by other divisions (such as news releases and social media outputs).

  • Develop, implement, and ensure adherence to reproducibility standards (e.g., use of Git, institutional guidelines).

  • Coordinate projects that involve external collaborating entities in the U.S. or in other countries (e.g., convene meetings, coordinate field visits, maintain collaborative relationships outside of funded initiatives).

Analytic Tasks

  • Able to perform complex data handling and data transformation tasks using STATA, the primary programming language used at the Guttmacher Institute

  • Able to merge multiple or complex files, transpose and restructure data files, and to process hierarchical and complex data sets

  • Able to conduct complex statistical analyses, including but not limited to Bayesian methods (e.g., JAGS or Stan highly desirable), longitudinal or hierarchical analyses, data loops, and imputation

  • Perform data visualization and mapping, such as with R, ArcGIS, Maptitude, and/or SQL

  • Experience with administrative data, nationally representative or other weighted data sets

  • Experience working with large, national demographic and social science datasets

  • Ability to implement reproducible methods (GitKraken, GitHub highly desirable).

Additional responsibilities

  • Work with cross-divisional teams (e.g., communications, Policy Finance & Administration), when applicable, to coordinate work.

  • Assist with proposal development.

  • Present findings and represent Guttmacher at meetings and conferences.

  • Responsible for appropriate storage, archiving or disposal of survey questionnaires.

  • Perform other reasonably related job duties as assigned by supervisor, division management or project principals.


  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to schedule and coordinate work of a team.

  • Ability to train and supervise others, particularly research assistants.

  • Ability to be the liaison with, and to professionally manage communication with, consultants, collaborators, and/or organizations.

  • Master’s degree in a social science, health or demography field and a minimum of three years of progressively responsible related work experience; or a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and five years of progressively responsible related work experience.

  • Ability to travel and represent Guttmacher at external meetings and conferences.

  • Ability to plan ahead and foresee needs and problems.

  • Effective communication, organizational and management skills.

  • Efficiency, accuracy, high productivity and professionalism

Salary and benefits:
Salary starting at $76,000 to mid $80k’s and will be commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time, paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.
The Guttmacher Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $76,000.00 per year
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