The Research Project Coordinator at the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (WRI) coordinates and performs activities for research and evaluation projects, conducts public policy analyses and facilitates convenings that help advance policy goals, and contributes to dissemination and development efforts including writing grants and contract proposals and disseminating project findings to general and academic and audiences.
The Coordinator will coordinate and conduct surveys, focus groups, interviews with respondents and collaborating agencies within the South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative evaluation and other projects. Designs and coordinates research studies related to this work. Presents progress and manages relationships with collaborating agencies and stakeholders in Southern New Jersey. Identifies appropriate funding opportunities and makes significant contributions to the design, implementation, and reporting in these projects. Writes reports, prepares conference presentations, contributes to journal article submissions, and prepares and presents reports to a variety of public and private stakeholders. Provides training and observational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student evaluation team members. Conducts quantitative analysis using frequencies, and descriptive and inferential statistics, and basic qualitative analysis using appropriate software. Performs professional work requiring specific knowledge in public affairs and public policy and a solid understanding, use, and application of concepts, theories, principles, practices, terminology, and applied bases in their area of specialization.
Minimum: Requires a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs, Public Policy, or a related social or behavioral science discipline (e.g. psychology, public health, criminal justice, organizational development, etc.) or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience, and knowledge of general principles within a discipline and the ability to use that knowledge for practical application
A minimum of two years of relevant professional research and evaluation experience is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Public Affairs, Public Policy, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, or a closely related field is preferred. Candidates with experience working and networking in South Jersey are preferred. A minimum of five years of relevant professional research and evaluation experience is preferred.
Equipment Utilized: SPSS, Microsoft Office Suite, Qualtrics
Physical Demands and Work Environment: Surveys, interviews, and naturalistic observations are conducted in Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. Reliable transportation is required as evaluative measures are administered in the field. Work is generally conducted in a typical office setting requiring the use of computers, copiers, printers, and other workplace-related technology