The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national organization representing nearly 3,000 local health departments (LHDs) nationwide, has an immediate opening for a Director of Research.
A Director of Research seeks to increase the use of rigorous and appropriate research methods throughout NACCHO’s programs and to increase the quality and impact of NACCHO’s work through strengthened research capacity. This position requires a high level of research and evaluation knowledge and both the conceptual understanding and sufficient professional experience to work on complex assignments with minimal supervision. The Director of Research oversees all research and survey efforts organization wide in conjunction with the Sr Director of Research and Evaluation. The Director of Research works with the Sr Director to create sustainable and ethical research efforts and frameworks at NACCHO. Contributes to and reviews research and research communication frameworks, plans, and tools; provides guidance and technical assistance to other professional staff at NACCHO; and makes recommendations to senior management.
The Director of Research is responsible for the effective day-to-day operations and outcomes of the research staff of the R&E team, developing and implementing initiatives to support R&E’s strategic direction, and directly supervising research staff and overseeing fiscal unit resources, in collaboration with the Senior Director. This position requires the ability to work at times on projects of a highly confidential and sensitive nature and interface with internal and external stakeholders across various levels.
The Director of Research works with the Senior Director, Director of Evaluation and others, to lead NACCHO teams in publishing research and evaluation articles, abstracts and white papers that establish NACCHO and the research and evaluation teams as thought leaders in public health. They also work with other senior staff to generate and establish new funding and work that is in line with the mission of NACCHO and the research and evaluation team.
The Director of Research is considered a career level professional and works with minimal supervision. The position requires proven analytical, research, and project management capabilities. Occasional travel may be required to represent NACCHO at scientific or professional meetings or as required by project activities.
COMPETENCIES AND EXPECTATIONS
Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar;
varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.
Unit Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.
Project Management – Ensures successful completion of unit or program activities; develops unit or program goals, and activities; ensures alignment of unit or program work with programmatic requirements and NACCHOs goals.
People Management – Supervises research staff of the R&E team; includes staff in planning, decision- making, facilitating and process improvement whenever feasible; takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; makes self-available to staff; provides regular and constructive performance feedback; develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; continually works to improve his/her own skills in leadership and management; aligns staff knowledge and skills with unit or program activities.
Budget Management - Obtains financial information from within and outside of an organization for relevant guidance or other information related to unit; reviews and evaluates the financial data and makes decisions as appropriate; prepares budget based on direction from budget and finance; uses guidelines for establishing effective budget objectives; collaborates across the organization to leverage unit resources and sustain unit activities.
Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results; adaptable and responsive to the changing work environment.
Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; aligns work with strategic goals; seeks to improve processes, products and services to meet customer and organizational need.
Stakeholder Engagement – Represents local public health interests, NACCHO, and relevant projects/activities to national, state, and local audiences; identifies, fosters, and maintains relationships with key stakeholders; liaises with stakeholders at the local, state, national, and international level, as relevant.
Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; builds a diverse workforce.
Human Resources - Understands and demonstrates knowledge of HR concepts, principles, and practices to determine workload projections and competency gaps to align human capital needs with organizational goals; understands and demonstrates knowledge of performance management concepts, principles, and practices related to planning, monitoring, rating, and rewarding employee performance.
Performance and Quality Improvement – Cultivates excellence; fosters quality focus in others; develops continuous improvement processes; monitors progress, evaluates results, and implements improvements.
POSITION SPECIFIC DUTIES
Supervise research staff in the development of project research plans and ensures the integrity of research plan execution.
Serves as principal point of contact for inquiries regarding research methods.
Contributes to long-term team project planning, identifying future activities and searching and applying for additional funding to support R&E work.
Assists Senior Director or Senior Advisor in connecting project work across the portfolio.
Oversees development and completion of project reports.
Sustains existing resources to support NACCHO’s activities related to R&E work.
Develops continuation and competitive grant proposals for R&E work and writes research sections for NACCHO proposals.
Represents NACCHO at national, state, and local meetings, conferences, and other public events on issues related to their unit, as needed.
Liaisons with other national organizations, industry, and federal, state, and local partners.
Represents the Senior Director or Senior Advisor at internal and external meetings, as designated.
Assists the Senior Director, Senior Advisor, or Chief of Programs in other matters, as assigned.
R&E specific duties
Develop and implement strategic plan for research at NACCHO including overseeing NACCHO wide standard operating procedures for research and data communication.
Encourage, and coordinate staff use of standardized frameworks for reporting data and findings, such as Livestories.
Characterize, monitor and summarize research work and products across NACCHO programs.
Advise NACCHO staff members on research design, planning, and implementation.
Create reporting and data management frameworks that increase the net impact of NACCHO research data and data/evidence-based communications.
Provide research-related technical support to NACCHO staff, including assistance in developing research hypotheses, research analytic plans, data collection instruments, statistical analysis of data and communication of research findings.
Provide research related technical assistance to local health departments participating in NACCHO- sponsored activities.
Assist NACCHO staff members in selecting external research consultants and monitoring the quality of their work.
Offer staff training on research-related topics such as survey design, analysis of survey data, and integration of data into planning and reporting.
Masters degree in public health or another relevant professional field with a minimum of 5-7 years relevant work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of 5 years of research experience in a public health related field.
Demonstrated experience leading and managing a major national survey effort.
Demonstrated capacity to lead peer reviewed publication efforts as first author.
Knowledge of research theory and design.
Knowledge of quantitative research methods, including study design, instrument design, data analysis, and reporting of research results.
Knowledge of qualitative research techniques, including study design, qualitative data collection techniques, and analysis of qualitative data.
Knowledge of basic statistical techniques, including descriptive and inferential statistics.
Experience with statistical analysis software (Stata preferred) and Web-based survey software required. Experience with qualitative analysis software (N-VIVO preferred) helpful.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Strong understanding of cooperative agreement, grant management and contract processes, especially from Federal funders.
Ability to establish effective working relationships with diverse groups and interact effectively with co-workers, NACCHO members, partner agencies, funders, and other external stakeholders.
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in a professional manner.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Occasionally required to sit.
Occasionally required to walk.
Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.
Occasionally required to talk or hear.
Occasionally required to bend, lift or climb
Occasionally required to lift light weights (less than 25 pounds)
The noise level in the work environment usually is moderate
HIRING SALARY RANGE: $97,389 – 109.075
SELECTION PROCESS: We only accept applications that follow the electronic process. No phone calls please. This position is subject to background screening. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, with salary requirements to: Director of Research.
NACCHO offers generous benefits plan including but not limited to 13 days of sick leave annual leave allowable accumulation up to 225 hours, and paid vacation leave, as well as other types of leave. NACCHO benefits include a generous health, dental, and vision plan, 5 percent of base salary contribution to 403(b) plan, (not a matching contribution); paid short and long term disability plan and paid term life insurance.
At NACCHO, our commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action seeks to ensure a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.
Internal Number: PN - 437
National Association of City & County Health Officials