Career Level Staff
Experience 5 Years
Qualifications Bachelor's Degree
Abt Associates seeks a qualified Associate in the Division of Health and Environment to support research and evaluation of criminal justice programs, substance use programs (including opioids), and other relevant health programs within a social determinants of health framework.
The Associate will apply general and specialized knowledge of principles and concepts of criminal justice, behavioral health, and broader social science research. Using independent judgement and discretion, s/he will apply standard and innovative quantitative and/or qualitative methods and techniques. The position holder will draft and manage the implementation of procedures for data collection, manipulation, and analysis during all project phases.
Work in the Division of Health and Environment helps shape federal policy, while improving program efficiency and effectiveness. Federal government agencies, such as the National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, call on us to conduct policy-driven research and evaluate their key programs.
The position holder will implement and manage project schedules, plans, goals and budgets under the indirect supervision of more senior staff, independently analyze issues to reconcile and resolve problems and apply his or her knowledge and experience of general operations, systems, and project procedures.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
- Lead project management teams and perform/manage a variety of research analysis tasks
- Assume the lead role in portions of large, moderately complex project(s) and/or proposals
- Draft and manage the implementation of procedures for data collection, manipulation and analysis during all project phases. May participate in the establishment of new or revised systems, policies or methods
- Apply quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques and methods
- Independently work on assignments that are complex under indirect supervision where there is latitude for independent action and decision-making
- May perform multiple routine to moderately complex tasks
- Apply general and specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and business operations in the field(s) of specialization. Using independent judgement and discretion apply standard and non-standard quantitative and/or qualitative methods and techniques
- May provide training and technical supervision to less experienced staff
- Establish an industry presence as a subject-matter expert by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and/or by presenting at annual conferences and meetings
- Identify and recruit substantive peers and actively participate in the development of less senior staff
- Review project reports and findings. Review applications, data sets and models for anomalies to ensure accuracy
Preferred Skills / Prerequisites
- Knowledge of and strong interest in research and evaluation of criminal justice programs and policies.
- Proficient in statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, R or Python.
- Conducts research with attention to detail.
- Demonstrated capabilities in managing project tasks and budgets.
- Technical expertise and supervisory/staff development skills strongly preferred.
- Works effectively on teams
- MA/MBA with 7 – 10 years of experience OR PhD with 4 – 6 years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience