Senior Qualitative Research and/or Evaluation Analyst

The Research and Evaluation MERL team at Elite Research collaborates with government, community-based organizations, philanthropy, non-governmental organizations, and academic partners to conduct small, moderate, and large-scale research and evaluations of programs and services, leverage data for action, and support the development and improvement of community-based programs, initiatives, and services. With numerous distinct contracts and grants at any one time, the Senior Analyst works with a variety of internal and external collaborators, supports small to large evaluation projects and research studies, manages multiple tasks simultaneously, amid multiple shifting priorities. These projects range from evaluations of national programs to statewide surveys and academic research, to robust government-funded evaluation studies of public health interventions, to local program evaluations carried out in collaboration with community-based organizations.

The Senior Qualitative Research/Evaluation Analyst is responsible for supporting qualitative research and evaluation projects under the direction of the Director of Qualitative MERL and the Consultants. The analyst works closely with the Director of Qualitative MERL, other team members, and subject matter experts (SMEs) using a variety of research techniques to assist clients in meeting their research objectives and uncovering actionable insights from both academic and nonacademic types of qualitative data. Though not directly leading projects, the Senior Analyst will work alongside Consultants in meeting clients and providing consultations relative to qualitative or evaluation needs. In doing so, the Senior Analyst acquires a thorough understanding project needs and produces highly effective actionable insights that make a real difference in client programs and organizations. The Senior Analyst moderates qualitative studies, manages projects, and prepares/reviews deliverables for qualitative research and evaluation projects, along with contributing to creative proposals. The Senior Analyst also trains team members (as needed) on qualitative research and evaluation methods, design, data coding and analysis, and setup and management of project activities.



Key Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to)

  • Advocate for and contribute to developing a learning and growth mindset within the team.
  • Deepen existing/future client/staff relationships to generate and create incremental business.
  • Design a qualitative research strategy from planning to execution that is supportive of our mission.
  • Develop insightful proposals with innovative qualitative solutions to client problems.
  • Understand and relay information that would be beneficial to client's business or programs via interpreting, analyzing and synthesizing research data into meaningful and insightful qualitative reports/presentations.
  • Collect and analyze data with rigor and integrity and curate insights that are concise and appropriately accessible to other audiences.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with global (internal and external) research teams during qualitative project execution (in-person or remote) to ensure quality of results and communication delivered to clients.
  • Contribute to and develop proposals with qualitative or mixed methods solutions to client problems.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and creativity in working with clients and in addressing research challenges, including showing adaptability with regard to working with various personalities, changes to project schedules, budgets, project needs and objectives, participant recruitment, data collection, and results.
  • Design and conduct training on qualitative research and evaluation methods for staff and clients.
  • Design or review data collection instruments that align with project objectives.
  • Contribute to marketing communications (e.g., blog posts, articles, webinars, and conference papers) specific to qualitative research methodologies.
  • Maintain highest level of data security and client confidentiality.
  • Support Elite Research’s goal of empowering researchers through education and communication by providing clients with clear and specific guidance and feedback.
  • Other responsibilities as may be assigned.
  • Other responsibilities as may be assigned.


  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, etc.).
  • 3 to 5 years of professional experience in a research or evaluation role with a qualitative focus, with at least 2 years of experience in a client service capacity.
  • Ability to analyze information, interpret, summarize data, communicate and present findings in ways easily understandable to decision-makers within the organization and externally.
  • Ability to work creatively and think commercially. Have a flexible, innovative and analytical working style.
  • Experience working with a variety of public, private, nonprofit and grassroots organizational structures, governing bodies, including boards of directors, advisory boards, etc.
  • Strong hands-on experience and working knowledge of managing the qualitative research cycle.
  • Knowledge and experience of program evaluation principles, theories, concepts and practices, research and evaluation methods and tools for observing and interpreting patterns.
  • Knowledge and experience of using evaluation and community-based research to inform program development, including Participatory Action Research and Cultural Competency.
  • Ability to remaining focused on goals and objectives, meet deadlines and be persistent.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly with others (verbal & written), including with internal team members and clients.
  • Solid project management of multiple projects, delegation and planning skills, high level of organization, attention to detail, self-starter.
  • Strong proficiency and understanding of various qualitative analysis tools (NVIVO, Dedoose, ATLAS.ti, etc.).
  • Strong proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and strong storytelling skills.

    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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must have the ability to operate a personal computer and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include ability to distinguish the nature of objects using the eye.


    Employees are responsible for performing their duties in an environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, coercion, or harassment, including sexual harassment. Work is performed primarily indoors in an office. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate. The employee may be required to travel.


    Employees are responsible to assist in the creation of a culture of safety and environmental protection by performing work safely in accordance with departmental safety procedures as well as operate equipment safely and report any unsafe work conditions or practice to their supervisor.


    This description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions associated with the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

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