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 projects at any one time, the analyst supports a variety of internal and external collaborators, 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 and research studies of public health interventions to local program evaluations carried out in collaboration with community-based organizations.
The Senior Quantitative Analyst is responsible for designing, moderating, and executing quantitative projects for both existing and new accounts, supporting the quantitative MERL staff. This analyst focuses on developing a variety of quantitative research and evaluation programs while working closely with a wide range of clients and using a variety of research techniques to uncover actionable insights. The analyst requires a strong understanding of research and evaluation needs and produces highly effective actionable insights that make a real difference in client programs and organizations. The analyst moderates quantitative studies, manages projects and prepares/reviews deliverables for quantitative research and evaluation projects.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Key Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to)
Design and development of compelling data visualization (maps, charts, and graphs) and dashboards using data sets from various sources.
Providing visual, technical, and editorial guidance as it relates to data visualization.
Research and develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) utilization strategies for internal and external practices and procedures that aligns with compliance for the purpose of streamlining efficiency.
Advocate and contribute to the development of a learning mindset within and across teams.
Design a quantitative research strategy from planning to execution that is supportive of our mission.
Develop insightful proposals with innovative quantitative solutions to client problems.
Build and strengthen the MERL team in various aspects of quantitative research and evaluation (develop positions, produce training, team building, and leadership materials).
Demonstrated expertise in managing and analyzing messy datasets and translating results into concrete and practical applications for non-research audiences.
Shape clients’ business objectives by interpreting, analyzing and synthesizing research data into meaningful and insightful quantitative reports/presentations.
Collect and analyze data with rigor and integrity and curate insights that are concise and appropriately accessible to other audiences.
Analyze quantitative data, interpret statistics and draft findings, including data visualization.
Clearly communicate the results of analytical work to non-technical audiences in both written and oral communication.
Collaborate with global research teams during quantitative project execution to ensure quality of results and communication delivered to clients.
Contribute to marketing communications (e.g., blog posts, articles, webinars, and conference papers) specific to quantitative research methodologies.
Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders, in-person and/or remotely.
Maintain highest level of data security and client confidentiality.
Other responsibilities as may be assigned.
Other responsibilities as may be assigned.
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
Master’s or Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (sociology, statistics, political science, psychology, economics, data science) with relevant experience in social research techniques, with expertise in quantitative and experimental methods.
2 to 4 years of professional experience in a research role with a quantitative focus, with at least 1 year of experience in a client service capacity.
Good cartography skills
Ability to analyze, interpret, summarize data, communicate and present findings in ways understandable to decision-makers within the organization and externally.
Ability to work creatively, think commercially, and 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.
Experience in the planning, executing, and reporting of projects, while ensuring quality and useful insights that lead to impactful decisions.
Knowledge and experience of program evaluation principles, theories, concepts and practices, research methods and tools for observing and interpreting patterns.
Ability to think strategically, remaining focused on goals and objectives, meet deadlines, be persistent, and solve problems as they arise.
Strong interpersonal skills, supervisory experience, and the ability to communicate clearly with others (verbal and written), whilst coaching and encouraging team members.
Ability to work closely within multidisciplinary teams, diverse personalities, and a wide variety of professional backgrounds and experiences.
Solid project management of multiple projects, delegation and planning skills, high level of organization, attention to detail, and a self-starter.
Proficiency with data visualization tools (Tableau, Python, R, etc.).
Proficiency and understanding of various quantitative design and analysis tools (MPlus, SPSS Stata, R, etc.).
Experience with using various types of Artificial Intelligence (AI) apps and bots for streamlining the efficiency of practices and procedures.
Expert proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
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.