Employment Opportunity – Director of Research
National Disability Institute (NDI) seeks an innovative and ambitious individual to lead research efforts supporting our mission to promote the financial empowerment of people with disabilities. NDI is searching for an individual well versed in quantitative and qualitative research and policy and program evaluation. The qualified candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of disability data and disability issues, including the social model of disability. In addition, the qualified candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of standard approaches to evaluation and public policy analysis needed to explore the growing body of literature on workforce development, behavioral economics, and financial fragility and poverty.
The qualified candidate will have a successful track record of identifying knowledge gaps and developing and executing research proposals to fill those gaps and be able to furnish research support for NDI projects that provide training or technical assistance to community-based organizations. In addition, the qualified candidate should also bring fresh ideas to the organization and think creatively about how research can help fulfill NDI’s mission.
The Director of Research position is part of the senior leadership team and reports to the Executive Director.
Location of work:
This is a full-time position located in the downtown Washington, D.C. office. This position may require additional time commitments outside of a typical workday to complete all tasks. Some travel is required.
- Lead discrete research projects from the early stages of conceptualization and proposal development through project completion.
- Conduct research and data analysis to produce major reports and academic papers providing statistics for use across the organization. This includes desktop (quantitative analyses and literature reviews) and field research (focus groups and interviews).
- Design and implement data analytics to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of NDI’s programs.
- Develop deliverables for specific projects at the discretion of the Executive Director.
- Integrate research findings into a wide variety of NDI materials, working with NDI programmatic staff.
- Conduct accurate and professional research tasks ensuring on-time completion.
- Assist with proposal writing, literature reviews and other proposal development tasks for projects with a research or evaluation component led by non-research staff.
- Initiate collaboration and maintain relationships with groups and individuals such as freelance researchers and field investigators.
- Supervise staff and consultants providing support to research activities.
- Communicate key research findings to external audiences through report writing, webinar and/or conference presentations.
- Masters or doctoral degree or equivalent experience in data analytics, public policy, economics, behavioral or social sciences, public health, or other relevant disciplines. PhD strongly preferred but not required.
- Minimum ten years’ experience in designing and bringing research projects to completion, with a strong foundation in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and a broad understanding of disability and financial capability issues.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to explain observations and findings to diverse stakeholder audiences including program administrators and policymakers.
- Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail; the flexibility to manage multiple priorities. simultaneously under deadlines.