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, financial fragility and poverty.
The qualified candidate will have a successful track record of leadership and initiative identifying knowledge gaps, 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. The qualified candidate will have the qualifications listed below and demonstrate the ability to meet the essential functions. 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.
NDI staff are currently working remotely. The office is scheduled to re-open in 2022 under a hybrid (home/office) model.
- Lead discrete research projects from the early stages of conceptualization and proposal development through project completion.
- Conduct research in two areas:
- Program-specific research focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of NDI programs; and
- Institute-wide research focused on topics that are relevant to advancing the financial empowerment of persons with disabilities.
- Communicate key research findings to external audiences through report writing, webinar and/or conference presentations.
- Design and implement data analytics to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of NDI’s programs.
- Integrate research findings into a wide variety of NDI materials, working with NDI leadership and programmatic staff.
- Conduct accurate and professional research tasks ensuring on-time completion.
- Identify potential sources of new funding to support the organization’s research agenda by searching for and contributing to fundraising:
- Lead proposal writing for research funding; and
- Contribute to proposal writing for proposals with a research component.
- Complete literature reviews and other research to support proposal development and other fundraising activities.
- Develops, implements and monitors evaluation of project activities, as required by contracts
- Develops, implements and monitors tracking and evaluation of organization’s activities, outputs and outcomes.
- Develops data collection policies and practices and monitors uniform data collection compliance and quality across organization
- 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.
- Doctoral degree in data analytics, public policy, economics, behavioral or social sciences, public health, or other relevant disciplines.
- Minimum 10 years’ experience in designing and bringing research projects to completion, with a strong foundation in quantitative and qualitative research methods and a broad understanding of disability, race equity and financial capability issues.
- Demonstrated experience in both desktop (quantitative analyses and literature reviews) and field research (focus groups and interviews).
- Prior experience analyzing U.S. Census Bureau Data (e.g., tables and microdata) desired.
- Skilled in use of Google Analytics, including creating dashboards and teaching other staff how to use the suite of tools.
- 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.
- Flexibility to manage multiple priorities simultaneously under deadlines.
Salary commensurate with experience. NDI offers employees a comprehensive benefits package, including a 401K and health insurance.
People with disabilities and applicants who are Black, Latino and/or Indigenous are encouraged to apply. NDI is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. We follow non-discriminatory hiring practices.
Submit a cover letter, resume and relevant research paper or other example of your work product to Gail Watson at email@example.com. No phone calls, please.