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Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
JOB #R2000014

Senior Research Analyst - Child Welfare

Senior Research Analyst – Child Welfare

Children & Youth, Justice and Behavioral Health

Client Site in Washington, DC

Just graduate, are you new to Social Work and have a passion for analytics as it pertains to Child Welfare? Then this may be just what you are looking for! Apply and let us explore this.


Experience with Child Welfare AND have experience and enjoy analytics, then please consider this role!

Position Summary/Purpose:

The Senior Research Analyst will support the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families’ Office of Data, Analysis, Research, and Evaluation (ODARE) in managing, analyzing, and reporting on national and state child welfare data, with an emphasis on data analysis related to child welfare outcomes. In addition to general data management and analytic responsibilities, the Senior Research Analyst will also manage the production and dissemination of the annual Child Welfare Outcomes Report to Congress as well as oversee the continued development and maintenance of the Child Welfare Outcomes Data Site. The Senior Research Analyst will work closely with ODARE staff to support the management and analysis of data submitted by states to federal data collection systems that may include the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS), the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), and the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD).  The Senior Research Analyst will develop an understanding of data issues facing states and participate in communication with states and regional offices and divisions of the Children’s Bureau (CB) to assist states with improving data quality or submitting timely and compliant data files. 

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

Assist in the management and coordination of all Child Welfare Outcomes Report and Child Welfare Outcomes Report Data Site project tasks. Conduct analyses and prepare detailed written evaluations of state and national performance on a set of national outcomes related to child safety, permanency, and well-being. Communicate regularly with all Child Welfare Outcomes Report project staff regarding deadlines, project status, and quality assurance. Assist in data quality assurance activities and preparation of material for inclusion in annual Child Welfare Outcomes Report and other products/reports as assigned. Design and generate customized reports in response to Federal and State officials. Assist in developing effective methods of data presentation for a wide variety of audiences. Provide technical assistance and guidance to state child welfare agencies and CB’s Regional Offices with regard to compiling, submitting, and correcting AFCARS data submissions.  Assist in the management of federal data collection systems and in the monitoring of state AFCARS data improvement plans. Participate in Federal meetings, committees and workgroups as appropriate. Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Skills:

Proficient use of SPSS analytic software

Ability to manage and analyze data using Microsoft Excel

Working knowledge of Tableau or similar visualization software

Experience with managing and overseeing data collection systems

Familiarity with title IV-E child welfare programs

Challenges of the Position:

Perform complex statistical analyses of large, aggregate data sets using SPSS software; prioritize and manage multiple tasks under critical timeframes; demonstrate strong attention to detail and quality check all outputs; work both independently and collaboratively with Federal, State, and consultant staff; utilize strong written and verbal communication skills to share information related to complex data analyses to a variety of audiences.

Related Duties and/or Matrixed Participation:

Participate in related Children’s Bureau activities and meetings; represent Information Gateway and the Children’s Bureau at selected conferences; interface with ACF staff; work across Children’s Bureau divisions; provide support to Federal and consultant staff related to data issues.

Reporting Structure:

Supervision received: Receives direct supervision from the Federal point of contact and corporate supervision from the Manager for Child Welfare Strategic Initiatives.

Working at ICF

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ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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