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Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
JOB #R2003276

Research Science Director

ICF is seeking an Research Science Director to provide technical, management, and client leadership of research studies and program evaluations examining the implementation and effectiveness of adolescent health and school health programs, including but not limited to STD prevention and HIV/AIDs prevention, reproductive health and violence prevention programs.  Candidates must have the ability to conceptualize research problems, design and implement appropriate research methods, apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques, manage teams and work groups, and effectively communicate both orally and in writing with communities, colleagues, clients and their constituents. Candidates must have a track record as a researcher with a solid grounding in public health, social science, or behavioral science evaluation design and methodology.

Primary responsibilities include the management and methodological leadership to multi-method program evaluations of adolescent and school health programs.  The ideal candidate will have the capacity to work across varied areas of public health and contribute to methodology, design, and analysis of large scale evaluations. The position will include serving as technical lead for project teams, deliverables, publications, and leadership roles in the design, adaptation and evaluation of multi-component health programs. Experience working with school district and community health programs to assess evaluation readiness (i.e., evaluability assessments) is preferred.

The Research Science Director will have successfully managed teams and work groups performing work for federal, state, non-profit and/or foundation clients, will have a proven track record in managing multi-disciplinary teams, developing and managing project budgets, and will be able to leverage content knowledge in new arenas.  The selected candidate should have a proven track record in securing grants or contracts for evaluation or research projects at local, state, or federal levels.

This position is full-time and based in Atlanta, GA.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the methodologic lead for mixed-methods evaluations involving schools and school districts (strongly preferred), health department programs, or community-based organizations.
  • Conduct and oversee analysis of data relating to adolescent health, school health, and/or HIV/AIDS and STD prevention
  • Conceptualize, design, and manage research and evaluation projects and teams
  • Manage day-to-day client relationships. Ensuring client satisfaction with project team and progress. Developing long-term client relationships
  • Recruit, develop, and manage project teams and work groups.
  • Produce reports, products, articles, and presentations
  • Ensure quality control, adherence to project timelines and budgets, and production of high quality deliverables
  • Responsible for overall technical, contractual and financial performance of projects.
  • Interface directly with designated client representatives to formulate requirements and supervise tasks

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD/DrPH in behavioral or social sciences, public health, public policy, or related field required
  • Demonstrated record of research, implementation and evaluation in the field of adolescent health, school health, reproductive health, sexual health, and/or HIV/AIDS and STD prevention
  • 8+ years of experience in increasingly responsible roles in the public/private sector human service agencies and/or human service consulting firms required
  • Demonstrated experience managing research projects
  • Demonstrated experience in a project management role with responsibility for effective budget planning and monitoring required
  • Experience managing diverse evaluation teams
  • Knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analytic strategies is required
  • Experience and commitment to supervising and mentoring staff
  • Experience producing written products such as reports, briefs, manuals, and peer reviewed journal articles, and making presentations to various audiences
  • Experience with proposal development (grants or contracts) and business development

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Expertise in adolescent sexual health—including but not limited to work with LGBTQ adolescents or young adults—is preferred
  • Strong analytic, problem-solving and decision making capabilities needed.
  • Experience in adolescent mental health, telemedicine, or school connectedness programs
  • Demonstrated experience supporting Federal clients preferred.
  • A proven track record in securing grants or contracts is preferred.
  • Flexibility to handle multiple priorities and tasks in a fast-paced environment.

Professional Skills:

  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills, in addition to client relationship building skills, required.
  • Must be a team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) required.
  • Experience using one or more statistical software is highly desired (e.g. SPSS, SAS, Stata, AtlasTi)

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

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.

Atlanta, GA (GA18)

Research Science

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