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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2102865

Child Welfare and Education Research Analyst

ICF's Child Welfare and Education Line of Business is currently seeking a Child Welfare and Education Research Analyst. As an Analyst, you will apply your academic knowledge and work experience and gain exposure to major research and evaluation projects related to child welfare, technical assistance, implementation, and K-20 education. Analysts are involved in development of data collection instruments, survey administration, interviews and focus groups, data synthesis and analysis, writing reports, literature reviews, data visualization, and other tasks as required. This position will contribute to research and evaluation work as well as  continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts for large technical assistance and information dissemination projects for the Department of Education and for the Department of Health and Human Service’s Administration for Children and Families as well as to smaller projects for a variety of federal, state, and local agencies and foundations.

The position is full-time and based at ICF's office in Fairfax, VA. Safety of our employees are our top priority, due to current COVID-19 safety measures, employees who can work from home are required to do so. Once it is safe to resume standard practices of commuter travel and social interaction per government guidelines, we expect employees to maintain an office presence as required by project needs and management leadership.

Key Responsibilities:

The Analyst will be responsible for the collection and analysis of data through surveys, focus groups, one-on-one interviews, on-site visits, administrative data, learning management systems, and observations. Analysts will immediately assume active roles on project teams and will quickly gain responsibility commensurate with their success in the position. Candidates must be able to manage projects that include multiple tasks with competing deadlines, be well-versed in research/evaluation strategies, methodologies and analytic approaches, be able to maintain positive relationships with clients and colleagues, and play an integral role in proposal development.

Areas of responsibility may include:

  • Assisting with focus groups, including management of recruitment, logistics, note-taking, and reporting.

  • Designing and conducting surveys.

  • Conducting one-on-one interviews and focus groups. Analyzing and synthesizing qualitative and quantitative data.

  • Producing reports and presentations for a variety of audiences.

  • Creating data visualizations and supporting staff use of data

  • Conducting observations and occasional site visits to locations nationwide.

  • Developing literature reviews and writing research briefs


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Public Policy, Social Science, or related discipline required. (Master's degree preferred.)

  • 2+ years of experience conducting qualitative and/or quantitative data collection, research analysis, or evaluation Demonstrated experience in producing high-quality, professionally written products is required

  • Demonstrated experience taking responsibility and ownership of project tasks

  • Effective communication skills for working with project teams regarding issues, needs and/or priority setting for projects

  • Strong interest in topics such as K-12 education, child welfare, capacity building, implementation science and/or continuous quality improvement (CQI)

  • Willingness to travel occasionally for face-to-face interviews or site visits

  • Strong ability to multi-task

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience using a statistical package such as SPSS, SAS, STATA, or R

  • Experience developing on-line surveys and using software such as Qualtrics

  • Experience conducting qualitative analysis using software such as Dedoose, NVivo, or Atlas.ti

  • Experience applying analytic skills in a working environment (such as merging, cleaning, manipulating datasets)

  • Experience in data visualization techniques and principles, including use of software such as Excel or Tableau

  • Prior work experience in a consulting environment

Professional Skills:

  • Proficient in MS Office Applications: Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel (advanced.)

  • Excellent verbal, oral, interpersonal and written communication skills, including experience with developing and delivering presentations and technical writing

  • Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently.

  • Superior attention to detail and the ability to meet stringent deadlines.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities.

  • Strong ability to prioritize and manage multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced, changing environment.

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.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. 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.

Fairfax, VA (VA01)

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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