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Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
JOB #R2204633

Deputy Lead Survey Methodologist- REMOTE

ICF’s Survey Creation, Execution, Management, Analysis and Statistics team has an immediate opening for a Deputy Lead Survey Methodologist. The successful candidate will work with the Lead Survey Methodologist to continue to grow our methods program, focusing on staff mentoring and business development, while serving as a senior member of the team.

ICF Survey Methodologists work on both short-term and long-term survey projects in a wide range of roles focused on questionnaire design, developing study methodology plans, reporting and more. Our work includes designing survey questionnaires, samples and protocols while advising clients and project teams on best practices for a range of survey projects in public health, housing, military and veteran’s issues, energy, transportation, environment, and social and economic policy.

The strongest candidates will have a demonstrated background in survey methodology and a passion for leadership.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Assisting the Lead Survey Methodologist in setting the future course for the survey methods program, including business development, staff development and growth.

  • Developing general survey methodologies, including data collection modes, contact materials, protocols, and interviewing strategies.

  • Designing and testing questionnaires, including conducting expert reviews, cognitive interviews (and other pretesting techniques), and assisting with development of programming specifications.

  • Engaging with project management staff and clients during all stages of the project lifecycle, with an emphasis on early requirements gathering and study design.

  • Mentoring and advising early career staff interested in survey methods.

  • Authoring and co-authoring methodology and substantive reports for clients (e.g., writing, editing, and data analysis).

  • Participating in ICF's methodology and statistics thought leadership by leading or co-authoring or conference presentations, original research, proceedings papers and working papers, and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

  • Contributing to business development through proposal writing on relevant topics.

Basic Qualifications

  • MS/MA degree in survey methodology, a social/behavioral science, public health, statistics, or data science is required.

  • 10+ years of demonstrated experience in survey methodology, design, or administration, including experience with questionnaire design, interview design, or general survey methods design.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in program management, growth planning and staff leadership.

  • Active membership and participation in relevant professional associations, such as the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) or regional chapters.

  • Experience leading questionnaire design or pretesting tasks (e.g., cognitive testing, expert review, behavior coding, focus groups)

  • Significant writing experience, including client reports, proposals, peer-reviewed papers, or other types of thought leadership

  • Experience in survey sampling, nonresponse analyses and weighting.

  • Ability to independently conduct and interpret statistical analyses, such as chi-square, t-tests, correlation, ANOVA, and regression

  • Familiarity with statistical software such as R, Python, SAS or SPSS

  • Experience in survey project management

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.

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, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, 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.

DC Remote Office (DC99)


Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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