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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2201269

Research Assistant - Substance Abuse - REMOTE

ICF's Youth & Adult Education Portfolio is currently seeking a Research Assistant to support community coalition and education research and evaluation project tasks. Clients include federal and state education agencies, colleges and universities, and private companies. As a Research Assistant, you will apply your academic knowledge to major projects related to research, evaluation, and technical with particular emphasis on community coalitions working to prevent and reduce youth substance use, as well as potential other projects in K-12 and adult education. You will be heavily involved in technical assistance communication tasks, survey review, literature reviews and developing/supporting presentations, as well as other tasks as required.

Key Responsibilities:

As a Research Assistant, you will be responsible for collaborating with teams of researchers and evaluation technical assistance experts. Key tasks may include:

  • Providing help desk technical assistance (phone and email) regarding progress report data collection and submission to community coalitions throughout the United States and its territories
  • Supporting development and delivery of technical assistance webinar
  • Assisting in developing and preparing eblasts, tip sheets, and user guides, or other deliverables
  • Reviewing surveys for alignment with project core measures
  • Supporting data collection and analysis activities

Additional areas of responsibility may include:

  • Supporting development and testing of the progress report data entry system, including testing potential bugs identified during technical assistance calls
  • Delivery of eblasts to appropriate recipients using Constant Contact
  • Designing feedback surveys and summarizing survey responses
  • Supporting qualitative data collection (one-on-one interviews and focus groups) through notetaking and summary reports
  • Supporting occasional observations and site visits either virtually or in-person to locations nationwide
  • Supporting literature reviews and development of issue briefs

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Science or related discipline required
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Candidates should have a basic understanding of research/evaluation data collection and maintain positive relationships with clients, grant recipients
  • US citizenship required as per federal contracts
  • Successful candidate must be able to pass background screening and drug testing

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in key topics in community and education reform, including substance abuse prevention and community coalition building
  • Commitment to applying equity-minded technical assistance and research and evaluation practices.

Professional Skills

  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently as needed
  • Superior attention to detail and the ability to meet stringent deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail required



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.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

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.

Fairfax, VA (VA01)

Research Science

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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