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

Senior Survey Methodologist

ICF’s Survey Creation, Execution, Management, Analysis and Statistics team (within ICF’s Survey Research Practice) is seeking an experienced Senior Survey Methodologist who will play a key role in 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 successful candidate will work as part of a team with data managers, analysts, statisticians, and project managers. 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. The strongest candidates will have a background in survey methodology and statistics, a passion to continue to grow their careers in survey methodology and will enjoy the challenge of designing innovative and complex methods to collect or assemble the most accurate data possible.

Key Responsibilities

  • 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 and statistics

  • 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.

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

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

  • Experience in survey sampling, nonresponse analyses and weighting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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

  • 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.

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.

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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