University of Washington School of Public Health
Survey Research Manager - Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Closing Date: September 30, 2018
Posted: August 21, 2018
The Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA) of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services is seeking a Survey Research Manager. This unit is responsible for the strategic development, design, and implementation of centralized systems for survey and performance management information for executive management and program managers in DSHS and other state human services agencies.
The Survey Research Manager will interpret and report survey findings, develop new surveys, and contribute to the management of ongoing projects.
Projects vary greatly in scope and impact, from informal assessment within small workgroups to complex telephone surveys that involve multiple state agencies and large client populations. Many of our surveys involve extensive qualitative analysis of open-ended data. Major projects include biennial comprehensive surveys of employees and clients, an annual survey of foster parents and family care providers, and the National Youth in Transition Database survey.
This position directly impacts policy and practice throughout the Department and in multiple other state agencies, as leadership uses performance and survey data to set strategic directions, improve client outcomes, and manage state resources effectively.
Some of what you’ll do
Work with program partners and teammates to develop questionnaires and research plans
Lead research teams in producing high quality research deliverables that will inform decisions made at all levels of the agency
Contribute to research teams led by other staff members
Prepare presentations and present survey findings to managers and executive leadership
Participate in the continuous improvement of our processes, products, and team
Research and Data Analysis Division website
What we’re looking for
An experienced, well trained research professional who shares our commitment to the DSHSmission of Transforming Lives
A teammate who values collaboration and team success as much as individual achievement
A manager who understands the importance of every team member in bringing the voices ofclients and employees to the attention of management and executive leadership
Who should apply
Research professionals who have an earned Ph.D. or doctoral candidate in ABD status (all-butdissertation) in Social or Behavioral Sciences or a related field, with at least two years’ experience conducting policy-relevant surveys and research; OR Master’s degree in Social or Behavioral Sciences or a related field with at least 4 years’ experience conducting policy-relevant surveys and research.
Applicants Should Have
Ability to provide reliable, professionally sound, scientifically valid advice, consultation andtechnical assistance to high-level leadership, based on research findings at an advanced level ofexpertise - to guide planning, program, and policy.Advanced training in multivariate statistical methods, sampling, and research designs
Authorship of three or more published reports or articles detailing policy relevant research findings based on scientific survey or research designs
Ability to present complex ideas and information to a variety of audiences - both in written and presentation format, and to explain complex or technical information using plain talk principles
Expertise in SAS, SPSS, STATA or other advanced statistical analysis software
Completed applications will include
Current chronological CV or resume
1-3 examples of papers, reports, or presentations that demonstrate your ability to transform complex research data into clear, meaningful, and actionable results
Letter of interest that specifically demonstrates how your training and work experience qualifies you for this position, including details of your experience:
- Designing and conducting policy-relevant surveys and research
- Explaining survey research design, findings, and implications to non-technical decision makers
- Using SAS, SPSS, STATA, NVivo, or other specialized data analysis software