Research Manager - Department of Social and Health Services


CLOSING DATE: February 16, 2019


JOB #: 13552

POSTED: January 16, 2019


The opportunity for you

The Division of Research and Data Analysis (RDA), within the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is recruiting for a Research Manager to join a nationally recognized multidisciplinary research team that provides timely and sophisticated research and analysis in a fast-paced environment. Our researchers are focused on key social and health policy issues, and we look to match researcher professional interests with topical areas. RDA is routinely viewed as one of the highest rated employment environments in Washington State government and is committed to the growth and development of its team.  

If you are excited about a research career that directly impacts policy and helps the welfare of the State of Washington’s most vulnerable populations, thrive in an intellectually rich and challenging data environment and possess strong quantitative and statistical skill, we would love to talk to you.

Location matters
Washington State offers a total work/life package that includes competitive pay, benefits, flexibility and workplace opportunities all aimed at getting the most out of a career and life. Washington’s distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature. The job itself is located Olympia  which is situated between Seattle and Portland, presenting the ideal place to live, work, play and be a part of a community. Year round outdoor activities are especially plentiful given the area’s natural beauty and four seasons. City life or nature; it’s all within your reach. With excellent public schools, great universities and progressive local government, Olympia is the perfect community for families and professionals who want to work directly at the intersection of public policy and research.
Your role in our organization

  • Manage program evaluations related to behavioral health and child welfare, including data collection, analyses and reports to assess outcomes and risk factors associated with behavioral health services delivered
  • Work with program partners to develop research designs and performance measurement plans
  • Support responses to requests for data and information from a variety of sources, including program administrators, the Legislature and the Governor’s office
  • Conduct and provide quality assurance for rigorous, sound scientific research studies and projects that evaluate the service need, use and outcomes for DSHS clients
  • Develop tables and indicators regarding behavioral health services delivered through DSHS, the Health Care Authority and the Department of Children, Youth and Families
  • Provide professional consultation to a variety of stakeholders related to children’s behavioral needs and services
The credentials we are looking for are as unique as this opportunity
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent in psychology, sociology, economics or related field. A Master’s degree with at least five years of experience conducting quantitative, policy-relevant research may substitute for a Ph.D. and
  • At least five years of experience conducting policy-relevant research within DSHS or a comparable university, social service or state research entity (may include educational years)
  • Experience using sophisticated program evaluation research methods: design, sampling, and complex multivariate statistical analyses for studying the impact of health or social service programs and
  • At least five years of experience using large and/or administrative databases containing risks, needs, service use and outcomes for social and health service clients (may include educational years)
  • Authorship (or co-authorship) of three or more recently published reports detailing findings from complex research designs. Widely disseminated and policy-relevant reports may substitute for peer-reviewed publications
Our top applicant also possesses
  • Five or more years of experience using sophisticated program evaluation research methods: design, sampling, and complex multivariate statistical analyses for studying the impact of child welfare and other social services program
  • Expert level SAS programming skills and recent (within the past two years) use of SAS for statistical analyses and merging data sets
  • Strong understanding and at least three years of experience with human subjects’ research review, including institutional review board applications, rules and regulations
  • Senior authorship of one or more published reports or peer-reviewed articles detailing research and evaluation findings from using multivariate and/or quasi-experimental designs
  • Demonstrated experience in participating as a lead or contributing team member with other researchers, analytic programmers, and others to produce high quality research, evaluation and policy reports
  • Understanding of social and health services provided in Washington State
  • Training and understanding of federal and state confidentiality requirements and human rights protection rules for program evaluation and research
How to Apply:

Complete applications include

  • CV or resume
  • A letter of interest detailing your experience related to this job
  • Three professional references

Feel free to contact the Recruiter or call (206) 305-9381. For job specific questions please email


 Supplemental Information:Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver’s license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.
Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.’


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