Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and two territories and with more than a dozen tribal nations to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We value diversity and respect for individuals in the workplace.
The Director - Research Services has responsibility for leading evaluation studies for the team within Research Services at Casey Family Programs. This individual will work with Casey staff and other agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of child welfare and related prevention, education, employment and mental health programs, products or tools.
The Director – Research Services will develop and lead a team whose purpose is to plan and coordinate research or evaluation projects, including research design, data collection, data coding, data analyses and report writing. This role requires familiarity with state and county child and family welfare agency research capabilities and resources, as well as the ability to develop and evaluate standardized measures for evaluating the effectiveness of child welfare programs, products and tools.
• Develop, lead and monitor a team of Research Services staff as they conduct literature reviews, plan research, collect and analyze data, edit documents, write articles, book chapters, and reports for publication.
• Coach and mentor team members by fostering collaborative arrangements among team members and with academic or other professional organizations.
• Create an organizational environment that fosters collaborative arrangements among team members and with academic or other professional organizations.
• Focus on one or more of the following areas:
o Economic analyses – with experience in conducting cost savings, benefit-cost, fund mapping, and other forms of financial analyses (including possibly producing benefit-cost analyses similar to what WSIPP can do but in real time as Casey needs them)
o Advanced knowledge of qualitative and quantitative approaches to policy research methods and statistical analysis
o Ability to access and analyze, on demand, a variety of cross-sector publicly-available data in a timely and competent fashion
• Perform data analysis and report writing with appropriate level of statistical detail for given audiences, including policy makers, state child and family welfare agency personnel, practitioners and Casey Family Program staff.
• Design, write and edit documents, articles, chapters and reports which summarize the findings of assessment measure analyses and other evaluation research.
• Co-author articles for conferences and professional journals. This may include locating and synthesizing relevant literature, preparing literature reviews, and presenting at local, regional, or national conferences.
• Supervise external consultants/contractors regarding study design, analysis, summarization and dissemination.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Requires a Doctoral degree in Social Work, Psychology, or other closely related field and a minimum of 4 years’ experience in a research setting of which two years are in a supervisory/management capacity.
• Advanced knowledge of research methods and statistical analysis, including correlational techniques, significance testing, multivariate regression, and ANOVA, is required. Additional knowledge of statistical methods (e.g., latent class analysis, structural equation modeling, network analysis) is preferred.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, experience in designing and writing technical reports and making presentations to professional audiences required. Knowledge of APA style highly desired. Knowledge of child and family social services and/or child development is required.
• Requires proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, PageMaker, SharePoint etc.). Ability to learn other pertinent software programs as required.
• This is a regular full-time position that may require travel 20% or more of the time.
• Ability to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information by learning and following all relevant policies and protocols and using sound judgment in the handling and sharing of that information.
• Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.