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Associate - Research & Capacity Building
Washington, DC Area

Community Science is looking for a full-time Associate to lead research and technical assistance tasks for national and local initiative across the US. You will work with public agency and nonprofit representatives, community leaders, evaluators, and others on federal, state, and foundation initiatives. We are looking for someone with the knowledge, skills, and experience in community and systems change to promote healthy communities, families, and children in order to address social problems such as poverty, structural racism, immigrant integration, inadequate systems of care, homelessness, substance abuse, violence, and crime. The successful candidate must be well organized, have high standards for their work, and be committed to scientific rigor and progressive social change through community capacity building.


  • Lead small projects and advanced project tasks under senior staff supervision;
  • Ensure technical quality control over assigned research, evaluation and other tasks;
  • Summarize findings and write major sections of reports pertaining to findings and their implications with minimal supervision; and
  • Write technical sections for proposals



  • Masters in a social science or related field;
  • Four years of experience in the implementation of evaluations of community based or systems change projects minimally two years post-graduation;
  • Prior knowledge or research experience in at least one area of community change e.g. health equity, housing and economic development, early childhood development, workforce development, systems change, racial equity, or community capacity building. Evaluation capacity building experience highly desirable;
  • Successful experience conducting research or evaluation cross culturally;
  • Prior task management and staff supervisory experience and skills;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative research skills, including data collection and management;
  • Analysis skills, including the use of computer analysis tools e.g. STATA, MS ACCESS or GIS;
  • Ability to travel;
  • Strong communication written and verbal skills including publications in scientific or practitioner outlets; and
  • Ability to multi-task, attention to details, and meet strict deadlines.


  • Doctoral degree
  • Experience in a professional services or consulting organization
  • Proficiency in foreign languages and culture


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