Want to use your research, consultation, and capacity-building skills to impact social justice efforts nationwide? Join Us!

We’re growing and have multiple open positions, from research assistants to thought leaders in equitable community development, health and behavioral health equity, youth leadership and engagement, powerful citizenry, and developing more effective organizations.

If this is you

You are motivated to use your knowledge and skills as part of a team that uses scientific knowledge and methods along with lived experience to change systems and communities so they are more equitable and promote collective wellbeing.

You’re a self-motivated learner who is never satisfied with what you know and what you can do to make a difference. You embrace the complexity of social change and believe it is your place to work with government agencies, foundations, non-profits, corporations, and grassroots community organizations to make that change.

You also realize that change and professional success comes from focus and commitment. Most of all, when you see a problem or injustice, you seek to address it using your knowledge and communication skills to help grassroots organizations, leaders, and practitioners.

Then you should meet us

Community Science continues its 25-year commitment to a singular focus on developing healthy, just, and equitable communities. Because of this long-term and deep commitment, we are recognized leaders in equity-promoting strategy development and improvement.

We work on large-scale community engagement systems that shift power to traditionally disenfranchised groups.

We’re internationally recognized for our evaluation of the kinds of initiatives that lead to increased impact on communities and systems. This recognition creates many new opportunities to work with leading national and local organizations.

Our work immediately impacts what’s going on nationwide to address racial and other inequities.

We’re a team of highly skilled professionals with diverse backgrounds who are committed to social change, equity, and justice.

We value teamwork, cooperation, innovation, problem-solving, and people passionate about this work.

What knowledge, skills, and experience do we need you to bring to Community Science?

Our positions have different requirements, which are reflected in each posting at the bottom of the page.

You should have the following qualifications:

  • Degree in a social science, urban planning, or public health.

  • 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.

  • Proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative analysis methods and software (mixed methods).

  • Direct experience or familiarity with working in a professional services firm.

  • Experience in the implementation of evaluations of community-based or systems change projects among diverse communities.

  • Strong communication (written and verbal) skills including publications in scientific or practitioner outlets.

  • Ability to thrive in a busy environment, where attention to detail and meeting deadlines are critical to success.

  • Prior experience and evaluation capacity building and other forms of knowledge and skill building.

  • Ability to travel.

  • Proficiency in foreign languages and cultures is an advantage.

Our commitment to our employee community includes:

  • Ethical and equitable practices in everything we do.

  • A focus on professional development and success.

  • Policies and practices that are responsive to a variety of family and other life circumstances.

  • Benefits that promote physical, mental, and financial well-being.

  • A caring community of peers.

  • A relentless pursuit of making a bigger difference.

Join us, and let’s do some good work together!

Senior Associate, Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness
Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States -

Senior Associate for Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness

Community Science's mission is to help build the capacity of organizations and institutions to develop healthy, just, and equitable communities. We study and promote equitable community and system change. Our evaluation and research services are designed to develop the knowledge necessary to address social problems in a way that benefits all communities. Our other primary services include research and evaluation, strategy development, capacity-building products, and assistance such as consultation, training, webinars, applications, and guides for practitioners.

The Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness Senior Associate position is a role local or remote that will work closely with our team in Gaithersburg, MD. This role requires someone who is passionate about supporting equitable communities and systems change and advancing racial and gender equity through powerful strategies, strong leadership, and effective organizations. Competencies and experience are expected in strategies that are informed by data and approaches tailored to populations experiencing disparities and inequities. Expertise specifically in strategy design and improvement, organizational change, group processes, and facilitation that is attentive to culture and power differences. In this role, you'll use your expertise to work with a team to assess organizational needs, to develop a continuous learning and evaluation system to assess the impact of improvements, and to provide our clients with a holistic view of their organization to transform their policies and practices with equity at the core. You will also assess how change may impact an organization's goals, business model, structure, processes, and partnerships to develop an effective change strategy. Your ability to understand the effects of change in an organization and approaches to mitigate challenges that undergird inequity is paramount to helping our partners and clients achieve success.

We lead with integrity and honesty in our scientific and practice-based methods. Our priority is to advance equity and justice by transforming foundations, government agencies, and nonprofits nationwide and beyond through our work.


  • Lead projects that will improve client's capacity to promote equity and inclusion within its organization and their work.
  • Develop new business opportunities in this practice area.
  • Understand the client's business to design effective organizational change strategies
  • Design and direct approaches for strategy improvement and organizational change management with attention to racial and gender equity
  • Develop processes and procedures for monitoring strategy implementation and outcomes as well as organizations' goal attainment in service of racial and gender equity
  • Design and direct approaches for assessing the organizations' existing capacity, readiness, and effectiveness, and right-size solutions
  • Ability to develop and strengthen a leadership strategy that centers equity
  • Ability to identify risks and resistance to change and transform conflicts
  • Engage stakeholders inside and outside organizations through interviews, focus groups, and other participatory activities
  • Develop business case analyses, value propositions, strategic plans, future state roadmaps, implementation plans, and action plans
  • Design, lead, and facilitate workshops, trainings, group processes, and strategic planning and improvement sessions



  • Doctoral or Masters in a social science or equivalent certification in organization change management and group facilitation and a minimum of ten years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in a professional services or consulting organization, including identifying and developing business opportunities
  • Strong facilitation, change management, and capacity building competencies and experience in strategies that are informed by data
  • Experience in application and improvement of existing and emerging racial and gender equity frameworks and their integration into systems change solutions
  • Knowledge and skills in adult education and human-centered design techniques with attention to cultural, language, and power differences
  • Ability to direct and implement a set of actionable organizational change and leadership plans
  • Experience with project management and leading teams and guiding younger and emerging professionals toward a project outcome
  • Strong communication written and verbal skills with audiences of all types
  • Experience in conducting this type of work is with nonprofit, government, and/or philanthropic organizations as a partner, trusted advisor, and consultant
  • Ability to travel.


  • Ability to ramp up quickly in new subject matter areas and engage and partner with subject matter experts
  • Certifications in group facilitation, change management, strategic planning, organization development, performance management, and related functions

Salary and Benefits:

Community Science offers a competitive total compensation package that, for this position, includes base pay with an annual target between $150,000 and $175,000 negotiable, based on qualifications, along with a comprehensive benefits program. Community Science's benefits include health, dental, prescription drug and vision plans; retirement plan with company match; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; opportunities and an extensive professional development program that includes funding and other opportunities

Community Science is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a culturally diverse staff to enhance our ability to work with different communities.

Visit our web site http://www.communityscience.com for a more detailed description of our organization.

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