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Under a Communication Campaign Research and Evaluation practice area, the Health Communication Research division needs a self-starter to support formative, process, and summative evaluations that often involve underrepresented populations. The findings guide the planning, implementation, and revision of health communication and social marketing programs, campaigns, and activities that are primarily sponsored by federal government agencies in the United States. This early career position is ideal for someone who is building a career in health communication research using mixed methods (i.e., qualitative and quantitative) and likes to support multiple projects, particularly those that must use cultural competency and plain language to speak authentically and respectfully to underrepresented populations.

Responsibilities:

The research associate will support the research team in various ways. Following are examples of the responsibilities:

  • Help draft recruitment and data collection materials (e.g., interview and focus group guides, survey instruments).
  • Help create Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) packages.
  • Support sampling (e.g., help develop Boolean search strategies and participant inclusion/exclusion criteria, assist with drawing samples).
  • Assist with data collection (e.g., extract information from secondary sources, take notes during interviews and focus groups, coordinate survey fielding).
  • Enter data.
  • Help conduct data analysis (e.g., code text using software such as NVivo, generate descriptive statistics using SPSS or Stata).
  • Help draft reports and presentations (e.g., help draft methods and results sections of technical reports, develop charts).
  • Conduct literature reviews and environmental scans for proposals.
  • Coordinate purchasing, subcontracting, and consulting requisitions by obtaining and comparing vendor and consultant quotes, establishing suitable justifications, developing or modifying forms, and processing payments.

Qualifications:

  • At least BA/BS degree, ideally in health communication, and if not then in public health, communication, social science, or related field.
  • At least 2 years of experience in social science research.
  • Goal to pursue a career in health communication research.
  • Strong self-starting and self-motivation skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with working as part of a team as well as work independently on assigned tasks.
  • High level of comfort with learning new skills and/or working with unfamiliar topic areas.
  • High level of organization and attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Understanding of health behavior theory.
  • Experience with plain language, culturally competent research.
  • Applicants may be subject to a low-level government security investigation and must meet eligibility criteria for access to sensitive information.
  • Proficiency in English; proficiency in Spanish is a bonus but not required.

We Offer:

Our benefits typically meet or exceed our competitors’ packages. Ways we are unique!

  • Ability to make an impact on people’s lives, both internal and external to the organization.
  • Top-tier health, dental, vision, and long and short-term disability coverage all covered at 100% for employee coverage.
  • Remote work.
  • Our company culture, which values balance and allows each employee to take leave as they require it to balance the responsibilities of both their work and home lives without worrying about depleting their available leave hours.
  • We provide a floating holiday bank so you can celebrate the days you value.
  • Generous matching retirement contributions and no vesting period starting the third month of employment.
  • Dedicated training and development budgets to expand your expertise and grow your skillset.
  • You can volunteer your way with paid time off.
  • You can participate in FMG staff-led affinity groups.
  • Our employees receive product and service discounts through the certified B Corp network.