Director of Research

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 07, 2021
Employment Type
Part Time
Posting Details

Job # 036753 Department Code 21708-2102 Department Burton Blatt Institute Job Title Director of Research Location Washington, DC Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level 06 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Part time within standard University business hours – 24 hours per week.

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Part-time Campus Washington, DC Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Director of Research will bring expertise at the intersection of contemporary disability issues and research methods (including survey research, case study methods, qualitative studies, and lab-based and field based experimental designs) to bear upon current and future BBI projects.

The Director is expected to build the capacity of other BBI staff to secure, lead, and manage large-scale projects that are externally/grant-funded.

The Director will be involved in the disability research areas of employment, workforce innovation, community participation, corporate culture, workplace accommodations, assistive and rehabilitation technology, Veteran employment, and career pathways for individuals with disabilities; and with the expectation of producing high impact outcomes, garnering high-profile media attention.

S/he will also acquire new grants, contracts and subcontracts as both PI and as Project Director, writing grants and foundation proposals to secure new funding.


Masters Degree or higher in economics, public policy, social sciences, data science, public health, or other relevant discipline. Minimum 10 years of experience in designing and bringing research projects to completion.

Job Specific Qualifications

Strong foundation in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and a broad understanding of disability and related capability issues. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to translate research findings for multiple audiences.


Conceptualize and implement high-quality research and evaluation projects using multiple methods, making use of quantitative & qualitative data, and manage research and evaluation projects, which includes working collaboratively with senior staff and outside consultants, overseeing junior staff, monitoring budgets and progress on projects, communicating with funders, and troubleshooting potential issues.

Oversee systems to document and report project outcomes; work with funders, program leads and staff, and sub-contractors to review and enhance research and evaluation design and methods.

Supervise and develop junior staff, including hiring, professional development, performance reviews, and oversight of project/time commitments.

Represent research and evaluation activities to external organizations, government agencies, partner institutions and grantees through collaboration and dissemination.

Contribute to Institute’s vision, strategic planning, and policies and provide vision and strategy for research, evaluation, and programmatic activities and translate to staff through policies, practices, and capacity-building.

Physical Requirements

Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

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