Institute for Veterans and Military Families
Research Associate - IVMF (2 Positions)
Commensurate with Experience
Standard University business hours
8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
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The Institute for Veterans and Military Families ( IVMF ) research
and analytics team is seeking an experienced research associate to
lead and work collaboratively on a variety of team-based social
science and public policy research projects, focused on the
military family lifestyle. The Institute’s research portfolio
includes data collection from a national survey of
military-affiliated individuals (the Blue Star Families¿ annual
Military Family Lifestyle Survey). This effort is a comprehensive
understanding of the experiences and challenges encountered by
military families. It offers crucial insight and data to help
inform national leaders, local communities, and philanthropic
stakeholders. In addition to working on this effort, the research
associate will work with IVMF research associates, leadership, and
development teams to construct a forward-looking research agenda on
the impacts of military family lifestyle on post military life. The
research associate may also collaborate with federal and state
government agencies and private sector organizations through
research translation and application.
- A minimum of a master’s degree in the field of economics,
social science, public policy, business or public administration,
or related field.
- Preference to those with a Ph.D. (in progress or in hand) or
related master’s degree and a combination of academic and
professional experience equivalent to the attainment of a doctoral
or professional terminal degree.
- Previous experience in large dataset management and statistical
analysis, survey data collection, and creation of multi-item
- Two (2) plus years of experience in academic research with at
least one (1) year of self-directed quantitative research or
interpreting research data for publication.
Job Specific Qualifications
- Demonstrates a strong background in quantitative statistical
analysis and methods.
- Familiarity and prior experience with organizing, managing, and
conducting independent statistical analysis of large datasets,
including Census, BLS, and as well as private data.
- Advanced capability and proficiency and with Microsoft Excel,
PowerPoint, and statistical analysis software (e.g., STATA, SPSS,
- Exhibits strong knowledge and interest in military family
- Preference given to those who have worked with veteran,
military, and/or family stakeholders, universities or think-tanks,
and programs and services for veterans and families.
- Superior project management, attention to detail/quality,
critical thinking, written, and oral communication skills
- Ability to design, plan, and implement research activities
using multi-method approaches.
- Grant writing experience and demonstrated potential for
obtaining grant funding.
- Can work and thrive both independently and as part of a
- Personal discipline to successfully manage multiple projects,
meet deadlines with competing demands, and responsibilities in a
fast-paced work environment.
- Demonstrates strong data visualization skills; experience with
Tableau, SAS Visual Analytics, or Power BI a plus.
The Research Associate will assist in developing, planning,
coordinating, and executing of sponsored research projects.
Translate and communicate original and existing academic
research and policy analysis into practice. Includes:
- Collaborate/lead and oversee team-based sponsored research and
public policy projects related to military family lifestyle survey,
to include research design and methodology, project management,
data collection and analysis, dissemination, and presentation of
- Collaborate/lead the production of high-quality publications,
reports, and products supporting the needs of a wide range of
audiences including policymakers, practitioners, and
- Engage and work collaboratively with external sponsors and
high-profile stakeholders and provide timely response to external
and internal requests for data and insights.
- Oversee and supervise graduate and undergraduate research
assistants and affiliated researchers assigned to various projects,
- Foster collaborative relationships with Syracuse University
faculty and outside scholars working on related efforts.
- Work closely with IVMF leadership and Syracuse University’s
Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Research Integrity and
Protections to ensure timely project completion and compliance with
applicable laws, regulations, and University policy.
Contribute to IVMF’s on-going research strategy and funding
- Develop prescriptive guidance and communicate recommendations
to IVMF program management, IVMF partners, and national
stakeholders via multiple formats (e.g., peer reviewed
publications, reports, briefs, op-eds, blogs, etc.).
- Gather, prepare, and visualize relevant data from publicly
available or internal sources that support IVMF research agenda;
work closely with IVMF data management team to produce timely and
relevant data visualizations and digital tools that support the
needs of sponsors and key stakeholders.
- Contribute to IVMF and national convening’s and conferences to
engage with and gain insight from prominent thought leaders and
researchers in the veteran and military community.
- Represent the IVMF at key engagements and develop relationships
with relevant thought leaders, as required.
- Develop new project ideas and a forward-looking research agenda
on the impacts of military family lifestyle on post military
- Cultivate new opportunities through independent (non-sponsored)
project development, grant seeking, proposal writing, and engaged
collaboration within the national and international veterans’
research and policy community.
- Contribute to proposal writing and preparation for new grants
and opportunities that advance the IVMF research agenda.
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a
resume and cover letter.
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