James Bell Associates, Inc.
JBA is a nationally recognized program evaluation and applied research firm specializing in evaluations of health and social service programs and capacity building technical assistance. Its mission is to improve the lives of all children, families, and communities through evaluation that is steeped in principles of equity and inclusion. Our projects cross disciplines with an emphasis on child and family development, child welfare, health care, and evaluation in partnership with tribal communities. Clients include federal, state, tribal, and local governments as well as universities, foundations, and nonprofits.

Title: Research Associate, Tribal Evaluation
Position Type: Full-time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary: $60,000–$80,000 (based on experience)
Benefits: Generous Health Insurance, 401(K) matching, HRA, FSA
Paid leaves: Sick leave, parental leave, earned vacation leave, identified holidays
Location: Arlington, VA or another location by telecommuting

JBA is seeking a full time Research Associate to join our Tribal Evaluation Practice Area. We are looking for an individual to support our research, evaluation and technical assistance projects within American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities. The ideal candidate has substantial experience with research and evaluation methods, is highly organized and detail oriented, can coordinate and support the development of written products, and is able to communicate effectively with diverse partners. We are seeking an individual who is proactive, able to problem solve, experienced with working in tribal communities, confident working independently as well as collaboratively with team members, and interested in professional growth.

• Provide technical assistance on program evaluation, performance measurement, data collection and reporting, and continuous quality improvement
• Serve as a liaison to tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations
• Develop and deliver technical assistance webinars, trainings, and presentations
• Facilitate meetings with and engage AIAN community partners
• Apply rigorous analytic thinking to the collection and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data
• Work collaboratively on teams, supporting a cohesive, team-oriented culture and promoting communication and integration among team members
• Contribute to the development of reports, technical memos, TA tools, issue briefs, presentations, and journal manuscripts
• Translate complex, technical behavioral and social sciences research for practitioners and others with non-technical backgrounds
• Draw from Indigenous and Western evaluation frameworks to develop and implement culturally responsive evaluation approaches
• Use community engagement, action research and/or other strategies to implement studies in partnership with local communities
• Contribute to business development activities, including responding to requests for proposals (RFPs)
• Occasional travel for site visits, client meetings, and conferences

Required Qualifications
• Master’s degree in public health, child or human development, social work, family studies, anthropology, public policy, education, psychology, or related field
• At least 5 years of experience working collaboratively with tribal communities in an evaluation or research capacity
• Experience with community-based participatory research processes
• Knowledge of the diversity of Native communities and tribal sovereignty
• Experience developing and implementing research designs, data collection plans, and instruments, both qualitative and quantitative
• Experience with early childhood, public health, health services, child welfare, behavioral health, or substance use prevention in AIAN communities
• Strong organizational and analytical skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to collaborate and build strong working relationships with others, including working effectively as part of a team
• Flexibility to multi-task effectively and produce high-quality work under time constraints

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with performance measurement
• Experience with continuous quality improvement
• Experience with institutional review board (IRB) processes, including tribal research review boards
• Knowledge of human services data systems
• Knowledge of home visiting

As a condition of employment, all JBA employees—including those working remotely—must be fully vaccinated (as defined by current CDC guidance) against COVID-19.

JBA’s commitment to the principles of equity and diversity is reflected in numerous professional development activities for staff that support an anti-racist work environment. We seek to create an inclusive workforce where all staff have a sense of belonging and opportunities to advance and thrive. We value a work culture with staff from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and experiences. JBA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to recruiting@jbassoc.com.
For more information about James Bell Associates, see www.jbassoc.com.

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