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Research Associate: The Annie E. Casey Foundation

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicate=
d to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children and their fami=
lies in the United States.  The primary mission of the Foundation is to fos=
ter public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that mor=
e effectively meet the needs of today=92s vulnerable children and families.=
 The Foundation distributes approximately $187 million annually in grants =
to organizations that help states, cities, and neighborhoods improve the li=
fe outcomes of these children and families.

Job Summary:

The Research Associate will work in the Foundation=92s Measurement, Evaluat=
ion, Knowledge Management, and Advocacy unit. This unit is home to the Foun=
dation=92s evaluation related investments, our national and state Kids Coun=
t data initiative, and our internal and external communication efforts.  Th=
e duties of the Research Associate are varied, challenging, and integral to=
the work of the Foundation=92s policy and research agenda. The Research As=
sociate will also play a key role in helping the Foundation to promote the =
strategic use of data by non-researchers, including program operators, advo=
cates, and community-based organizations.

Responsibilities:

The Research Associate will work in partnership with a team of Casey staff,=
consultants, grantees, and other partners on a variety of tasks, including - Collect, analyze and interpret social indicators drawn from adm=
inistrative records, census, surveys, and other data sources. Respond to requests from Foundation staff for data analyses, ma=
ps, and other information. Assist staff in interpreting data and prepare narrative descrip=
tions of analyses as needed.  Process and report on indicators of child, fa=
mily, and neighborhood well-being.

Conduct web searches and synthesize quantitative and qualitativ=
e research on specific topics of interest to the Foundation.

 Work with Foundation staff to create specialized tables and gra=
phics based on existing data products and customize them to meet the intere=
sts and needs of Foundation units and work groups.

=95         Exhibit sensitivity to and respect for differences in personal,=
professional, and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation and s=
eek to use Foundation resources in an equitable manner with regard to race,=
ethnicity, and gender.

=95         Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of the Foundation=92s mi=
ssion, values, standards, principles, and programs.  Draw on Casey=92s Know=
ledge Management System, staff development sessions, and other learning opp=
ortunities to establish this competency.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Unit Specific Requirements:

=95         Serve as primary resource to connect the KIDS COUNT, Knowledge =
Management and Policy Research Units to each other and to the Foundation as=
a whole.

=95         Contribute to the production and release of the KIDS COUNT Data=
Book and other KIDS COUNT publications.

=95         Assist in the management of the KIDS COUNT website to ensure th=
at the website remains a leader in the provision of online data about child=
ren and families at the national and state levels.

=95         Serve as a resource in answering data and research related inqu=
iries for the media, policymakers, and the public.

=95         Assist the state KIDS COUNT grantees and other Casey grantees i=
n accessing and analyzing data from multiple state and national sources.

Qualifications:

This position requires someone with a combination of training, skills, and =
experience in social research data analysis.  Also desirable are skills and=
experience in web-based design and development.  The ideal candidate will =
be a highly proficient research analyst experienced in the use of data and =
research to advocate for improving the circumstances of disadvantaged popul=
ations.

=95         Bachelor=92s Degree in a social science field relevant to the F=
oundation=92s work (such as urban planning, social work, public health, or =
economics).

=95         Three plus years work experience in research and data analysis.

=95         Ability to build and use analytical frameworks, models, and sta=
tistical tools for use in social policy development.

=95         Proficiency in using computer software packages including Outlo=
ok, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access.

=95         Experience in data analysis and interpretation and report prepa=
ration and presentation.

=95         Knowledge of federal, state, and local statistical systems.

=95         Evidence of success in providing technical assistance to non-re=
searchers on the use of research and data.

=95         Evidence of successfully working with people from diverse backg=
rounds, including those with and without strong research skills.

=95         Familiarity and interest in issues facing low-income families a=
nd neighborhoods.

=95         Strong interest in work that improves conditions and outcomes f=
or disadvantaged children, families, and communities.

=95         Strong oral and written communication skills.

=95         Demonstrated strong organizational skills.

=95         Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.


Compensation:
Starting salary is commensurate with experience and earnings history. A str=
ong benefits package is provided as well.

Work Environment:
Work is primarily performed in a general office setting.  Minimal domestic =
travel is required to attend conferences or meet with external stakeholders=
.

To apply:
Please send a resume with a cover letter by mail or apply on line.

Maxine Norris
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Online:  www.aecf.org/careers.aspx< http://www.aecf.org/careers.aspx>

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