Research Scientist - Search Institute

Nov 24, 2020

Research Scientist - Full Time

Search Institute seeks applicants for a position on our highly collaborative Research and Practice team. Applicants should have

a strong background in one or more of our organization’s areas of applied research: human development, education, youth or

family studies, social work, or evaluation.

We are especially interested in candidates with a deep interest in youth development and applied research, with strong

quantitative AND qualitative methodological skills and experience, and a demonstrated commitment to the use of

research to advance equity. The successful candidate will conduct applied mixed-methods research; prepare and submit

funding proposals; translate research findings into tools and services for practitioners; and, communicate research findings for

researchers, practitioners, and the public.

OUR VISION - Search Institute partners with organizations to conduct and apply research that promotes positive youth

development and advances equity.

OUR MISSION - All young people have what they need to thrive


Applied Research

Contribute to field and theory building focused on Search Institute’s core knowledge base

Maintain and advance our organizational standards for rigor, application, ethics, and collaboration.

Lead, and collaborate on, writing grant and contract proposals that support Search Institute’s research agenda and

strategic priorities.

Lead, and collaboration, the design and execution of applied research studies, including basic research, evaluations,

and mixed methods research:

Manage timelines, resources, budgets, compliance to contractual requirements, and deliverables;

Resolve issues and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders;

Execute established data management and archiving processes;

Direct, coordinate, and enforce work plans;

Manage and monitor compliance with IRB protocols;

Critically read, synthesize, and integrate relevant literature;

Develop and test quantitative and qualitative research protocols and instruments;

Design sampling frame, data collection, and human participant protection protocols;

Collect data;

Analyze data;

Interpret research findings;

Communicate research findings via reports, papers, articles, and other publications and presentations for

funders, scholars, practitioners, and the public.

Stay current on research, methodology, and policy and practice trends in education and youth, family, and community


Perform other duties as assigned.

Technical Assistance and Field Work

Maintain strong and positive working relationships with colleagues, partners, and field staff.

Design and coordinate data collection efforts in the field.

Collaborate with practitioners and developers to design, prototype, and test data-focused tools and services based on

findings from research.

Provide technical support to partners in designing and utilizing protocols to support iterative improvement cycles.

Work closely with partners to interpret and use data to inform improvement and drive practice.

Lead research-based workshops, trainings, and presentations.

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Education and Experience Required:

PhD in a social science field related to Search Institute’s mission

Minimum of 2 years’ experience in an applied research or evaluation setting

Training in research ethics and data protection standards

Successful completion of the mandatory CITI Human Research Participant Protections training; can be obtained within

first 30 days of employment

Cross-cultural knowledge and experience

Methodological Expertise Required:

Expertise in planning, executing, and analyzing mixed methods research

Expertise in measurement model building, testing, scoring and interpretation of survey data

Expertise in the analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal quantitative data using advanced statistical techniques

Expertise in empirically testing developmental change in academic, socioemotional, and relational metrics

Professional Qualifications Required:

Demonstrated interest, experience, and expertise related to Search Institute’s mission and research program

Strong statistical analytic skills

Proficient in analysis software packages (e.g., Mplus, SPSS, R, Nvivo)

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Strong project management skills

Mastery of group facilitation, consulting, and presentation skills across diverse populations

Ability to research and analyze complex information as a basis for decision making

Ability to work and build strong relationships with leaders in different fields and at different levels of responsibility to

design and implement applied research projects

Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Represent Search Institute in a positive and professional manner in all settings

Ability to pass a criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications:

Professional experience working with young people or adults who serve young people in an education or youth

development setting

Training in the theory, principles, and tools used in improvement or implementation science

Leadership experience with applied research in an educational or non-profit environment

Supervision experience


COMPENSATION: up to $75,000 per year, depending on qualifications

BENEFITS Search Institute is proud to offer our employees a great benefit package including medical,

dental, life insurance, disability insurance, health savings account, retirement savings

account with employer match, a generous PTO accrual and holiday pay.

HOW TO APPLY Please visit our website to apply:


Search Institute strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

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