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Would you like to grow with a small business built on a reputation for excellence? Here at Insight Policy Research, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we do take our work seriously. If you have outstanding research, analysis, evaluation, writing, and interpersonal skills and wish to join our team, we encourage you to apply.

We offer competitive salaries, telecommuting, and comprehensive employee benefits, including medical insurance (with dental coverage), flexible savings accounts, and a generous 401K plan. Full-time and part-time positions are available.

We are hiring for the following positions:

  • Data Analyst

    Position Summary

    This position includes working with other team members to plan and conduct a broad range of data analysis tasks using survey and administrative data in areas such as food and nutrition assistance programs, health services, and educational programs. Candidates must have expertise in quantitative data cleaning, editing, and analysis in SAS. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated skills in one or more statistical programming languages and excellent oral and written communication skills.

    Responsibilities

    • Evaluating administrative data for accuracy and consistency; communicating with government agencies about any problems discovered in administrative data submissions
    • Compiling, editing, and analyzing survey data from primary data collection; analyzing data from large national surveys
    • Designing analytic approaches to answering research questions using methods such as descriptive statistics, multivariate analysis, text analysis, machine learning, and other approaches
    • Developing computer code for data diagnostics, cleaning, and analysis
    • Producing written documentation for analytic data sets
    • Drafting written analysis and creating graphic and tabular representations of quantitative findings
    • General project management tasks and other duties as needed

    Education

    • Master’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or a social science (completed or in progress); or
    • Bachelor’s degree plus 3 to 5 years related work experience in research and evaluation services to federal or state agencies

    Qualifications

    • Demonstrated experience in data cleaning, manipulation, and analysis in SAS
    • Demonstrated experience using national datasets, particularly those maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies (e.g., American Community Survey, Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, Common Core of Data), and/or experience using administrative data sets (data from program eligibility systems, student records, etc.)
    • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and interpret quantitative research for professional and lay audiences
    • Background and strong interest in public policy or safety net research
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Proven oral and written communications skills
    • Willingness to contribute to other project tasks as needed
    • Experience with advanced statistical and data science methods a plus
    • Experience with R and Python (in addition to SAS) a plus

    Contact

    EEO: All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

    Contact: No phone calls please. To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a resume/curriculum vitae, programming sample, and cover letter via email to—

    Kelsey Gray

    Associate Director, Data Science and Analytics
    Insight Policy Research, Inc.
    1901 North Moore Street, Suite 1100
    Arlington, VA 22209
    Email: kgray@insightpolicyresearch.com

  • Research Analyst

    Position Summary

    This position includes working with other team members to plan and conduct mixed-methods research studies and program evaluations, conducting semistructured interviews, coding qualitative data, conducting literature reviews and other background research, analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data, and contributing to reports and proposals. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated skills in both qualitative and quantitative research and excellent oral and written communication skills. Our staff currently conduct research projects focused on SNAP, WIC, TANF, and other safety-net programs.

    Responsibilities

    • Work with senior researchers on mixed-methods projects developing study designs, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and drafting reports and other deliverables to address clients’ research needs.
    • Lead data collection and analysis tasks including conducting interviews, focus groups, surveys, or collection of administrative data.
    • Manage project schedules, including working closely with a research team to ensure project activities are completed in an accurate and timely manner.
    • Help develop proposals for new research projects.

    Education

    • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, sociology, demography, statistics, psychology, education, or related field; or
    • Bachelor’s degree plus 3 to 5 years related work experience in research and evaluation services to federal or state agencies

    Qualifications

    • Working knowledge of and understanding of public assistance programs serving low-income or vulnerable populations
    • Background and strong interest in public policy or safety net research
    • Strong foundation in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
    • Experience with quantitative or qualitative analytic software such as SAS, STATA, R, NVivo, or Tableau
    • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work both independently and as part of a team
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred

    Contact

    EEO: All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

    Contact: Send resume/curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and cover letter via email to—

    Brittany McGill

    Associate Director for Family Support
    bmcgill@insightpolicyresearch.com
    Insight Policy Research, Inc.
    1901 North Moore Street, Suite 1100
    Arlington, VA 22209

  • Senior Editor

    Position Summary

    The senior editor will work as part of a team of editors and graphics specialists to produce project deliverables of excellence. The work requires strong writing skills; thorough understanding of grammar, punctuation, and style rules; and detailed editing and rewriting expertise to ensure research reports and other documents showcase clear, easy-to-understand language.

    Responsibilities

    • Edit Word reports, PowerPoint presentations, and other documents to ensure adherence to GPO or other required style rules, with careful attention to correct grammar and punctuation
    • Rewrite dense language as needed to ensure conciseness, clarity, and excellent readability
    • Translate complex scientific information into easy-to-understand text
    • Ensure error-free text in figures and tables
    • Ensure correct presentation of citations and matching references (APA, 7th ed style)
    • Work quickly and accurately to meet deadlines
    • Become skilled in use of other government agency style guides as needed
    • Work with graphic designers to ensure graphic components are clear and error free
    • Help update style guides and staff writing resources as needed
    • Familiarity with Section 508 compliance a bonus

    Qualifications

    This full-time position requires a minimum of 5 years’ experience editing documents for government clients and a degree in English or a related major.

    Contact

    EEO: All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

    Contact: No phone calls please. Send resume and samples of edited documents via email or fax to—

    Nancy McKenzie

    Publications Director
    Insight Policy Research, Inc.
    1901 North Moore Street, Suite 1100
    Arlington, VA 22209
    Email: nmckenzie@insightpolicyresearch.com
    Fax: 703.504.9481

  • Researcher for Nutrition Assistance Program Research

    Position Summary

    The essential functions of this position include working with project directors to design and implement mixed-methods research studies and program evaluations; developing and managing project workplans; overseeing and conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection, literature reviews, and analyses; communicating directly with clients and external collaborators; and authoring reports, proposals, briefings, and other deliverables. As most of our work is in the federal arena, experience working on contract studies for the federal government is preferred.

    Education

    • Ph.D., or master’s degree in a social science field with minimum of 3 years of experience

    Qualifications

    • Background and strong interest in nutrition assistance programs (SNAP, WIC) and/or social welfare research
    • Strong qualitative and/or quantitative research skills; ability to synthesize results across multiple data sources and research methods
    • Experience and interest in working on federal contracts
    • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to conduct multiple tasks with competing timelines and ensure tasks/projects are completed on time
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

    Contact

    EEO: All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

    Contact: Send resume/curriculum vitae and a writing sample via email to—

    Brittany McGill

    Email: bmcgill@insightpolicyresearch.com

  • Survey Analyst

    Responsibilities

    Works with senior researchers and study directors to support the day-to-day activities of projects requiring quantitative and qualitative data collection across a range of topics and populations. Contributes to all phases of data collection tasks and/or projects including questionnaire development, implementation, and analysis and reporting. Responsibilities include supporting data collection activities; developing and coordinating training sessions; developing specifications and programming web surveys; conducting survey testing; conducting data quality reviews; developing recruitment materials and protocols; conducting semistructured interviews; developing specifications for and coding qualitative and open-ended data; conducting literature reviews and other background research; analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data; and contributing to reports and proposals. Brings experience in survey research.

    Education

    Master’s or bachelor’s degree and 2 years of experience in social science, economics, or equivalent area

    Qualifications

    • Background in survey research, including experience with multiple modes (phone, web, and mail)
    • Training in rigorous quantitative methods, analysis, and reporting
    • Experience using web survey programming package such as Qualtrics a plus
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and allocate time and resources toward completion of multiple projects with overlapping timelines
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in cross-disciplinary teams and with clients
    • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work both independently and as part of a team
    • Experience using statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R, Stata)
    • Experience applying rigorous quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, analysis, and reporting

    Contact

    EEO: All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

    Contact: Send resume/curriculum vitae and a writing sample via email to—

    Debra Wright

    Director of Data Collection Services
    Insight Policy Research, Inc.
    1901 North Moore Street, Suite 1100
    Arlington, VA 22209
    Email: dwright@insightpolicyresearch.com

  • Survey Researcher

    Responsibilities

    Works with senior researchers and study directors to manage day-to-day activities of projects requiring quantitative and qualitative data collection across a range of topics and populations. Contributes to all phases of data collection tasks and/or projects including study design, questionnaire development, implementation, and analysis and reporting. Responsibilities overseeing data collection activities; developing, coordinating, and managing training sessions; developing specifications and programming web surveys; conducting and overseeing survey testing; conducting and overseeing data quality reviews; developing recruitment materials and protocols; conducting semistructured interviews; developing specifications for and coding qualitative and open-ended data; conducting literature reviews and other background research; analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data; and contributing to reports and proposals. Brings experience in survey research design and implementation to execute tasks, applying best practices.

    Education

    Master’s degree with at least 3 years of experience or Ph.D. in social science, economics, or equivalent area

    Qualifications

    • Substantive background in survey research, including experience implementing procedures for data collection and analysis in multiple modes (phone, web, and mail)
    • Strong foundation and training in rigorous quantitative methods, analysis, and reporting
    • Experience using web survey programming package such as Qualtrics a plus
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and allocate time and resources toward the completion of multiple projects with overlapping timelines
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in cross-disciplinary teams and with clients
    • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work both independently and as part of a team
    • Experience using statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R, Stata)
    • Experience applying rigorous quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, analysis, and reporting
    • Ability to mentor junior staff and independently perform a variety of research and analysis tasks

    Contact

    EEO: All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

    Contact: Send resume/curriculum vitae and a writing sample via email, fax, or postal mail to—

    Debra Wright

    Director of Data Collection Services
    Insight Policy Research, Inc.
    1901 North Moore Street, Suite 1100
    Arlington, VA 22209
    Email: dwright@insightpolicyresearch.com
    Fax: 703.504.9481

  • Director of Food and Nutrition Research

    Position Summary

    The successful candidate will oversee Insight’s Food and Nutrition research practice area. The Food and Nutrition practice area focuses on nutrition assistance programs serving disadvantaged populations, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); school meals programs; and other Child Nutrition programs. Insight teams work collaboratively with federal and state agencies to design and execute rigorous data collection, evaluation, and analysis strategies. These strategies yield actionable intelligence regarding the characteristics of program beneficiaries, the effectiveness of policy reforms, and the overall impact these programs have on beneficiaries’ lives.

    As Director of Food and Nutrition Research, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for ensuring successful execution of Food and Nutrition research and evaluation projects. The Director will develop and execute a strategy for the practice area, oversee capture planning and business development activities, monitor performance of active projects, and lead relevant staff development activities.

    Candidates must have an advanced degree in public health, public policy, economics, sociology, or related fields, plus at least 15 years of experience conducting research and evaluation work on nutrition programs for federal agencies. Candidates must possess subject matter expertise in at least one of the following programs (expertise in multiple programs preferred): SNAP, WIC, and/or the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Candidates must have a successful track record in leading business development activities, including capture planning, pricing strategy, and proposal development. Candidates must possess exceptional writing and communication skills, work collaboratively in a close-knit team environment, and have a demonstrated track record of producing research and evaluation products of the highest quality.

    Responsibilities

    • Update and execute Insight’s strategy for Food and Nutrition research
    • Oversee teams leading research and evaluation on Food and Nutrition topics
    • Build and manage relationships with federal, state, and local agencies as well as universities and associations seeking Food and Nutrition research
    • Oversee business development activity for Food and Nutrition research
    • Monitor the quality and performance of all Food and Nutrition research projects
    • Mentor staff at all levels to ensure consistent and high-quality project delivery
    • Keep abreast of legislative and regulatory changes related to Food and Nutrition programs

    Education

    • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in public health, public policy, economics, sociology, or related field

    Qualifications

    • 15 or more years’ experience leading high-quality research and evaluation for federal clients examining relevant Food and Nutrition programs
    • Subject matter expertise in SNAP, WIC, and/or NSLP
    • Methodological expertise in data collection, food security measurement, policy analysis, policy simulation, and/or impact evaluation
    • Demonstrated experience mentoring staff to ensure successful project execution and professional growth
    • Demonstrated ability to oversee capture planning and business development activities successfully
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated experience in public speaking
    • Experience managing a large portfolio of contracts
    • Experience supervising teams of staff
    • A strong track record of working collaboratively within and across organizations

    Contact

    EEO: All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

    Contact: Send resume/curriculum vitae and a writing sample via email, fax, or postal mail to—

    Scott Cody

    Senior Vice President
    Insight Policy Research, Inc.
    1901 North Moore Street, Suite 1100
    Arlington, VA 22209
    Email: scody@insightpolicyresearch.com
    Fax: 703.504.9481

  • Senior Health Researcher

    Position Summary

    The essential functions of this position include working with other team members in the planning and conduct of mixed-methods research studies and program evaluations, leading intermediate-sized projects, conducting semi-structured interviews and coding qualitative data, conducting literature reviews and other background research, analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data, and contributing to reports and proposals. Our staff are currently conducting projects in public health, quality of care, maternal and child health, patient-centered outcomes research, Medicare, Medicaid, disabilities, and long-term care.

    Responsibilities

    • Leading mixed-methods projects requiring quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including developing study designs, determining analysis methodology, and outlining format and content of client deliverables.
    • Conducting research that applies rigorous and impartial data collection, analysis, and reporting using quantitative and/or qualitative techniques.
    • Interpreting and summarizing quantitative and qualitative findings in reports and presentations to address clients’ research needs.
    • Developing proposals for new research projects
    • Interacting with various stakeholders in the form of focus groups, interviews, and surveys.
    • Working closely with a research team to ensure that project activities are completed in an accurate and timely manner.

    Education

    • Ph.D. or equivalent in public health, epidemiology, public policy, economics, health services research, social sciences, or other relevant discipline with 5 or more years of related work experience in federal contracting and health care research/policy.

    Qualifications

    • 5-8 years of healthcare research/policy or private sector consulting experience
    • Possess working knowledge/experience other public health programs of the agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
    • Ability to manage competing deadlines, while keeping projects on schedule and within budget
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (writing sample required)
    • Experience preparing final deliverables and writing comprehensive research reports

    Contact

    EEO: All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

    Contact: No phone calls please. Send resume/CV via email, fax, or regular mail to—

    Terry Moore

    Senior Vice President
    Insight Policy Research, Inc.
    1901 North Moore Street, Suite 1100
    Arlington, VA 22209
    Email: tmoore@insightpolicyresearch.com
    Fax: 703.504.9481

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    Senior Fleasearcher
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    Director of Mail Services Disruption
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    Senior Sniffer
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