Job Openings Research Associate I – Mixed Methods, Quantitative Focus – RCORP Evaluation, North Bethesda/Remote

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Research Associate I – Mixed Methods, Quantitative Focus – RCORP Evaluation, North Bethesda/Remote


Support of Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)

Our client seeks a mixed-methods research associate with expertise in quantitative analyses and experience with qualitative analysis to join a fast-paced multidisciplinary research team to provide research support by assisting with data collection and documentation efforts and data analysis and report-writing for a national evaluation of targeted funding to address the opioid epidemic in rural communities.

The Research Associate I will use a high level of attention to detail and organization to play a primary role in quantitative protocol development, conducting quantitative data collection, cleaning and analysis and supporting qualitative data collection, cleaning and analysis. For both types of activities, the research associate will design and implement procedures for document management and tracking and report and presentation development. The successful candidate will take an active role in continually developing/refining procedures and analytic approaches to maintain methodological rigor while maximizing responsiveness to client information needs. The successful candidate will enjoy a collaborative work environment while also having the ability to work independently.



  • Provides data quality oversight and guidance (e.g., develops webinars, maintains guidance documents). Works with grantee data coordinators to prevent data errors and improve data quality.
  • Collects and maintains project-specific data and operates data entry systems (e.g., MS Access and Excel)
  • Assists with the extraction of data from primary and/or secondary data sources (e.g., surveys, performance measure databases, progress reports, etc.).
  • Develops and uses procedures for data cleaning and data analysis.
  • Assists with the design and implementation of statistical models for researching problems or questions.
  • Interprets quantitative results.
  • Validates quality of data elements/data editing.
  • Proactively uncovers and resolves data and calculation issues.

Conducts advanced statistical analysis with minimal supervision

  • Researches and develops analytical tools to address issues, trends, patterns, and relationships in the data that provide answers to questions posed by project administrators, staff, or clients.
  • Conducts data analysis using SPSS syntax or other statistical software programs to illustrate results and make them understandable by project staff or clients.
  • Provides expertise for both simple and complex analyses which may include statistical analyses used for experimental and quasi experimental designs such as multi-level modeling, structural equation modeling, longitudinal analyses, latent class analysis, etc..


  • Assists in collecting qualitative data including interviews and focus groups.
  • Conducts site visits.
  • Assists with the coding of qualitative data.
  • Assists with qualitative analysis using Atlas.ti

Attends project-related meetings

  • As requested, serves as a representative for the project in workgroups.
  • May give presentations at meetings, trainings, and conferences.

Prepares high-quality materials for clients (e.g., reports, PowerPoint presentations)

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Responds verbally and in writing as needed to questions and concerns.
  • Converts data outputs to charts, tables, infographics, and text for use in presentations and reports.
  • Develops issue briefs, case studies, and other materials to convey study findings, best practices, and recommendations to a wide audience.

Conducts literature reviews and synthesizes information for use in protocols.

Supports business proposal development efforts drafting and/or finalizing proposal documents, (e.g. staffing, understanding, and technical sections).


  • Master’s degree required; preferably in research and evaluation, statistics, psychology, or public health. Will not consider anyone without a Master’s Degree.
  • 3 years of research and evaluation experience with an emphasis on the analytic packages of SPSS (or R) (e.g., syntax writing/coding, descriptive statistics, correlations, t-tests) to proficiency
  • 3 years of experience collecting and analyzing quantitative data.
  • Knowledge of substance use disorders, behavioral health, or rural health. Ideal opioid experience is ideal knowledge.
  • Ability to communicate research and evaluation findings clearly to a variety of audiences both orally and in writing. Knowledge of substance use disorders, behavioral health, or rural health.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, Ability to work independently or work collaboratively with a team. Ability to work in fast paced environment with multiple deadlines.
  • Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., running queries, building databases in Access and general Excel functions), data analytic software (SPSS).


  • Experience conducting literature reviews and synthesizing information for use in the creation of instrumentation.

Please Note:

  • Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • No calls, inquiries, or Third Party Vendors please.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer. Due to our client engagements, we can only consider candidates who are self-represented and can work directly for any employer without requiring sponsorship.
  • $1000 Referral Bonus -

Since 1988, The ACI Group, a Baltimore-based IT staffing firm, has been committed to hiring the industry’s leading professionals, and presenting exciting career opportunities. We have access to varied types of contract, permanent and contract-to-perm positions and offer a choice of employment options including a full benefits package.