Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and two territories and with more than a dozen tribal nations to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We value diversity and respect for individuals in the workplace.
The Senior Director - Research Services has responsibility for leading evaluation studies for the team within Research Services at Casey Family Programs. This individual will work with Casey staff and other agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of child welfare and related prevention, education, employment and mental health programs, products or tools. The Senior Director – Research Services will develop and lead a team whose purpose is to plan and coordinate research or evaluation projects, including research design, data collection, data coding, data analyses and report writing. This role requires familiarity with state and county child and family welfare agency research capabilities and resources, as well as the ability to develop and evaluate standardized measures for evaluating the effectiveness of child welfare programs, products and tools.Additionally, this role will work closely with Senior Directors in other Casey departments to ensure efforts are coordinated and not duplicative. Lastly, this person will assist the Managing Director of Research Services and the Strategic Engaganment team to establish and maintain relationships with other foundations working in the child welfare research space.
• Develop, lead and monitor a team of Research Services staff as they conduct literature reviews, plan research, collect and analyze data, edit documents, write articles, book chapters, and reports for publication.
• Coach and mentor team members by fostering collaborative arrangements among team members, other Casey work units and with academic or other professional organizations.
• Create an organizational environment that fosters collaborative arrangements among team members, other Casey work units and with academic or other professional organizations.
• RS Organizational Liaison Coordination & Special Assignment Workgroups. The Senior Director will be the liaison/member for existing efforts (Dedicated Waiver Team, SC4, CFS, KM, etc.), will oversee RS coordination and communication. Specifically, will ensure RS has liaisons with Casey teams/workgroups and will establish processes so RS staff are communicating critical information to other teams and effectively informing other RS staff of other team updates and requests.
• Capacity Building and Technical Assistance (TA). To more fully coordinate these efforts, The Senior Director will will be responsible for:
a. Coordinating the fielding and staffing of TA requests. The Senior Director will be responsible for rotating assignments based on capacity, skill sets and growth opportunities.
b. Developing TA capacity. It is critical to develop staff capacity. The Senior Director will be responsible for identifying other organizations that may be better suited to provide TA.
c. Tracking TA requests. In partnership with RS Administrative Specialist,the Senior Director is responsible for helping staff track TA requests.
• Research Utilization. The Senior Director will be responsible forexpanding the Research Utilization work. This includes working with external partners active in this area (e.g., WT Grant), exploring research utilization opportunities and remaining up-to-date on any developments in the field. Further, the Senior Director will be responsible for supervising SRAs working on these endeavors (e.g., an SRA who is working on a research utilization evaluation project). Lastly, the Senior Director will will be responsible for coordinating sharing information with RS and Casey staff on the latest developments in this aspect of the field. Updates to Casey staff may be provided through a combination of presentations at team meetings, webinars and other means.
• Focus on one or more of the following areas:
o Economic analyses – with experience in conducting cost savings, benefit-cost, fund mapping, and other forms of financial analyses (including possibly producing benefit-cost analyses similar to what WSIPP can do but in real time as Casey needs them)
o Advanced knowledge of qualitative and quantitative approaches to policy research methods and statistical analysis
o Ability to access and analyze, on demand, a variety of cross-sector publicly-available data in a timely and competent fashion
• Perform data analysis and report writing with appropriate level of statistical detail for given audiences, including policy makers, state child and family welfare agency personnel, practitioners and Casey Family Program staff.
• Design, write and edit documents, articles, chapters and reports which summarize the findings of assessment measure analyses and other evaluation research.
• Co-author articles for conferences and professional journals. This may include locating and synthesizing relevant literature, preparing literature reviews, and presenting at local, regional, or national conferences.
• Supervise external consultants/contractors regarding study design, analysis, summarization and dissemination.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Requires a Doctoral degree in Social Work, Psychology, or other closely related field and a minimum of 15 years’ experience in a research setting of which 10 years are in a supervisory/management capacity.
• Advanced knowledge of research methods and statistical analysis, including correlational techniques, significance testing, multivariate regression, and ANOVA, is required. Additional knowledge of statistical methods (e.g., latent class analysis, structural equation modeling, network analysis) is preferred.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, experience in designing and writing technical reports and making presentations to professional audiences required. Knowledge of APA style highly desired. Knowledge of child and family social services and/or child development is required.
• Requires proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, PageMaker, SharePoint etc.). Ability to learn other pertinent software programs as required.
• This is a regular full-time position that may require travel 20% or more of the time.
• Ability to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information by learning and following all relevant policies and protocols and using sound judgment in the handling and sharing of that information.
• Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.