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Sr Research Analyst, Early Childhood development

Child Trends Bethesda, MD

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Child Trends is seeking a Senior Research Analyst for its Early Childhood research area.  Senior Research Analysts are expected to work on multiple projects simultaneously as a task leader and individual contributor.


The Early Childhood team at Child Trends studies programs and systems affecting young children from birth through early elementary school. Our team works with the federal government, state agencies, communities, and foundations on research, evaluation, and policy projects that address important issues for policymakers, practitioners, and families. We develop resources and reports that address complex topics in easy-to-understand terms. We are strong thought partners in addressing a range of early childhood issues and help policymakers and practitioners translate research into actions that can improve the lives of young children.


This position requires strong writing and organization skills, logical thinking, great attention to detail, excellent communication skills, a commitment to ethics and equity in research and the workplace, and an interest in access to high-quality early care and education, the early childhood workforce, home visiting, child care licensing, early childhood assessment, family engagement and support, and state-based early childhood data systems. 


Our team values equity and recognizes that systemic discrimination has negatively impacted the well-being of individuals, families, and communities who also are underrepresented in the research field. As researchers, we aim to be accountable for promoting equity by centering the lived experiences of these individuals in our research. As researchers, we also commit to ensuring that we are contributing to Child Trends’ work culture in an equitable way. We strongly encourage individuals from the Latinx communities and populations that are historically underrepresented in research and academic fields (e.g., first-generation college students, first-generation immigrants, people of color) to apply.

Locations: Flexible Remote Work; Child Trends has offices located in Bethesda, MD; Chapel Hill, NC; Minneapolis, MN; however staff work 100% remote throughout the country, with concentrations of staff working from home in Massachusetts, Texas, and Illinois.

Expected start date: sometime between June 1, 2021 and October 1, 2021.


Senior Research Analyst Responsibilities:

  • Works on multiple research and evaluation projects simultaneously as a task leader or project manager.
  • Works both independently and as part of a team to write substantive reports, briefs, and memos.
  • Manages and oversees the timeline, scope of work, budget, and work flow for both single-task and multi-task projects.
  • Designs protocols for the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Manages and contributes to data collection efforts.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to develop analytical plans and data management documentation. 
  • Analyzes quantitative data using basic statistical analyses. 
  • Analyzes qualitative data using open coding techniques.
  • Conducts research with an equity lens.
  • Commits to continuing their own learning and growth to being a more equitable employee and researcher.
  • Conducts literature reviews and syntheses.
  • Assists with proposal development.
  • Presents findings to clients and stakeholders in public forums.
  • Trains and supervises research assistants and support staff.
  • Contributes to communications and dissemination efforts.

Analyst Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, research methods, public health, program evaluation, psychology, child development, education or a related field plus 2-3 years of relevant experience OR a bachelor’s degree plus 3-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to clearly communicate complex information for general audiences.
  • Excellent task management and organizational skills.
  • Experience with analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data.
  • Experience with data collection (e.g., surveys, interviews) and data management, preferably in applied settings.
  • Strong critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong communication skills to support a collaborative working environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a time.
  • Ability to both provide and take direction.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite is required.
  • Experience with statistical software packages (e.g., SAS, STATA, R) is desirable, but not required.
  • Experience with project management software (e.g., REDCap, GANTT charts, Basecamp) is desirable, but not required.
  • Experience with data visualization (e.g., Tableau, Excel graphs and figures) is desirable, but not required.

How to Apply:
Please follow the “apply” link to submit your application. When asked by the system to upload resume, please upload one document that includes your resume, cover letter, transcripts, a writing sample and contact information for three professional references. Materials must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any difficulties with this process please email the requested materials to recruitment (at) and make sure to reference the position in the subject line. No phone calls please!      

Child Trends, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children. With annual revenue of $23 million and 192 employees, our clients include federal, state and local government agencies, foundations, and service providers. Our headquarters is located in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices in Minneapolis and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2018, we were recognized as a Great Place to Work for Women, Best Workplace in Consulting & Professional Services and Best Small & Medium Workplace.

Child Trends is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disability encouraged to apply. 

Child Trends


Bethesda, MD
20814 USA



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