Health Researcher
American Institutes for Research - Washington, DC

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life.

AIR's Health Policy Research (HPR) group specializes in research, evaluation, policy analysis, measurement, performance management, and technical assistance in the areas of health services organization, quality of care, quality of life, consumer engagement, and financing and cost of care. HPR’s major clients include the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), private foundations, and state governments.

The Researcher will serve as a resource on projects related to consumer and stakeholder engagement, quality reporting and measurement, and healthcare reform. Specifically, the Researcher will: a) lead and contribute to analysis of research findings and write technical reports; b) demonstrate and apply content knowledge to conceptualize studies, lead and conduct project activities, and disseminate project findings; b) lead the design and development of materials to support experiments, new business development, public-facing Web sites and grants ; c) contribute to qualitative or quantitative data collection; d) support collaboration among team members, both internal and external to organization; and e) carry out project management activities, including monitoring contract timelines, reporting, and communicating with clients as appropriate.


1. Develop content for printed and Web-based materials, including public-facing Web sites and experiment interventions.
2. Provide research support on HPR projects, including: literature searches, data collection (from focus groups, interviews, surveys and secondary/archival sources), analysis of qualitative data, descriptive analysis of quantitative data and technical report preparation.
3. Provide technical leadership of research or technical assistance projects, including: managing and responding to client needs; creating and managing budgets and timelines; developing research designs and strategic, audience-focused project plans; providing strategic thinking; leading and supporting stakeholder work; conducting analyses of qualitative or quantitative data; and identifying creative solutions to address client needs.
4. Contribute to dissemination activities, including: designing and giving presentations; creating conference posters and writing issue briefs, technical reports, and manuscripts for a variety of audiences.
5. Engage in business development activities, including: designing and developing marketing materials, cultivating relationships with existing and potential new clients, managing or writing proposals, developing budgets and expanding HPR’s areas of expertise.

Ph.D. degree with 0-3 years or M.A., M.S., M.P.P., M.P.A., or M.P.H. with 3-5 years related experience in health services research (health policy, management, health behavior), social science (psychology, sociology), evaluation research, or public health required.
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills. Experience translating complex concepts into plain language a plus.
• Substantial technical expertise in qualitative research methods; experience using PowerPoint and qualitative analytic software is a plus (e.g., NVivo).
• Demonstrated management skills, including the ability to lead small- and medium-sized tasks and proposals, work on teams under the leadership of other staff, provide day-to-day management of complex projects and tasks and direct and mentor staff members.
• Experience working in a grant or contract-funded environment and prior health communications background highly desirable.
• Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
• Acute attention to detail and strong work ethic.
• Travel as required (approximately 20%).

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