Jul 07, 2022

Senior Director, Research

  • The Jed Foundation
  • Remote (New York, NY, USA)
Full-Time Research and Development

Job Description

The Senior Director of Research will ensure that JED continually disseminates high-quality, accurate information on its work with schools and young people to a variety of academic and non-academic audiences.

Candidate Profile: Mental health methodologist with substantial experience designing, implementing, and overseeing original studies. PhD in Psychology, education, or equivalent degree required, with an understanding of public health systems and mental health care for young people. Background working with large data sets and market research is desirable. Fluency in various statistical and data analytic/visualization packages/software is preferable. Demonstrated experience with developing a learning culture and team management to effectively manage multiple research projects simultaneously. 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead the development of a robust research agenda for JED that supports JED’s organizational growth and scaling according to our 5-year plan. Propose new project ideas based on internal data and gaps in the field. Oversee generation of research related to JED’s programs, conduct traditional academic studies, and collaborate internally and externally on a variety of market research projects.
  • Collaborate with colleagues within the Data & Impact team as well as on the Knowledge & Advising team on major research projects from conception to dissemination/publication. This may include overseeing research/data analysts, hiring consultants and research firms, analyzing data, collecting input from expert stakeholders, writing up reports and publications, working with communications to promote research findings, and submitting manuscripts for publication. Contribute to thought leadership and promotion of JED as an expert in mental health promotion and suicide prevention through peer-reviewed publications.
  • Educate staff and other JED stakeholders about the latest JED-generated findings and research.

Hiring Organization

The Jed Foundation

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, education, or equivalent degree is required.
  • Intellectual curiosity: Demonstrates a genuine interest in learning and staying current in mental health and suicide prevention. 
  • Work ethic: Possesses a strong willingness to work hard to get the job done. 
  • Communications (written, oral and public speaking skills): Speaks, writes and presents clearly without being overly verbose.
  • Teamwork/collaborative spirit: Reaches out to peers and other team members to establish a collaborative working relationship.
  • Proactivity: Acts without being told what to do. Brings new ideas to the organization.
  • Organization and planning: Plans, organizes, and schedules in an efficient, productive manner. Focuses on key priorities. Effectively identifies tasks required to move projects along and delegates responsibilities where needed/required. 
  • Flexibility/ adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions. Copes effectively with complexity and change. 
  • Attention to detail: Does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.
  • Honesty/Integrity: Earns trust and maintains confidences. Does what is right, not just what is expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully.
  • Research, analytical, and critical thinking abilities: data analysis, expertise in research and evaluation methodologies, clear presentation of results and ability to translate technical information to lay audiences.
  • Experience publishing research, data, and program outcomes.

Industry/Service Area

Research

Level

Director

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