Community Science
  • Gaithersburg, MD, USA
  • Full Time

Senior Associate - Community Change Research & Practice

Washington, DC Area

We are looking for a Senior Associate to join the leadership of our organization and enhance our ability to generate the knowledge and tools to strengthen communities and promote progressive social change.  We are particularly looking for someone who, in addition to the qualifications below, has expert level experience in evaluation capacity building as well as general training and technical assistance in their content area of expertise.  Persons with nationally recognized expertise in one of the desired content areas and experience in developing financial support for their work are the most desirable.

Senior Associates lead and manage community and other systems change research and technical assistance projects for national and local initiatives across the U.S., working with public agency and nonprofit representatives, community leaders, evaluators, and others on federal, state, and foundation initiatives.

Senior Associates have expert level knowledge, skills, and experience in systems and community change approaches to work on projects related to:


  • Placed based  or community change initiatives focused on youth or early childhood development, workforce or economic development,  substance abuse prevention, health, crime and violence, or housing;
  • Eliminating inequities and achieving health, economic, or social  equity; or
  • Community organizing and development, advocacy, collaboration, community capacity building, or community building.

 Community Science Senior Associates are committed to scientific rigor and progressive social change through community capacity building.



  • Demonstrated expertise in research, evaluation and the practice of community change;
  • Successful track record in leading federal  and foundation proposals and other business development activities;
  • Minimum 10 years prior leadership (e.g. Project Director, PI) experience in the implementation of research or evaluation of community or systems change projects;
  • Masters or doctoral degree (preferred) in social science, public health, or related fields;
  • Prior project management and staff supervisory experience, particularly in a contracting environment;
  • Successful past experience conducting research or evaluation cross culturally;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research skills;
  • Ability to travel; and
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) skills including publications in scientific or practitioner outlets, facilitation, and professional development programs (e.g. workshops).


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