Community Science
  • Gaithersburg, MD, USA
  • Full Time

We are looking for a Principal or 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 community or place based change initiatives. 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 at the Principal Associate level.

Principal and 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.

Principal and 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 staff are committed to scientific rigor and progressive social change through community capacity building.


  • Demonstrated expertise in research, evaluation and the practice of comprehensive 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 evaluations cross culturally;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research skills;
  • Knowledgeable of multiple community development strategies areas;
  • 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).

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. Community Science offers full- time employees a comprehensive benefits program including health, dental, prescription drug, and vision plans; retirement plan with company match; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; opportunities and funds for professional development. This position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Determination of Position Level: There is a single application for both levels. The determination whether an applicant is appropriate for Principal or Senior Associate will be made after review and discussion with the applicant.

No phone calls please. 


About Community Science

At Community Science our mission is to develop and use the knowledge that can change communities and other systems. Our group practice of social change professionals is committed to building healthy, just, and equitable communities. We are strongly committed to the professional development of our members.

Community Science staff provide award winning services to government agencies, foundations, non-profit organizations and community based organization such as: research and technical assistance on community capacity building; evaluation technical assistance, participatory research and learning evaluations; training and consultation on community development, community building, and collaboration; and identification and replication of successful community strategies.

Community Science is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a culturally diverse staff to enhance our ability to work with different communities.

Visit our web site for a more detailed description of our organization.

Connecting knowledge with social change

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