Research Associate (Safe Kids)

Children's National Medical Center - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.0

Under direction of the Director of Research, conducts research and ensures scientific accuracy of Safe Kids Worldwide initiatives, both domestic and global. In collaboration with Director of Research and the senior team, leads and authors research reports. Gathers available data and research and translates findings for scientific and public audiences, often on a short timeline. Works with Safe Kids programs department to develop and evaluate program strategies that support identified childhood injury prevention initiatives. Consults and supports programs, communications, advocacy, development and networks staff on research needs and programmatic directions. Participates in planning a biennial conference on childhood injury prevention, works with Director of Research to organize research-centered summits, and assists with other meetings as needed.


Minimum Education

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Public Health. Demonstrated training or expertise in one injury risk area at minimum. (Required)

Minimum Work Experience
5 years

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Professional technical writing experience required. Experience writing for public audiences preferred. Author of at least one peer-reviewed publication preferred. In-depth knowledge of at least one injury risk area: motor vehicle occupant protection, pedestrian safety, sports safety, water safety, home safety, poisoning prevention. Extensive coursework in Epidemiology and/or Biostatistics. (Required)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Strong verbal and written skills to effectively communicate with prospects and program partners. Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS or other statistical software, advanced level computer skills with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office product suite. Basic - Intermediate HTML skill set as well as the ability to conduct work flow analysis within the program’s context.
Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
Detail-oriented, able to work independently and on multiple priorities in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. The ability to work effectively with other staff and to follow approved Safe Kids Worldwide procedures and policies.

Functional Accountabilities

Management of data collection, research, statistical evaluation and the formation of proposals and reports
1. Oversees the tracking of sources of childhood injury data
2. Serves as a SKW liaison to organizations supplying data and research assistance
3. Facilitates SKW utilization of national injury databases for grant writing, program planning, and media use
4. Under the direction of the Director of Research, serves as SKW liaison with CNMS IRB on submitted projects
5. Under the direction of the Director of Research, selects and refines study measures, designs survey instruments to collect primary research data and works with the programs department to build program evaluations
6. Conducts original data analyses using new and existing data sets
7. Co-authors SKW research reports
8. Reviews data on existing prevention programs and its usefulness to SKW
9. Provides data and statistical information to support Programs, Development, Advocacy, Network and Communications teams
10. Participates in research proposal development

Ensures technical accuracy of SKW research, programs and communications, coalitions and the public
1. Reviews published articles in injury prevention field, shares with staff as appropriate and maintains electronic and hard copy files of articles.
2. Provides strategies and assistance to develop injury prevention programs and advocacy initiatives based on research and statistical data from injury prevention field
3. Evaluates programmatic initiatives to facilitate and promote childhood injury prevention initiatives
4. Consults with staff managing programs on research needs and programmatic direction and monitoring, as requested
5. Offers new and updated injury prevention information to support Safe Kids Worldwide communications, including media outreach and organizational Website
6. Offers new and updated injury prevention information to support Safe Kids Worldwide communications, including media outreach and organizational Website
7. Provides accurate and timely responses to requests for injury prevention statistics and resources
8. Provides assistance to coalitions with statistical information and facts on childhood injuries and injury prevention
9. Serves as a resource for coalitions collecting and analyzing state and local injury data
10. Represents Safe Kids Worldwide as an alternate on various research and academic committees and advisory groups, as well as at meetings and conferences, to offer injury prevention expertise and promote Safe Kids Worldwide research programs and activities
11. Works collaboratively with staff, major sponsors, agency representatives, and outside partners to facilitate flow of information and foster strong working relationships.
12. Works with Director of Research to strengthen SKW research capacity through partnership.

Evaluates resource materials for suitability of dissemination and conducts conference presentations
1. Coordinates and gathers data and information for SKW resources and products
2. Coordinates and presents SKW information to coalition leaders, sponsors, and outside organizations
3. Provides leadership and assistance for program workshops at annual SKW Leadership Conference

Monitor and facilitate papers and presentations documenting SKW research findings
1. Monitors scholarly journals to increase knowledge base in current injury research methodology and developments across all risk areas
2. Authors/co-authors papers and presentations documenting SKW research findings for submission to peer-reviewed scholarly journals and academic conferences
3. Presents SKW research findings to Coalition Coordinators, sponsors and other organizations within the public health community

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification

1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met


1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving

1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things


1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance