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 Senior Research Associate
Institution/Organization: Rescue | The Behavior Change Agency
Job Location: Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Contact Person: Trisha Chong
Date Posted: September 29th, 2016
Web Site:

The Company
Rescue provides behavior change marketing services (or "social marketing") to government, non-profit and corporate organizations. Rescue's current work focuses on tobacco, obesity, violence and alcohol prevention; the promotion of exercise, fresh foods and after school programs; and other products and services that promote healthy living. Most of Rescue's behavior change campaigns focus on teens (13 - 17) and young adults (18 - 26), resulting in an unrivaled experience in behavior change campaigns for those audiences.

Rescue is a full-service agency, providing research, strategy, creative, production, web, traditional media, social media, policy change, youth engagement and experiential marketing services to clients in over a dozen states and provinces, as well as to federal government agencies.

We believe that marketing can do more than sell goods, it can create good.

The Job
We are looking for a dynamic, high performing Senior Research Associate to manage both internal and client-driven research projects. This person will be detail-oriented, organized, highly efficient, flexible, able to take on multiple tasks at once, and work within tight timelines. The ideal candidate has a passion for behavior change and significant experience managing quantitative and qualitative research projects through all stages of the research process.

Day-To-Day Activities:
• Plan and lead research projects, both for clients and for internal purposes;
• Apply best practices of experimental design in planning research studies;
• Lead onsite data collection when applicable;
• Work with non-traditional research partners such as bars and nightclubs for data collection;
• Work with traditional partners such as universities and schools for data collection;
• Develop online studies including participant recruitment strategies;
• Analyze data and write reports for clients;
• Manage client relationships for research projects to ensure overall client satisfaction;
• Manage project contractors, such as data collectors, statisticians, and/or technology partners;
• Further Rescue’s various theories of behavior change by identifying patterns across research projects;
• Prepare and submit abstracts for conferences;
• Prepare and develop manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals;
• Stay up-to-date on research trends and be active in the research community at large to ensure that Rescue’s research practices remain innovative, unique, and of top quality;
• Supervise junior research associates, as needed.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree in public health, psychology, sociology, marketing, communications, or related field + 5 years relevant experience OR Master’s Degree + 3 years relevant experience OR PhD + 1 year relevant experience;
• Well-versed and experienced in designing and conducting a broad array of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research approaches such as positioning/messaging studies, segmentation studies, behavioral studies and creative testing;
• Strong background managing research projects throughout all stages of the research process (designing questionnaires, developing data analysis plans, managing data collection, running analyses, developing final report, presenting to client);
• Experience working in in public health, market research, and/or youth research;
• Strong analytic skills with proven ability to contribute to methodology improvements;
• Strong experience with SPSS or a similar software package;
• Proven ability to express research findings in a graphical format;
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work effectively in teams;
• Experience directly supervising staff;
• Basic understanding of youth and young adult cultures in U.S.

Location: Washington, DC
Status: Full-time Position
Benefits: Learn more about the benefits of working at Rescue here:
Travel: up to 25% of the time
Minimum Age: Must be 21 y/o or older

If you’re ready to join our team of mission driven talent challenging the status quo, we’d love to meet you! Check out our Careers page at for more information about what it’s like to work at Rescue, and the benefits that we offer to our team members.

The Fine Print
All business-related environments are tobacco-free. Must have valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and computer and Internet access. Must be available to work non-traditional hours such as late nights and weekends.

Physical Requirements:
Able to remain in a sitting position for prolonged periods of time and stoop, bend, reach, climb stairs, and move freely throughout the building for the performance of duties. Able to read from a computer or laptop monitor for several hours at a time including fonts of various sizes from a variety of sources. Able to travel nationwide as needed to meet with clients, coworkers, or attend meetings and seminars. Must be able to move boxed work documents (surveys & materials), up to 40 pounds, in and out of office for travel by car and by air.

The Application

All applications must be submitted through Rescue’s online careers system (unless you qualify to request a reasonable accommodation, as detailed at We do not accept applications via email, mail, fax or in-person delivery. Please send questions to

Rescue | The Behavior Change Agency is an EEO/Minority/Female/Disability/Protected Veteran Employer

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