Research Associate II

Posting Number: #1013

Position Title: Research Associate II

Closing Date: August 6, 2021

Location: Remote (Sacramento, CA)

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

The Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) is seeking a part-time limited term Research Associate II for work in nutrition, physical activity, and wellness programming, research and policy. CWN focuses on assisting adults and youth, and particularly members of underserved, low-income populations, to become aware of and adept at using pathways and tools to achieve and enhance their physical, mental, and social well-being so that they thrive throughout life. CWN’s priority areas include increasing access to and consumption of healthier foods, with a focus on fruits and vegetables; decreasing consumption of unhealthy foods and sugary beverages and increasing consumption of water; and increasing physical activity opportunities throughout the day using an equity lens.

The successful candidate will join an innovative, enthusiastic, and highly committed team of six research scientists and research associates led by CWN’s Director of Research and Evaluation. The CWN research and evaluation work unit primarily conducts evaluations of local and state programs in collaboration with CWN’s program staff. We also maintain a small and growing program of research.

With direction and oversight by CWN’s Research Scientist I, this position will be responsible for the execution and implementation of portions of evaluation projects and scientific research projects. The Research Associate II will follow standard operating procedures, protocols, and quality controls according to established methods and be directly responsible for the work assigned.  The position will be expected to exercise judgement within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.  This position has some, but limited, latitude to alter work methods or approaches.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will support CWN researchers and evaluators in evaluating SNAP-Ed and other programming in California and other states and conducting formative and summative research projects. They will assist CWN research and evaluation staff by maintaining business operations to support a high-volume research and evaluation team; programming electronic surveys; and writing, editing, and otherwise assisting in the preparation of scientific reports, technical reports, manuscripts, and other work products to document and disseminate results of analyses and protocols for data collection and use. With guidance from senior CWN research staffers, the Research Associate II will assist with data quality management throughout and the data lifecycle including data collection, entry, cleaning, and coding. The Research Associate II may assist with descriptive quantitative analyses. Some travel within California and the United States will be required.

To do this work, the Research Associate II will maintain subject-matter knowledge of principles and theories relevant to CWN’s work for university, state government, federal government, and other clients. This person will be passionate about public health with basic skills in quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodologies and analyses.

  • Collects, compiles, manipulates, and manages data.
  • Collects, compiles, manipulates, synthesizes, and interprets information from scientific and program evaluation literatures.
  • Conducts literature searches and similar information-gathering efforts, utilizing search databases, libraries, and other sources of information, to collect, record, analyze, and evaluate facts.
  • Serves as literature archivist.
  • With guidance from senior data users, codes and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Provides thorough documentation of team coding and analysis decisions.
  • Prepares technical and statistical reports.
  • May assist collaboration with program staff in support of specific projects.
  • May assist with editorial tasks related to manuscripts and conference presentation.
  • May assist with translating documents from English to Spanish.
  • Performs all other duties that may be assigned by immediate supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of experience relevant to the listed qualifications.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written bilingual skills in English and Spanish are required.
  • Experience in data management.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret statistical findings and convey statistical and/or technical information both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to synthesize non-statistical information and clearly and concisely convey complex concepts in written form.
  • Ability to work with databases such as the SNAP-Ed Program Evaluation And Reporting System (PEARS).
  • Experience programming surveys (e.g., using KoBo Toolbox, Survey Monkey or similar tools).
  • Self-directing; ability to progress on several projects concurrently.
  • Experience working with the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework, and/or other logical or theoretical frameworks is preferred.
  • Willingness, interest, and ability to work with statistical programming languages with guidance from senior staff; some experience with SAS, SPSS, R, or similar data analysis software/languages is preferred.


  • BS degree in social sciences, nutrition, public health, health promotion or closely related field; or substitute with four additional years of related experience.

Important Information

  • This is a part-time (60% FTE) time-limited position that is expected to end after six months, with a possibility to extend and progress to a full time (100% FTE) position as funding becomes available.
  • CWN values its staff’s lived experiences as an asset in relating to, and interpreting information about, the communities we serve. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and wide life experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • This position is based in Sacramento, California. Currently CWN’s physical office location is closed to guard our staff against potential COVID-19 exposure. Remote workers will be considered for this position.
  • Completion of a representative task in English and Spanish will be requested of applicants who interview for this position.
  • This job is eligible for PHI’s full suite of benefits including, but not limited to medical, dental, and vision coverage, health care and dependent-care flexible spending accounts, and generous paid time off.

Thank you for your interest in working with us at PHI. Should you have any questions regarding this job opportunity, email our hiring team at We look forward to hearing from you!

The Public Health Institute is proud to be an EEO/AA employer. We recognize the value of having a staff that brings a wide range of perspectives to this work based on language, ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic background, political beliefs, sexual-orientation and disability. We are committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment and particularly support applications from individuals with lived experience in the communities we seek to serve.


The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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