Research Associate III

Posting Number: #1800

Position Title: Research Associate III

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Sacramento, CA (Hybrid)

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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.

PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-Profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search.


Position Summary

Under the general direction and supervision of the Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation, the Research Associate III will provide research and evaluation support on scientific research and evaluation projects, carrying out the best and most efficient methods to complete assigned work as part of the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN).

CWN’s vision is for a healthy nation where wellness is achievable for all individuals and communities, and its mission is to build capacity and leadership in communities and institutions to make optimal health accessible for all. PHI CWN’s work falls within the four primary areas of training, education, research and evaluation, and advocacy, all of which use a health equity framework to variously address the priority areas of increasing access to and consumption of healthier foods, with a focus on fruits and vegetables; decreasing consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages and increasing consumption of water; increasing physical activity and preventing obesity and chronic diet related illnesses.

The Research Associate III supports evaluation projects working with project managers to meet the needs of clients in conducting quantitative and qualitative evaluations. In this role, the RAIII cleans, codes, and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data, and assists with preparing scientific reports, technical reports, manuscripts, and other work products to document and disseminate findings. It is important for this employee to develop and maintain a knowledge base and stay current on rules guidance, principles, resources/tools, and such, governing or integral to current and new focus areas of CWN work.

Location:  This position is located in the Sacramento, CA office. It will be on a remote-hybrid schedule, meaning that while the position is largely remote there will be occasions then the incumbent will be required to work in the Sacramento Office and/or participate in meetings, conferences, and such, at external venues.  Some travel will be required.   Candidates who can work on a remote-hybrid basis, as detailed above, are preferred. However, consideration will be given to candidates who can only work remotely.

This is a regular full-time position.

Starting Pay:  The salary range for this position is $62,968 to $90,167 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $62,968 to $76,568 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Commute and/or travel to work in the Sacramento Office and/or participate in meetings, conferences, and such, at external venues as required.

30%     Collaborates on evaluation projects. Assists with planning and monitoring formative, process, and/or outcome/impact evaluation projects related to local-level nutrition interventions, either direct education and/or policy,                             systems and environmental (PSE) change; assists in preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications for human subjects approval of evaluation projects; assists with data collection and data entry; provides basic                         quantitative and qualitative data and interpretation, with guidance as needed.

25%     Conducts analysis of data including cleaning and coding of quantitative and qualitative data. Completes data analysis, creates data visualizations, such as tables, graphs and charts for reports and presentations.

25%     Assists with preparing evaluation findings for dissemination including statewide annual reports, evaluation reports, research briefs, evaluation webinars, program implication and recommendation summaries, and fact sheets, as                 well as manuscripts for publication; creates, proofs, and edits graphics and documents for reports and slide presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel).

15%      Supports nationwide technical assistance for Public Health organizations by responding to inquiries about research and evaluation best practices and providing related data and resources.

5%       Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 3 years of relevant research and evaluation experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in science or quantitative field, or substitute with 4 additional years of relevant experience.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Experience demonstrating strong skills in qualitative analysis.
  • Experience with quantitative research and proficiency in SAS or SPSS, or R.
  • Thorough knowledge of USDA SNAP-ED reporting requirements and evaluation framework is required to develop and support applicable data collection systems and to provide training and technical assistance to local agencies.
  • Demonstrated abilities of independent work, scientific reasoning, and experience producing of written reports and/or scientific publications.
  • Strong analytical, mathematical, and quantitative skills.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to commute and/or travel to work in the Sacramento Office and/or participate in meetings, conferences, and such, at external venues as required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fluent in Spanish language.
  • Master’s degree, either MPH or MS in social sciences, nutrition, public health, health promotion or closely related field, with graduate level coursework in statistics and research methods.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.


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