The ASPCA is seeking a Director of Research to join our Strategy & Research team – a thoughtful and mission driven team working on often novel or groundbreaking research. This role represents an exciting opportunity for a skilled researcher who approaches his or her work with a sense of optimism, demonstrates passion for animal welfare, and thrives in the less controlled environment of applied and field research to apply his/her skills in support of our mission.
Our Department of Strategy & Research conducts program evaluation and original research that supports the strategic priorities of the ASPCA. Our work addresses a wide range of topics which directly impact our internal program work as well as the field of animal welfare. As a member of the Research team, working under the supervision of the Senior Director of Research, the Director of Research leads research projects and program evaluations in collaboration with specific departments or initiatives within the ASPCA.
This position will center on collaborating with departments within the Policy, Response & Engagement division of the ASPCA, specifically those focusing on empowering communities to prevent, identify, and respond effectively to animal cruelty. The Director is responsible for identifying the goals of proposed research projects or program evaluations, as well as their scope and timeline. In addition, the Director works with the requesting department or initiative to determine a thoughtful plan for how the results of the work will be used. The Director conducts and oversees the creation and capture of data, the creation of data summaries, and the completion of analyses.
The Director will also draft publications from appropriate projects for various venues including peer reviewed journals. The Director then shares the results at the appropriate level for the audience, including the Director’s insights and the implications of the findings. To this end, Directors serve as thought partners to the specific departments or initiatives with which they work. Additionally, they ensure that research and evaluation projects are focused to generate continuous improvement in our plans, drive the direction of the ASPCA’s work, and develop new insights for the animal welfare field.
This is a remote-based position that can be performed from a home office anywhere in the country.
Responsibilities include and are not limited to:
Lead Research Projects and Program Evaluations: (80%)
Drive program direction for assigned department portfolio by developing and analyzing data and transforming it into meaningful insights
Lead Research Projects and Program Evaluations with minimal supervision
Frame clear and appropriate project goals independently
Help to develop program goals and design ways to help programs evaluate how and if their work is accomplishing what they intend
Develop timelines and apply appropriate project management tools to ensure that the work is completed in a timely, efficient, thoughtful and accurate way
Scope the project appropriately by asking the right questions to surface all work that needs to happen and clearly outline what the Research Team is responsible for
Identify when to pull in additional specific skill sets and subject matter experts and otherwise work independently
Recognize when the work needs to change in scope or if the overarching goal of the work needs to be revisited and generate appropriate solutions
Problem solve within the project to achieve the goals of the department
Communicate goals, progress, timelines, challenges and findings clearly up, down and across departments
Ensure all data collection and reporting against goals is accurate, efficient and complete
Write scientific publications suitable for peer reviewed journals as well as publications suitable for non-scientific audiences such as trade journals
Provide Expertise and Share Knowledge: (20%)
Provide subject matter expertise on a topic of importance to the ASPCA
Effectively present research findings externally at conferences and events when appropriate
Stay generally abreast of field of animal welfare in the areas of specific departments
Assist others in publishing research findings in peer reviewed journals
Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:
HasCommitmentand dedication to improving the lives of animals
Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible.
Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals
Minimum of 6 years of research or program evaluation experience involving topics and skills which can be applied to animal welfare
Experience writing publications required
Experience with supervision of staff, temp employees and/or contractors, preferred
Experience working remotely preferred
Must be able to work in a remote office
Some travel required (up to 10%)
A cover letter tailored to this position is required. Please attach your tailored cover letter to your application.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Our mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. We offer national programs in humane education, public awareness, government advocacy, shelter support, and animal medical services and placement. Our New York City headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital, behavior center, adoption facility, and Humane Law Enforcement Department. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.Our EEO Policy:The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, ...which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA. Please inform the ASPCA’s Human Resources Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).