Position: Director of Research

Location: Regular, Full-time/Exempt, Washington D.C./Remote
Reports to: Sr. Director of Research
Supervises (Direct): Statistical Programmer Analyst; Research Analyst

About the Organization

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a private, not-for-profit organization established in 1952 to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME) in the United States.  The NRMP is not an application processing service; rather, it provides an impartial venue for matching applicants’ and programs’ preferences for each other consistently.  The NRMP conducts the annual Main Residency Match encompassing 47,000 applicants for more than 39,000 positions in core residencies as well as Matches for fellowship positions in over 70 subspecialties through its Specialties Matching Service®.

Position Summary

The Director of Research is a key strategic role within the growing Research team of the organization. The incumbent will supervise junior research staff members and also support the Senior Director of Research by leading key aspects of the implementation of the NRMP’s growing research agenda. Incumbent will be capable of all phases of the research process, including the conceptualization, design, and implementation of internal and external collaborative projects as well as analysis and dissemination of results. The overarching goal of all of the NRMP’s research projects is to provide rigorous, state-of- the-science evidence that will inform approaches to improving processes and outcomes of the transition from Undergraduate (medical school) to Graduate Medical Education, residency and fellowship training, and career trajectories of the physician work force.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will act as Project Director, leading day-to-day research operations including but not limited to:

  • Routine communication and coordination with Senior Director of Research on strategic priorities related to the research agenda;
  • Messaging about and assignment of tasks to other project team members, as appropriate, to advance the research agenda and monitor their completion;
  • Engagement in or supervision of project-specific literature reviews;
  • Development and/or supervision of study protocols, standard operating procedures, operations manuals, and process documentation;
  • Development and testing of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools;
  • Supervision of regulatory compliance activities for which the NRMP is responsible (e.g., IRB submissions); and
  • Supervision of data collection activities under NRMP auspices (e.g., online surveys)

Incumbent will also be expected to:

  • Oversee or conduct data analyses that utilize state-of-the-science methods and may involve partnership with members of the Data team on merging complex data sets from both internal and external sources;
  • Apply substantive and methodologic knowledge to the interpretation of findings, and assume key roles in dissemination activities including lead or co-authorship of peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, technical reports, and conference presentations.
  • Support members of other NRMP Teams in understanding and interpreting research findings and preparing professional presentations.

Education, Previous Experience, and Training

  • Ph.D., Sc.D., or Ed.D. in education, psychology, sociology, epidemiology, or another subfield of public health including substantial statistical coursework is required.
  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years of progressively responsible postdoctoral work experience on multidisciplinary research project teams in social and behavioral sciences or public health involving study design, project management, sophisticated statistical analyses, and lead authorship of peer-reviewed journal publications and conference presentations.
  • Experience with undergraduate and graduate medical education and the residency selection process is preferred.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Required

  • Demonstrated expertise in conceptualizing research questions and selecting study designs, data collection strategies, and analytic approaches appropriate to address those questions, in one or more content domains of social and behavioral sciences, education, or public health.
  • Advanced skills in the development and testing of data collection tools, e.g.:
    • Creation of survey questionnaires or interview protocols including design and evaluation of pilot tests of the instruments
    • Development and testing of protocols for downloading and creating analytic files of publicly available data (e.g., from the Bureau of the Census, the Association of American Medical Colleges, or the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education)
  • Advanced skills in the performance of complex statistical analyses of large data sets using SAS, including linear and logistic regression, multilevel models, and latent variable modeling.
  • Excellent analytic, critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills, including:
    • Ability to lead independently on writing of manuscripts of publishable quality for submission to peer-reviewed journals or similar dissemination outlets
    • Ability to produce clear, concise process documentation of study protocols and other research activities
    • Demonstrated ability to present research findings orally in clear, concise fashion, including high-level skills in translating complex research concepts into plain language understandable to lay audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in leadership as well as collegial capacities within multidisciplinary teams.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Preferred

  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing qualitative data collection projects (e.g., focus groups)
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing qualitative data (e.g., content analysis, thematic analysis, grounded theory approaches)
  • Demonstrated experience in sampling design and implementation (e.g., stratification, clustering, probability proportional to size)
  • Demonstrated experience performing latent variable modeling using MPlus

Interpersonal Skills and Characteristics

  • Attention to detail to identify and address potential problem areas in domains such study design, data collection procedures, and quality of data output
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, including the ability to supervise junior team members.
  • Ability to interact with and respond to people at multiple levels within the NRMP as well as external constituents and collaborators (e.g., medical school faculty, learners, and residency Program Directors) and prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to learn new skills, industriousness in identifying and utilizing resources internal to the organization, and self-motivation in seeking out and requesting external resources for education and training when appropriate.
  • Good judgment, initiative, and commitment to high standards of ethics, regulatory compliance, customer service, and business and scientific integrity.

ADA Specifications

(Physical demands that must be met to successfully complete the essential functions of the job)

This position is presently a telework position due to COVID-19; it is unknown at this time if an in-person workplace will resume. Should in-person work resume, this position may remain remote with potential for intermittent in-person meetings and project work.

This position is primarily sedentary with occasional overnight travel and may require some bending and lifting. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.

NRMP is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or other protected class status. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.