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Lead Research Scientist

Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest gun violence prevention advocacy group, is seeking a Lead Research Scientist. The Everytown Research Department studies how gun violence occurs in America and identifies the best policies and interventions to prevent and address it. In this role, the Lead Research Scientist will need to be able to conceptualize, design, lead, and implement research about the causes and risks of gun violence, who it impacts, and how it impacts different communities and populations. You must be committed to addressing gun violence in diverse communities around the country.

The Lead Research Scientist will be the lead methodological and data resource for the research department, responsible for conceptualizing and designing research as well as interpreting, communicating, and presenting it. This position will manage the Data Scientist, specialist consultants, and supported academic researchers. This position involves a combination of fast-turnaround research and novel data exploration to support the organization’s policy campaigns as well as longer-term development of original research to fill gaps in the gun violence prevention research field.  The 12-person research team produces a variety of products, such as fact sheetslonger reportsblog postspeer-reviewed journal articlesinteractive data tools, and more.  This position will report to the Senior Director of Research.

We’ll trust you to take on the following responsibilities:

  • Lead the conceptualization, design, implementation, and documentation of data collection, analysis, and interpretation, ensuring the appropriate use and accuracy of methods and findings
  • Oversee and contribute analysis to research reports, fact sheets, and other products, and provide rigorous review of products’ quantitative components for accuracy
  • Design and conduct original analyses and identify new avenues for research on gun violence prevention policies, and interventions to fill gaps in this field
  • Manage the Data Scientist and consultants to collect, store, document, clean, analyze, and interpret data, to ensure the integrity of datasets used by the research department
  • Mentor research team members of diverse skill levels in topics related to data analysis and interpretation of complex research literature
  • Summarize and communicate research findings in toplines, reports, tables, peer-reviewed publications, dashboards, and visualizations
  • Review and revise scope of work, research questions, draft publications as needed to support external academic research partners

The ideal candidate will have:

  • PhD in epidemiology, economics, econometrics, criminology, sociology, or other related discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years leading research projects, including design and analytic planning of research with track record of published reports, dashboards, interactive tools, and/or peer-reviewed papers
  • Minimum of 5 years post-graduate degree experience in applied data analysis for social science, public health, criminology, or related field
  • Proficiency to clean, manage and analyze complex and large datasets using at least one statistical software package (Stata, SPSS, and/or R) without supervision
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills matched with a passion for answering hard questions using data
  • Familiarity with government-generated data and information sources related to gun violence (city, state, or federal) a plus
  • Background in mixed-methods research experience (e.g., qualitative and/or survey research, etc.) preferred
  • Experience and skill working with Tableau preferred
  • Experience in people management and methodological mentorship preferred
  • This position is based in New York city, and applicants are expected to work in-person 2–3 days/week in a dynamic and fast-paced environment with an open floor plan.

The salary range for this position is $140,000 – $155,000/year. We offer benefits including health insurance, vision, and dental, as well as 20 paid vacation days and 10 sick days per year.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Everytown for Gun Safety provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Candidates who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. A diverse workforce and open culture are at the heart of our organization and vital to our success.

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