Social Scientist, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services

Business Strategy Consultants seeks an experienced Social Scientist to work on research and evaluation activities. This position will support the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)’s Division of Child and Family Development in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Please see the attached position description for more information.


Application deadline: April 9, 2016.

Social Scientist Position

Business Strategy Consultants seeks one experienced Social Scientist to work on research and evaluation activities. This position will support the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)’s Division of Child and Family Development in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF).


OPRE conducts rigorous research and evaluation for improving child and family well-being. The Office studies ACF’s social services programs and the low-income and at-risk children and families they serve. Areas of focus include Head Start, child care, welfare, employment and self-sufficiency, child abuse and neglect, responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage, maternal and infant home visiting, and youth services. OPRE includes approximately forty staff, primarily research and evaluation specialists. The Office oversees a portfolio of over $100 million in grants and contracts.

·             Information on ACF is available at

·             Information on OPRE is available at


The position will support federal staff and carry out responsibilities related to supporting research and evaluation activities related to human service programs.  Responsibilities will include:


·             Assists federal staff in oversight of research contracts and grants from inception through completion of satisfactory report and dissemination of results.

·             Works with federal staff and existing grantees and contractors in identifying emerging issues and question in need of new research, synthesis or interpretation for policy decision-making.

·             Coordinate collaborative efforts among grantees, contractors, other researchers in the field and federal staff to promote sharing of research findings, methodologies, and measurement approaches.

·             Monitors new and emerging research relevant to ACF programs and assists federal staff in coordinating the integration of research into current projects and future planning.

·             Provides expertise to OPRE around data analysis and research methodologies.

·             Performs other related duties as assigned.

The incumbent will support the Division of Child and Family Development (DCFD). This Division includes work around Head Start, Early Head Start, child care and early education, and child welfare. The incumbent will assist DCFD staff to manage research activities and cross-divisional and cross-agency work.


More specifically, the Division requires support of a social scientist expert in research and policy related to child care and early education, child care subsidy policies in support of low-income, working parents, quality of early care and education and initiatives to enhance quality in programs, coordination of early childhood services, and social policies in support of early care and education and helping families achieve self-sufficiency.  The individual should have expertise related to the research and evaluation of one or more of these fields. The individual should have strong evaluation methodology skills including both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses. The individual should have experience with impact evaluation, including randomized trials in human service settings.


The incumbent will (1) use knowledge of child and  youth development, family systems and economic self-sufficiency, early care and education policies and practices, research and evaluation methodology, and statistics to assist staff in preparing program announcements or requests for proposals, (2) assist federal staff in communicating with research grantees and contractors and coordinating research consortium or other research activities, (3) serve as liaison between OPRE staff and grantees and contractors to ensure quality, timeliness and inclusion of ACF’s goals and priorities and recommend actions to be taken, (4) plan and accomplish assignments in support of OPRE staff, (5) provide guidance to federal staff on statistical and technical issues related to ongoing research projects, (6) prepare and present oral presentations of OPRE research at local and national conferences, (7) prepare a variety of position papers, issue analysis, written comments, briefing documents, and fact sheets concerning data, research findings and program operations, (8) identify opportunities for collaborative activities across program areas and agencies.




This position will be located in Washington, DC.




A Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Child Development, Family Studies, Developmental Psychology, Public Policy, Public Health, Sociology, Social Work or related fields. Experience with research, program evaluation, and knowledge of policies and programs affecting children and families served by ACF programs.


The salary will be $75,000 to $90,000 depending on experience, skills and capability of the candidate. Although a full time staff is preferred, highly qualified part-time applicants will be considered.


Business Strategy Consultants provides the following employee benefits:

  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Health Insurances
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 401K Retirement Plan


Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to:


Business Strategy Consultants LLC

9701 Apollo Drive,

Suite 445

Largo, Maryland 20774

(301) 773-5601 (office)



Closing Date for Applications:  April 9, 2016