National Partnership for Women & Families

Independent Researcher (Contract Position)

The National Partnership for Women & Families is seeking an independent Researcher to work with Childbirth Connection Programs to advance access to high-quality, evidence-based maternity care in the United States. The successful candidate will work with National Partnership staff on a diverse range of activities, as described below. This is part-time contracted work, carried out remotely, with regular telephone and email communication.

The National Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501c(3) organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote access to quality health care, reproductive health and rights, fairness in the workplace, and policies that help women and men manage the dual demands of work and family. Engaging women and families in the evolving maternity care system and accelerating transformation to a high-value maternity care system through new care delivery and payment models, better performance measurement and other high-leverage approaches to improvement is essential to ensuring that the maternity care system reliably delivers quality, affordable care and meets needs of women and families.

Position Summary
The Researcher will work with the Director of Childbirth Connection Programs and its Senior Advisor to provide both substantive and administrative support on projects involving health policy, public education, grant writing, and survey research and analysis. Key responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and pursuing funding prospects matching program priorities and capabilities;
  • Supporting investigators in carrying out and reporting the current Listening to Mothers survey of the views and experiences of childbearing women;
  • Supporting Childbirth Connection leaders in their policy advisory and work group roles for advancing high-value maternity care;
  • Developing online resources for childbearing women that align with program commitments to evidence-based maternity care and helping women engage with and navigate the maternity care system;
  • Helping to plan and implement publicizing new program resources for women and professionals; and
  • Helping to identify new features for Childbirth Connection social media.

Researcher must be able to demonstrate that s/he is an excellent verbal and written communicator; highly attentive to detail; and extremely well organized with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced program. This work requires personal initiative and high energy; the candidate must be comfortable working as part of a team and working independently in a remote setting.

A Master’s degree (for example MPH, MPP or in a clinical discipline) and 1-2 years of research, project support, and/or clinical practice experience is required. Knowledge of and experience working with maternity care issues is required, as is proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite 2010 and online research.

Timeline and Time Commitment, Compensation and How to Apply
This position requires about 24 hours per week on average. This is an independent contractor position, not eligible for employment benefits. Funding is secured through June 2018; hourly rate is commensurate with experience.

Please submit cover letter with résumé, at least two writing samples and three references to (Subject Line: Childbirth Connection Researcher). Materials will only be accepted by email and position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen. The National Partnership may choose not to consider incomplete or inaccurately submitted materials.

The National Partnership is committed to equal employment opportunity. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to gender, race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other factor protected by law. Please see "EEO is the Law" for more information on Equal Employment Opportunities.

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