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Research Associate, Community Engagement

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Miami, Florida, USA

Position:                     Research Associate, Community Engagement

Reports to:                 Chief Community Engagement Officer

Position Status:         Full-Time, Contract 


The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson's community.

The Research Associate plays a key role in directing data collection, database structures and reporting related to the Parkinson's Foundation Survey and Community Engagement evaluation portfolios. This position's primary responsibilities are to define and build surveys, community needs assessments and program evaluations to inform the Parkinson's community.

The ideal candidate is an analytical, community-focused team player who will manage the entire project lifecycle, from strategy to analysis. The candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing projects within budget, timeline, and scope.  This candidate will work inter-departmentally to discover new survey opportunities.

It is essential that the Research Associate, Community Engagement enhances the Foundation values of collaboration, dedication, excellence, integrity, positivity, responsiveness, and teamwork. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaborate with senior leadership team to shape the survey research agenda
  • Create logic models, budgets, dissemination plans and timelines for and conduct eight to 10 survey projects annually
  • Develop and deploy participant recruitment strategies with goal of building a representative survey database
  • Direct quantitative and qualitative research projects from end-to-end, which includes:
    • Identifying Foundation research priorities
    • Conducting background literature reviews
    • Creating surveys from scratch or editing surveys from published surveys and resources
    • Collaborating with researchers, people with PD and pharmaceutical representatives to ensure research relevance
    • Writing IRB protocols and communication materials
    • Hosting and managing surveys on REDCap
    • Cleaning and analyzing survey data through descriptive statistics (SPSS, R software program, excel and Tableau)
    • Reporting out survey findings to several audiences/platforms including board members, peer-reviewed publications, academic conferences and press releases
  • Manage external vendors involved in survey projects including consultants, COE researchers and pharmaceutical representatives
  • Communicate with internal staff to conduct community needs assessments and evaluate project outcomes for the community engagement portfolio
  • Deploy appropriate quantitative methodologies to answer Foundation questions and develop novel approaches when needed


Minimum Qualifications

  • Educational background in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Psychology, Sociology, or other relevant field.
  • At least three years of survey research experience (qualitative and quantitative).
  • Data analytics experience, preferably with SPSS, R programming and Tableau.

Additional Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in computer software including Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Compensation for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience.

The Parkinson’s foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our culture and in our work on behalf of people with Parkinson’s disease. 

All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, subject to any legally required accommodations. 

How to Apply: 

Please email resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected]. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate, “Research Associate, Community Engagement” in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters and salary requirements will not be considered. No phone calls please.

Organization Info

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Dec 2 2022
Active Until: 
Jan 2 2023
Hiring Organization: 
The Parkinson's Foundation