Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.
  • 01-Feb-2021 to 05-Mar-2021 (EST)
  • 44 Holland Avenue- Radigan
  • Albany, NY, USA
  • 81,391
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full-time benefits package based on percentage of effort (FTE)

February 1, 2021


Research Scientist III

Salary Grade 25


The Research Foundation is seeking a full-time Research Scientist in the NYS Office of Mental Health Office of Performance Measurement and Evaluation (OPME) focused on the evaluation of the NYS Children's System of Care (SOC) expansion. The SOC expansion is a 4-year project (2021-2024) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Children's SOC is an ongoing project to develop and expand coordinated capacity to more effectively serve children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families throughout NYS. The SOC evaluation is a mixed-method design and includes federal, state, and local reporting requirements, as well as diverse stakeholder input in the form of quality improvement, qualitative, and quantitative data collection activities.

The Research Scientist III will supervise a team of junior research scientists and work under the guidance of the OPME director and senior research scientists. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for planning, coordinating and executing all evaluation activities including communication with SOC sites and stakeholders, data collection, tracking and management, data analysis, federal, state and local reporting, as well as dissemination of findings.

Candidates must have solid organizational and communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively with a wide variety of professional staff and as part of a technical team, as well as independently. Strong technical writing and presentation skills and the ability to translate technical methods and findings to lay audiences and in visualizations is also required.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Stakeholder coordination including leading update and training meetings with evaluation participants and stakeholders on required evaluation activities;
  • Evaluation project management including work plans and task tracking procedures using data bases, spreadsheets, and other computer applications as necessary to support all evaluation activities;
  • Evaluation plan technical design for the 4-year SOC project including written evaluation plans to guide measurement of SOC project goals and objectives;
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, data extraction, data cleaning, statistical analysis, and technical interpretation of finding;
  • Quality improvement projects including development and execution of SOC quality improvement concept, plan, and measurement strategies;
  • Communicate evaluation progress and findings including regular written and graphical summaries of evaluation activities and findings, Tableau reporting, SAMHSA quarterly data input, and project annual reports for internal and external publication;
  • Supervise the SOC evaluation team to assist with listed responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree and at least (4) years of professional research experience in an appropriate field with demonstrated research experience; or a Master's degree and (3) years of professional experience in an appropriate field with demonstrated research experience. Appropriate fields include public health, biostatistics, economics, psychology, sociology, social work, or a related social science field.
  • Experience with quantitative study design and statistical analysis.
  • Experience with qualitative and survey methods.
  • Knowledge of quality improvement strategies and plan development
  • Strong analytic and programming skills, including experience with SAS /SQL or other quantitative statistical software, and manipulating large datasets and relational databases in a data warehouse environment.
  • Experience working with Medicaid or other large data systems and relational databases.
  • Experience with Tableau or other data visualization tools.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite including Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Fluency in the English language.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's or Doctorate with experience in both public and mental health care systems.
  • Analytic experience with a large variety of populations, diseases, and programs areas.
  • Experience working on large program evaluations and experience with qualitative analysis is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of survey software and Tableau is also preferred.


44 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12229


To commensurate with credentials and experience.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and your resume with your application on our website at by February 19, 2021. Only applications submitted through our website will be considered.

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. (RFMH) is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. RFMH offers its own excellent benefits package and is a minority, women, disabled, veteran EEO employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

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