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Abt Associates Project Director - Survey Data Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts


We seek a passionate, well-qualified, mission-driven Associate / Project Director to join our team to help design and lead large, complex surveys and data collection projects, working primarily with federal, state, and local agencies. The role is focused on driving our pursuit and conduct of projects in the areas of multi-mode data collection (e.g., in-person, telephone, web, mobile, IVR, etc.) and leveraging new forms of data capture (e.g., use of secondary data & administrative records, mobile data, web-scraping, IOT data, etc.). As a growing leader in the field, the primary responsibility will be overseeing all aspects of data collection projects. Associates will als assist in business development working closely with Abt’s many subject matter experts, data collection experts, data scientists and technology specialists.

The location of the position may be in any one of our regional offices (Rockville, MD; Cambridge, MA; Atlanta, GA; or Durham, NC – or as a primary telecommuter).

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the planning, design, and implementation of large-scale projects.

  • Manage multiple survey projects

  • Assist in in the development and implementation of a strategy for identifying and winning large-scale opportunities that would utilize Abt’s survey research and data capture capabilities.

  • Manage/contribute to proposal efforts and manage client relation/development activities

  • Collaborate with peers in other divisions

  • Write study documentation, OMB and IRB submissions, methods reports, IRB and training manual

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree or PHD in social science, statistics, survey research, or related area and experience directing surveys plus some experience with qualitative, mixed-methods, or data science research

  • Experience in winning new work and strong client relationship management, with a focus on on large federal government opportunities in the areas of survey research and data capture

  • Excellent project management skills, particularly with larger, more complex government client projects

  • Proven ability as a team leader and work collaborator across an array of disciplines within a large research organization

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills as well as written and verbal communications skills

  • Experience in quantitative and data analytics, including modeling, design and execution using survey and administrative data

  • Good understanding of the uses of data science analytics (Machine learning, natural language processing, text analytics, etc.) and technology in the evolving field of data capture within the government contracting space

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree + Seven years of relevant experience, or PhD + Four years of relevant experience

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment. #TS-1

The Division of Data Science and Enabling Technologies is Abt’s full-service technology, data, and innovation partner, offering expertise across the entire spectrum of data — from the initial capture, to data wrangling and analytics, and data visualization and dissemination. They combine deep experience in developing, conducting and capturing high-quality data via complex surveys with an ability to normalize, analyze and transform data into actionable insights.

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.