Washington University of St. Louis Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change, Brown School in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change for the Brown School at the Danforth Campus.

Essential Functions


The envolve center for health behavior change™ is a community-corporate-academic healthcare partnership that advances life-centric health research to improve lives so that communities can thrive. A leading model of collaboration that applies research findings for real-world impact, the Center is a true testament to the value of designing innovative and evidence-based healthcare interventions that translate to the enhanced delivery of managed care.

In conjunction with the Director, the Associate Director of Research will facilitate and guide the center’s research portfolio and contribute to strategic planning. In collaboration with Leadership team, this position will jointly exercise responsibility for the development and implementation of the Center’s research and evaluation strategy and project plans. The Associate Director will provide overall programmatic and operational leadership for the Center.


  1. Contribute to and facilitate the development, monitoring, and implementation of Center's research priorities and plan. This will include jointly exercising responsibility with the Leadership Team in identifying and implementing new research and evaluation projects and partnerships, ensuring program teams remain aligned with overall goals and strategic plan of the Center, and aligning the resources of the organization to the areas of most beneficial impact.
  2. Identify potential funding and publication opportunities, and lead efforts to grow the Center’s research portfolio and impact. Work in close partnership with industry colleagues, faculty directors, and other partners to implement managed care claims data to generate new research questions and projects, and oversee the university side of data transfer processes Lead the preparation of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, including data collection and analysis, drafting and editing manuscript text, managing references, and ensuring that manuscripts conform to journal style guidelines. Lead high-level literature searches and identification of evidence-based best practices to inform policy and programmatic recommendations.. Provide leadership and oversight of Center Operations related to research and data needs.
  3. Provide oversight and leadership around management of Center projects to ensure that research work is well planned and successfully executed on-time and within scope and budget. This will include offering support to Center colleagues to ensure effective delivery on all project commitments, and where necessary identifying the required additional resources, expertise, and processes.Candidate will ensure sharing of best practices and project management resources. Finally, candidate will contribute to building, implementing, and overseeing internal systems for conducting ongoing research projects.
  4. Individual would work closely with the Brown School research and business offices to monitor current project budgets, develop research and evaluation proposal budgets, keep track of current project-related spending, and provide input on the development of project-related budgets, as necessary.
  5. Provide methodological leadership, guidance, and facilitate capacity-building opportunities for utilization of qualitative research methods for Center projects.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public health, social work, social sciences, public policy, or similar degree and three years related experience
  • Mastery of computer word processing software, and basic understanding of other computer programs and competence in learning new software
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of healthcare research, policy, and data, with experience working with if not leading research projects that utilize Managed Care claims data

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in public health, social work, social sciences, public policy, or similar degree and five years related experience
  • Previous experience in a high-performing office environment
  • Four years or more of project management experience
  • Deep knowledge of statistical analysis methods and experience with various software packages e.g. SPSS, STATA, SAS, etc.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Respond to quick deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work well under pressure
  • Self-starter and strongly motivated
  • Excellent typing skills
  • Ability to optimize content presentation
  • Must possess initiative, discretion and mature judgment
  • Ability to be an excellent team player that is trustworthy
  • Must understand how to analyze and incorporate claims data into research projects and processes

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $65,559 - $85,293 annually.


  • Retirement Savings Plan

  • 22 vacation days

  • 8 Paid Holidays

  • Sick Time

  • Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children

  • Free Metro Link/ Bus pass

  • Free Life Insurance

  • Health, Dental, Vision

  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Flex Spending Plan

  • Other Benefits

Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Associate Director of Research - Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change, Brown School - 40776

Job ID: 40776

Location: School of Social Work

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular