The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
August 7, 2018
Washington, DC, D.C.
$88,000 - $105,000
Full Time - Experienced
Research and Information
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Summary: The Senior Director, Research position is a management position within ASAE Foundation, reporting to the Chief Research Officer. The incumbent oversees and administers the industry, market, and benchmarking research programs; supervises research managers and coordinators; and collaborates with the publishing and fundraising teams as a partner in helping achieve Foundation goals. The incumbent is responsible for the conceptualization, planning, and execution of most research projects, with the support of research project managers.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
• Partner with staff team leadership and volunteer groups to develop and maintain research agenda.
• Identify, evaluate, supervise, and provide constructive input on internal and external research needs and opportunities. Design research methodologies and statistical analysis plans.
• Collaborate with content development/dissemination teams to design research studies and produce viable, revenue-generating deliverables from research studies.
• Design studies of the appropriate scope to support robust body of content and deliverables, both at no charge and revenue-generating.
• Evaluate and provide input on resource needs and availability for all research activities, including: maintaining the research calendar, assessing technology requirements, and recommending studies or components of studies that should be outsourced or that require consultation.
• Employ strategies to scan the business environment for research needs and opportunities, and provide input on proposed research topics for strategic alignment.
• Coordinate vendor and contractor activities. Ensure research partners have access to ASAE resources as needed. Track progress against research objectives. Advise on project modifications to align with organizational strategy and priorities.
• Direct work of formal and informal volunteer committees, advisory groups, and task forces that serve to advise and support research and other Foundation activities.
• Supervise research staff. Assign projects and tasks. Set individual goals and evaluate progress. Ensure adherence to organizational standards and principles of responsible conduct of research.
• Advanced knowledge of—and experience applying appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and analysis procedures.
• Demonstrated experience in conceptualizing, designing and conducting actionable, practitioner-focused research methods.
• Demonstrated ability to independently make decisions and recommendations on the design, conduct, and oversight of statistical analyses.
• Demonstrated ability to collect, interpret, and report statistical data, particularly in identifying patterns, trends, and key findings from the research.
• Advanced knowledge of - and ability to apply appropriate statistical analyses.
• Ability to manage large data sets.
• Demonstrated advanced skills in and knowledge of probabilistic survey sampling, statistical weighting, and design effects.
• Demonstrated proficiency using technology to organize and execute projects; experience using database, spreadsheet, graphics, and word processing software (e.g., Access, Excel [including pivot tables], PowerPoint, Microsoft Word).
• Knowledge and ability to implement principles of management, supervision, conflict resolution, negotiation, and motivation of staff and volunteers.
• Ability to foster a collaborative, customer-oriented working environment.
• Demonstrated strength in analytic, problem solving, and critical thinking skills; proficiency in collaborative and independent work.
• Demonstrated abilities to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
• Advanced knowledge of data visualization techniques and proficiency in producing written reports of research findings for diverse audiences (e.g., senior staff, volunteers, research community, lay reader/member of the association management community), and for various purposes (e.g., research report, grant application, or technical documents).
• Demonstrated abilities in self-direction, operate under stringent timelines, (re)prioritize appropriately, and take initiative.
Minimum Education and Required Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics, behavioral or social sciences, or related research field. Master’s or Ph.D. degree preferred.
• Seven to ten years of work experience in research methods, including a minimum of five providing direct supervision.
• Experience in an association or nonprofit environment highly desirable.
About The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Our members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.
With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community.
We believe associations have the power to transform society for the better. Our passion is to help association professionals achieve previously unimaginable levels of performance. We do this by nurturing a community of really smart, creative, and interesting people - our members. In short, we are the Center for Association Leadership.