Research Assistant

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Research Assistant
Department TDI
Position Number 1125793
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Position Purpose

To support The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in the development of national, state and regional health policy, with a particular focus on one or more of the following: evaluating health care; initiatives to engage, enable and empower patients; and/or innovative models of intervention, improvement and implementation. Works under guidance of TDI faculty and senior staff to implement a range of project activities.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Public health or health policy background, and commitment to advancing health reform in the United States
  • Ability to work directly with TDI faculty and other executive-level national stakeholders
  • Familiarity with basic research methods and data analysis (quantitative or qualitative)
  • Proven ability to apply critical thinking and sound judgment to address open-ended problems
  • Superior verbal communication and writing skills, and comfort with public speaking
  • Proven ability to manage multiple competing priorities
  • Commitment to diversity and serving the needs of a diverse population
Minimum Experience
  • Internship and/or professional experience in health policy, public health or a related field
  • Experience working with data, including preparation of presentation-quality graphs and tables
  • Experience preparing professional quality PowerPoint presentations
  • Experience writing policy briefs, technical reports, academic articles, and/or grant reports
  • Experience conducting background literature searches
  • Familiarity with statistical programs such as SAS or STATA and/or qualitative software such as Atlas ti or QSR NVivo
Minimum Education
  • Bachelor’s degree
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Abigail Underhill
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is funded by a grant. Continuation is based upon available funds.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

Note: Please note this is a grant-funded position.

Research Support

  • Collaborates with the project leadership to support the design and implementation of research project(s).
  • Conducts and writes reviews of current literature to stay abreast of field.
  • Prepares presentations and other briefings on research findings and their significance for team and partners.
  • Contributes to development of project materials, such as white papers, policy briefs, and academic manuscripts.
  • Assists in writing grant proposals and associated funding reports.

Data Analysis

  • Assists in development of research instruments, such as survey questionnaires and interview guides.
  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets qualitative and/or quantitative data to present findings with tentative conclusions to the principal investigator.
  • Provides data management support, such as cleaning and validation of primary data.
  • Designs data reports appropriately tailored for various audiences, such as research team, implementation partners, provider organizations, or policy organizations.
  • Prepares summaries, drafts of reports, and manuscripts to communicate results and implications of the data analysis.
  • Collaborates with TDI analysts to facilitate data management and analysis.

Project Coordination

  • Effectively communicates with project partners (e.g., provider organizations, payers, research institutions, etc.) in support of project work.
  • Maintains and tracks project timelines to ensure timely completion of project deliverables.
  • Assists in ensuring collaboration between TDI and project partners in an effort to implement project activities.
  • Facilitates team meetings and conference calls, including agenda setting and taking minutes.
  • Develops content and updates for the TDI website and project websites.
  • Assists in organizing conferences, presentations, and related events.


  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.
-- Performs other duties as assigned.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Document #1
  2. Additional Document #2

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