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Job Details

Research Associate (Bilingual English/Spanish REQUIRED) - Institute Community Health

Date Posted: 05/23/2024

Requisition Number: 7034

Location: Commerce Place 

Work Days: M-F, flexible start and end times  

Category: Research  

Department: Institute Community Health  

Job Type: Full Time  

Work Shift: Day 

Hours/Week: 40.00 

Union: No 

Union Name: Non Union

The Institute for Community Health (ICH) is a non-profit consulting organization within the Cambridge Health Alliance that provides planning and assessment, participatory evaluation, applied research and data services to help local communities create sustainable health. The cornerstone of our mission is a commitment to community engagement in all aspects of the planning, evaluation and research processes, and a deep appreciation for the diverse experiences and values that communities contribute to health improvement. ICH has extensive experience working across sectors and with a broad array of organizations and institutions, including community-based organizations, city and state governments, hospitals and community health centers, and academic institutions. Our work spans a wide variety of topic areas, including immigrant health, health systems, health disparities, substance use, and mental health, among others.


The Research Associate is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day activities of evaluation, research, and planning and assessment projects, and conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Evaluation and Research Project Support:

  • Coordinate project and community partner meetings, including scheduling meetings, developing agendas, compiling resources and completing minutes 
  • Support development of project strategy, logic models and evaluation plans
  • Develop surveys, focus group and interview guides and other project tools
  • Collect data, including implementing surveys, conducting interviews and moderating focus groups 
  • Provide oversight to data management and complete data entry and data abstraction
  • Participate in the analysis and interpretation of both qualitative data and quantitative data, including preparation of charts and graphs
  • Utilize secondary data sources to create summary tables and charts for reports and presentations 
  • Participate in meetings and contribute to discussion regarding project activities
  • Participate in the writing of reports and other dissemination materials (i.e. developing power point presentations) for community partners and funders; integrate qualitative and quantitative data in to reports

Revenue Generation Support: 

  • Support revenue generation by working with senior staff and project teams to write grants and proposals
  • Support organizational efforts to identify new clients and grow business opportunities 


  • Fluency in Spanish required
  • Experience in research or evaluation, including developing data collection instruments and collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Experience working with community organizations and diverse populations
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in public health, public policy, sociology, psychology, or related field preferred
  • Be at ease interacting respectfully with community partners and community members
  • High attention to detail, good organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and be flexible in day-to-day work tasks
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other ICH staff
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

In keeping with federal, state and local laws, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) policy forbids employees and associates to discriminate against anyone based on race, religion, color, gender, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to establishing and maintaining a workplace free of discrimination. We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not tolerate unlawful discrimination in the recruitment, hiring, termination, promotion, salary treatment or any other condition of employment or career development. Furthermore, we will not tolerate the use of discriminatory slurs, or other remarks, jokes or conduct, that in the judgment of CHA, encourage or permit an offensive or hostile work environment.

Cambridge Health Alliance brings Care to the People - including your neighbors, friends and family. Our local hospitals and care centers serve our vibrant, diverse communities, and play an integral role in improving health. As passionate advocates for the underserved, we actively partner with our communities to take on challenging public health issues, and conduct important research to help reduce barriers to care. We believe that everyone deserves access to high quality, convenient health care. This is why our employees believe in where they work and why many build long, rewarding careers at CHA.

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