PGP (The Public Good Projects) is seeking a full-time Director of Research. This position will lead the planning, coordination, design, and execution of all projects across the department. PGP’s work focuses on a wide breadth of health topics, including substance use, reproductive health, mental health, obesity, school wellness, misinformation and infectious disease, among others. PGP’s research relies on using established best practices within the field of public health, and applying innovative public and private sector strategies to create new approaches for improving health. The ideal candidate for this position will be a dynamic leader, who thrives working independently, can effectively manage a team, has substantial knowledge about public health, and a passion for leading the field in the use of cutting edge strategies.



Specific duties can include, but may not be limited to:   

  • Oversee all aspects of the Research Department, including spearheading direction-setting activities, goal setting, and cultivating a productive work environment for department staff

  • Lead the planning, coordination, design, execution, and interpretation of ~15+ concurrent projects, from formative to evaluative research, and across a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies

  • Oversee and guide preparation of research reports, presentation decks, conference abstracts and presentations 

  • Present research findings to funders, clients, and internal/external senior stakeholders. 

  • Lead, coach, and mentor department staff

  • Collaborate with other departments to prioritize and execute high impact projects

  • Develop and maintain protocols to systematize processes for all department work

  • Stay current with developments within literature across all of PGP’s topics of focus, and incorporate these learnings into processes 



  • A PhD in Public Health, or closely related field (Sociology, Psychology, Social Sciences, etc)

  • Preferred at least 4 years of post-graduate public health experience

  • Deep understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research approaches

  • Preferred experience in survey design; knowledge of survey programming platforms (Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, etc)

  • Excellent attention to detail and highly organized with ability to work on multiple projects

  • Experience managing staff members and a desire to mentor junior staff

  • Ability to work both independently & collaboratively within a team

  • Ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment

  • Excellent written/ oral communication and presentation skills

  • Time-management, multitasking and the ability to work under pressure are essential

  • Knowledge of quantitative analysis software (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R, Nvivo, Atlas.Ti) strongly preferred.

As a workplace, we pride ourselves on our progressive values and excellent benefits, and we strongly encourage candidates who identify as people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and/or gender non-conforming to apply. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This is a full-time, fully-remote position therefore candidates must have the ability to work from their own home office. 


PGP (The Public Good Projects) is a public health nonprofit specialized in large-scale media monitoring programs, social and behavior change interventions, & cross-sector initiatives. PGP’s mission is to apply best evidence and practices from the public and private sectors to create bold projects for health. PGP’s programs and initiatives are evidence-based, tailored for particular populations, employ a collective impact model, and are scientifically evaluated.


PGP values diverse perspectives and is committed to building an inclusive workplace. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or prior arrest history.


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