Easterseals Southern California

Associate Director, Research

US-CA-Southern California Region
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Under general guidance from the Director of Research, manages a number of pertinent research projects and assists with the day-to-day administrative duties of the research division. Mentors and supervises Associate Researchers and/or other ESSC associates who are conducting research, with the goal of disseminating the findings through various means. Also serves as a Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (HSIRB) coadministrator


  • Develops and oversees ongoing relevant research projects conducted by ESSC Associates. Writes grants in collaboration with grant team to obtain funding for projects
  • Manages a team of Research Assistants. May also manage one Program Manager (based on location and clinical needs in that area) and Associate Researchers
  • Manages the daily administrative tasks related to the Research division
  • Completes assessments as assigned and represents ESSC or Research Division at conferences including presentations and posters. Submits at least one protocol for publication in a peer-reviewed journal per year.
  • Provides mentorship to clinical and/or research team associates who conduct research
  • Serves as an IRB committee co-administrator and manages at least one research division sub-system
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree in behavior analysis or in an area with a strong emphasis in behavior analysis or behavioral research and 3 years research experience (or experimental thesis/dissertation completed).
  • Two years direct people management experience. A minimum of 1 year experience supervising other researchers’ projects or as a thesis/dissertation committee member or in other mentorship capacities. BCBA certification preferred.
  • Must have a primary line of research or area of expertise, as evidenced by at least one experimental publication submitted for consideration to be published in a peer-reviewed journal or a publication; demonstrated success in submitting research grants; successfully defended a dissertation or thesis.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through oral and written skills, and work cooperatively with a variety of individuals and groups.
  • Ability to interpret and implement policies, procedures and regulations; ability to exercise discretion and maintain a high level of confidentiality to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Ability to pass a post-offer physical examination and a TB test.
  • Ability to provide proof of Measles, Pertussis, and Flu vaccines or doctor exemption for immunizations.
  • Ability to travel locally with incumbent’s own, reliable transportation; maintain driving record in compliance with Transportation Safety Standards; maintain auto insurance and vehicle registration.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a criminal record/fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, per Easterseals of Southern California and/or program requirements.


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