Job Description

Research Associate I (Research Services)
Louisville, KY, United States of America


With national offices in Louisville, Kentucky, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) focuses on the national and international mission work of the church. It serves and works with congregations, presbyteries, and synods as the central provider of resources that enable individuals, congregations, and governing bodies to carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. The work at the Presbyterian Center is carried out by approximately 400 staff members in several national entities: Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Investment and Loan, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, and Presbyterian Women.

Position Purpose:
Help the PC(USA) and others make data-informed decisions through the use of data science, consulting, and research (especially quantitative) and work with senior researchers to lead, consult, or work on projects.

Job Skills / Requirements

  1. Interface with client partners for congregational surveys, reports, consultations, and billing related to the surveys.
  2. Integrate data from multiple data sets into new databases for research management.
  3. Analyze and interpret data sets and make findings relevant and actionable for both internal and external stakeholder
  4. Understands and translates business needs into data models supporting long-term solutions and practices
  5. Create, document, workflows, and test protocols
  6. Understands workflow within existing databases and expand their functionality
  7. Classifies work to connect, establish linkages between projects
  8. Data Scientists develop and design research instrumentation, oversee data collection, analyze data, implement quality control procedures, and manage project timelines.
  9. Research Specialist conducts quantitative and qualitative research studies to meet identified needs.
  10. Report Writer summarizes findings, creates, and writes research summary reports.
  11. Evaluative Research Project Manager (working with senior staff and client to design and carry out research appropriate to the type of information needed, on projects assigned by coordinator; conduct analysis and write and disseminate reports; make presentations as required)
  12. Professional Engagement and Development (work with and/or within professional associations; participate in professional meetings; read professional and scholarly publications to stay abreast of best research practices and current research in evaluation research; publish reports as appropriate)
  13. Assist team members when needed to distribute project load fairly. 

Essential Position Requirements:


  • Masters’ in an applied social science/ social service research; Bachelors with five years’ experience in the field will be considered


  • Masters’ with 0- 2 years of experience. This is an entry-level research position, a recent graduate with research practicum in an applied social science research setting; considered; Bachelors’ with up to five years’ experience conducting market or community-based research

Required Skills

  • Up-to-date knowledge of applied social science research methods
  • Ability to develop quality surveys using best research practices
  • Customer service skills in working with colleagues, clients, and the public
  • Ability to interpret research data for persons with limited knowledge of statistics or research methodology
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SPSS
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and data visualization skills
  • Understanding of and respect for Christian principles

Helpful Skills and Competencies

  • Experience in developing surveys using online survey software such as Qualtrics, Survey Gizmo, or similar software
  • Creating reports and dashboards using Excel
  • Skill in working with a wide diversity of people and in building and maintaining relationships
  • Knowledge of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its polity/governance
  • Copyediting skills
  • Ability to design and conduct qualitative research, including focus groups and interviews
  • Ability to analyze and interpret qualitative data into findings that church leaders, agency staff, and Presbyterians in general can find useful and understandable
  • Experience with web survey development

Required Competencies

  • Ability to translate issues into practical research questions
  • Ability to analyze and interpret quantitative data into findings that church leaders, agency staff, and Presbyterians in general can find useful and understandable
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting with a professional demeanor.

Physical Requirements

  • Some occasional travel required 


Additional Information / Benefits

We believe a balanced life, with time for work, leisure, and spiritual nurture, makes us healthier and more productive colleagues at the Presbyterian Center.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers a competitive benefits package including:

Medical, Dental, Pension Plan, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending accounts, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan

Vacation Days, Sick Days, Paid Holidays

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates from Presbyterian communities in the global south and other historic Presbyterian Communities of Color, preferably with theological training and fluency in languages other than English, are encouraged to apply.

Individuals living with disability encouraged to apply.

This job reports to the Coordinator, Research Services

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1