Research Associate/ Data Manager

New York City/ Hybrid
October 2022
Full time, Regular, Exempt
Reports to
Senior Research Associate/Data Manager


Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute is a global leader in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through a unique and interrelated program of high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy and strategic communications, the Institute works to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development; its overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people worldwide. The Institute is engaged in building a more inclusive, transparent and equitable organization.

Position summary

Under the direction of the Senior Data Manger, the Data Manager (DM) will support the Data Management Core by providing expertise and support for the Research Division’s data management needs (including data acquisition, storage, analysis, and archiving) and IT functions. In addition, under the direction of senior project staff, the DM will perform a variety of complex research tasks across research projects, including supervising junior research staff. In this role, the DM works with a broad range of individuals within the division and across divisions to ensure data integrity and that project management milestones are achieved. 


  • Under the Data Management Core, work other Research Cores, the Research Administration Team, and senior management to prioritize data management and information needs.

  • Develop and implement process improvements in Data Management. Core operations.

  • Support data management, programming and analysis.

  • Perform simple to complex analyses and tabulations using a range of data files to support a range of domestic and international research projects.

  • Perform advanced data management tasks, including processing large datasets with complex sample designs, merging data files, preparing national demographic and social science datasets for analyses, and transposing and restructuring data files.

  • Advance efficiencies in the analysis pipeline by developing standard centralized programming for commonly used survey datasets and supporting staff in the use of these data.

  • Support staff in the use of Stata and other statistical packages

  • Maintain relationships with research project leads to identify data management needs, process gaps, or areas for improvement.

  • Assist in proposal development by providing information on available data sources:

  • Oversee archiving of project materials in consultation with project managers.

  • Assist in maintenance and documentation of Guttmacher’s historical project materials.

  • Manage responses to external requests for Guttmacher data, monitor and track outcomes of data sharing:

  • Serve as a liaison in cross-divisional communications on data related issues.

  • Assist in proposal development by providing information on relevant data sources

  • Perform other job-related duties as requested

Qualifications and skills

Skills and demonstrated experience with the core responsibilities is valued over the type of degree(s) or a specific number of years of experience.

  • High level of experience in data management using a range of software programs and documentation is required.

  • Advanced proficiency with STATA is a must. Experience with R is desirable.

  • Advanced proficiency merging, cleaning, and coding survey data.

  • Knowledge of survey design, weighting and sampling, and experience processing large domestic and international datasets (e.g., NSFG, U.S. Census and Natality, DHS, MICS) desirable.

  • Proficiency with statistical programming is required. Ability to rapidly learn new advancements in the field.

  • Experience working with large teams across multiple projects.

  • Excellent communication skills including oral, written, and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully engage with diverse teams.

  • Professionalism and ability to work independently and efficiently.

  • Ability to plan ahead, prioritize competing demands, anticipate needs and solve problems.

  • Excellent organizational and management skills.

  • Provide consistently accurate work.

  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Experience in the sexual and reproductive health field a plus.

  • Competitive candidates will likely possess Master’s degree in data science, statistics, epidemiology, social science, health or demography field and a minimum of three years of progressively responsible related work experience. or a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and five years of progressively responsible related work experience.

Salary and benefits

Salary starting at $88,500 to $141,500, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time, paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.


How to Apply

To apply, submit resume and cover letter here.

Please note that telephone inquiries will not be acknowledged. No agencies, please.

Guttmacher is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer  

The Guttmacher Institute seeks to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment, where employees’ talents are valued and recognized as an asset to the achievement of our mission. We endeavor to make the application process accessible to all users. If you need assistance learning about or applying to our employment opportunities, please contact our human resources department at (212) 248-1111 or [email protected].