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ACE Awareness Foundation

Senior Research Associate

– Memphis, Tennessee
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor


Senior Research Associate

Position Description



The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Awareness Foundation, established in 2015, is helping to transform communities by promoting policy and practice that supports the healthy development of children. The Foundation is working to: (1) create a Greater Memphis community—and catalyze a statewide movement—that understands the deep and long-lasting impact that childhood trauma can have across the life span and (2) support innovative strategies that prevent toxic stress or lessen its negative effects on children and their families. The Foundation’s signature initiative is its Universal Parenting Places —UPPs. These judgment-free zones are places where parents can go for help with family-related issues and concerns, both big and small. They receive professional counseling, information, emotional support, and referrals; participate in stress-reduction exercises, parent-child activities, and discussion groups; and build social support networks that extend far beyond the walls of the UPPs. 


The Foundation is seeking an experienced researcher to lead the design and implementation of a plan for measuring the impact of the Universal Parenting Places on those it serves. The Senior Research Associate will identify key areas for evaluation, build capacity for ongoing self-assessment, and lead efforts to conceptualize and implement a longitudinal strategic evaluation plan designed to improve internal program practices as well as inform the field of ACEs prevention and effects mitigation.

This role provides an exciting opportunity for someone with a strong background in research and evaluation and a demonstrated commitment to family support services to contribute to the continued growth of both the ACE Awareness Foundation and the UPPs.

This position will report to and work closely with the Executive Director.



  1. Manage the creation of a comprehensive UPP logic model and/or theory of change to provide a visualization of the program that will support strategic action and guide evaluation.
  2. Lead conversations with Foundation and UPP staff, board members, consultants, and other key stakeholders to determine appropriate metrics and benchmarks for organizational success.
  3. Manage development and implementation of the overall framework for timely collection, management, analysis, and reporting of valid and reliable data to evaluate UPP performance and outcomes.
  4. In collaboration with external consultants, design and implement tools to support the evaluation plan, including both quantitative and qualitative methods as appropriate.
  5. Collaborate with Foundation and UPP staff to help foster a data-driven culture, strengthening the monitoring and evaluation system and building staff capacity to lead more effective programming. 
  6. Translate and disseminate research findings to a range of internal and external constituencies.
  7. Work with communications staff to produce publications, presentations, research resources, and briefing/white papers designed to inform the field and policymakers.



  • Master’s degree in public policy, social science, education, or related field
  • Strong focus on metrics and data-driven decision making, preferably in a nonprofit organization
  • At least three years of experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, tool design, and validation, including proficiency working with quantitative and qualitative datasets as well as analysis methods and software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Atlasti.)
  • Exceptional project management, prioritization, and planning skills, with demonstrated success producing high-quality deliverables on time and within budget
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team as well as with outside consultants
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills, with the ability to operationalize concepts and transform ideas into action as well as apply research findings to ongoing program development
  • Knowledge of research and current trends in ACEs and trauma strongly preferred



Major benefits include paid time off, health and dental insurance, and paid parking.



We are a small team, so no phone calls, please. Only email applications will be accepted. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A cover letter addressed to Executive Director Renée Wilson-Simmons that succinctly describes how you meet the qualifications, why you want to work for the ACE Awareness Foundation, your salary history, and where you learned of the position
  2. A resume/CV that contains your contact details; a list of your key skills; education, with dates; employment history and volunteer work, with dates; and technical/software skills. If you have language proficiency other than English, please note, including your level of proficiency
  3. A recent research-related writing sample of no more than three double-spaced pages in length

Due to the pace of the search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We appreciate the time and effort required to submit a thoughtful application, and your submission will be acknowledged via an email message confirming receipt.

The ACE Awareness Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that supports diversity in all aspects of its work and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, or disability. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit our website at

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