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24 days ago
North America, United States
24 days ago


The ASPCA is seeking a Director of Research to join our Strategy & Research team – a thoughtful and mission-driven team working on often novel or groundbreaking research that directly drives impact for animals. This role represents an exciting opportunity for skilled researchers who approach their work with a sense of optimism, demonstrate passion for animal welfare, and thrive in the less-controlled environment of applied and field research to apply their talents in support of our mission. This is a remote (work-from-home) position that requires an individual with a strong research background and experience/interest relevant to the position’s focus on research in the areas of animal-related public policy and equine welfare. Candidates may come from a diverse range of disciplinary or applied backgrounds, so long as these provide most or all of the desired skills and experience listed below in some form.

Within the Department of Strategy & Research, the ASPCA’s Research Team conducts program evaluation and original research that supports the strategic priorities of the ASPCA. Our work addresses a wide range of topics that directly impact our internal program work as well as the field of animal welfare. As a member of the 11-person Research team, working under the supervision of the Senior Director of Research, the Director of Research leads research projects and program evaluations in collaboration with specific departments within the ASPCA. 

This position will center on collaborating with departments within the Policy, Response & Engagement division of the ASPCA, specifically those focusing on 1) public policy and 2) equine welfare. The Director is responsible for understanding the organization’s goals and how the partner departments’ goals fit within them. Using this knowledge, the Director will work with partner departments to identify, plan, and lead the most impactful research projects or program evaluations. Work activities will include literature review, research/evaluation design, data analysis, creation of peer-reviewed publications, project management, liaising between departments at the ASPCA, and providing expert input and insights to ASPCA projects and programs. In addition, the Director works together with partner departments to determine a thoughtful plan for how the results of the work will be used internally and externally. In these and other ways, Directors serve as thought partners to the specific departments with which they work. Additionally, they ensure that research and evaluation projects are focused to generate continuous improvement in our plans, drive the direction of the ASPCA’s work, and develop new insights for the animal welfare field. 

This is a remote-based position that can be performed from a home office anywhere in the country.


Identify and Lead Impactful Research Projects and Program Evaluations: (80%)

  • Lead research projects and program evaluations with minimal supervision 
  • Guide program direction for assigned partner departments by developing and analyzing data and transforming it into meaningful insights
  • Create effective relationships with partner departments and key staff
  • Serve as a strategic thought partner for partner departments to identify and prioritize the most impactful work
  • Frame clear and appropriate project goals independently
  • Help to develop program goals and design ways to help programs evaluate how and if their work is accomplishing what they intend
  • Develop timelines and apply appropriate project management tools to ensure that the work is completed in a timely, efficient, thoughtful and accurate way
  • Scope the project appropriately by asking the right questions to surface all work that needs to happen and clearly outline what the Research Team is responsible for
  • Identify when to pull in additional specific skill sets and subject matter experts and otherwise work independently
  • Recognize when the work needs to change in scope or if the overarching goal of the work needs to be revisited and generate appropriate solutions
  • Problem-solve within the project to achieve the goals of the department
  • Actively share new research in animal welfare with partner departments to help drive change and results
  • Communicate goals, progress, timelines, challenges and findings clearly up, down, and across departments
  • Identify key audiences for uptake of the research to support the development of an internal and external communication plan for the completed work
  • Ensure all data collection and reporting against goals is accurate, efficient and complete
  • Write scientific publications suitable for peer-reviewed journals as well as publications suitable for non-scientific audiences such as trade journals

Provide Expertise and Share Knowledge: (20%)

  • Provide subject matter expertise on a topic of importance to the ASPCA
  • Rapidly engage with additional projects as required using this expertise
  • Effectively present research findings externally at conferences and events when appropriate
  • Stay generally abreast of field of animal welfare in the areas of specific departments
  • Assist others in publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values: 

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals 
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes 
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together 
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible. 
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals 

Additional Information:

  • Must be able to work in a remote office
  • Some travel required (up to 10%)
  • A cover letter tailored to this position is required. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.



  • Minimum of 6 years of research or program evaluation experience involving topics and skills that can be applied to animal welfare
  • Experience writing scientific publications required
  • Experience with supervision of staff, temp employees and/or contractors, preferred
  • Experience working remotely preferred
  • Experience in policy research/analysis preferred
  • Familiarity with topics and research in equine welfare a plus


Experience working within a research role and familiarity with how research is conducted, supported, and communicated; Research or program evaluation experience in animal welfare preferred; Experience in policy research/analysis preferred; Familiarity with topics and research in equine welfare a plus; Advanced Excel and strong data summary, visualization, and analysis skills; Display good judgment about when to use existing processes and when a new approach is warranted; Strong ability to make research findings accessible to all audiences; Strong project oversight and management skills; Strong statistical analysis skills with the ability to shift between different software packages; Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication (verbal, written, and typing) skills; Strong ability to work as both a leader and collaborator, and both within and across departments; Strong ability to rapidly get up to speed on new information; Strong ability to negotiate and influence direction and focus; Strong ability to connect work to the broader goals of the ASPCA; Ability to balance thoroughness with efficiency; Ability to work effectively with colleagues at the Department Head level; Ability to learn from mistakes and identify ways to improve; Ability to quickly, calmly, and efficiently adjust to changes in direction and re-prioritize work; Must display care and concern for the safety and well-being of self, animals and others, especially during stressful situations; Must be a self-guided, creative, highly organized, and motivated individual


Bachelors (Required), Masters (Preferred) 

To Apply: 

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 57603152
  • Location:
    North America, United States
    New York, New York, United States
  • Position Title: Director, Research - Public Policy and Equine Welfare
  • Company Name: ASPCAcareers
  • Job Function: Research/Analysis
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: Master's: MPA, MPP, MPM, etc.
  • Min Experience: Mid-Career

The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the first animal welfare organization established in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. The organization’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in three key areas: protecting and rescuing animals from crisis, assisting animals in communities and advancing legal protection for animals. The ASPCA ...

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