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Behavioral Scientist

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

Data Science
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Advocates for Human Potential (“AHP”) has an immediate opening for a Behavioral Scientist to join our leading team of innovative researchers focused on a broad range of independent projects including but limited to examining the impacts of public policies on cannabis and health outcomes. The successful candidate will conduct quantitative analyses for a broad range of existing projects and will be empowered to lead independent research efforts as part of their role. Qualitative analyses will also be involved.

The Behavioral Scientist will primarily be assigned to work under subcontract to Cannabis Public Policy Consulting, LLC (CPPC), which has multiple contracts with state, local, and tribal governments.

Position responsibilities:

  • Communicate and collaborate directly with the senior principal investigator (Dr. Michael Sofis) on study design, analytic approach, and results.
  • Lead project teams of analysts and researchers on state research contracts
  • Program or organize complex data manipulations (e.g., reshaping, stacking, merging/joining) to create analytic datasets that combine data from multiple sources.
  • Clean datasets to identify outliers, assign missing values, etc.
  • Select appropriate statistical methods and conduct complex quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • Summarize results of requested analyses in tabular format and produce data visualizations for internal and external use.
  • Work with senior investigators to prepare presentations and other reporting products.
  • Write study design, methods, and results sections of funder reports.
  • Collaborate with senior investigators on proposals and related business development and write analytic sections.
  • Collaborate with other analysts in creating reusable code and data pipelines to increase analytic efficiency across multiple projects.
  • Supervise junior analysts.
  • Manage small to medium sized research projects that primarily have a data management and analysis focus.


  • Master's degree with Ph.D. Preferred in psychology or another social science degree with 3 or more years of experience in applied research projects in behavioral health, public health or social science conducting rigorous analyses.
  • At least 2 years of project management experience " experience with state clients preferred"
  • Proficiency in a quantitative data analytic tool/language such as Stata, R, Python, SAS, or SPSS required.
  • Experience with other data collection, visualization, database, qualitative, or specialized analytic tools a plus (e.g., Qualtrics, Power BI, Tableau, SQL, Dedoose, Atlas TI, NVivo, MPlus, Mixor).
  • Fluent in statistical methodology and analyses including:
  • Mixed methods design and analyses
  • Descriptive statistics and data visualization
  • Secondary analyses using large administrative datasets
  • Experience leading the writing of analytic analyses and interpreting findings

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience researching cannabis use or cannabis-related outcomes.
  • At least 1 year of experience performing analytics or research tasks for or in the context of government, policy, or regulatory environments is highly preferred

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At AHP, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Salary Range: $105,000 - $115,000

AHP, in an effort to be transparent with applicants about salary and in compliance with various state pay disclosure requirements, publishes the following information which is current as of the date of posting. The base salary range above represents the low and high end of the AHP salary range for this position. Actual salaries will vary and may be high or low in the range based on various factors including but not limited to location, experience, and education. The range listed is just one component of AHP’s total compensation package for employees.

Other rewards may include annual bonuses, short- and long-term incentives, and program-specific awards. In addition, AHP provides a variety of benefits to employees, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family, a retirement plan with a 3% match, student loan repayment assistance, employer-paid life and disability insurance, generous paid time off, and much more.

More About AHP

AHP influences change in health and business systems to support vulnerable populations—from creating policy to ground-level, hands-on work. We help organizations and individuals reach their full potential through professional consulting; research, evaluation, and data analytics; technical assistance and training; and virtual solutions, publications, and events.

Our areas of expertise include behavioral health, mental health policy and services, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, workforce development, homelessness, housing and employment. programs, trauma-informed care, criminal justice, women and children, veterans, health care reform, and population health management.

AHP is proud to have been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. We earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by employees in anonymous surveys. We value employee well-being and are actively engaged in creating an environment that supports work-life balance, self-care, and mental and emotional health.

AHP is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or protected veteran status.