Research Study Director - Jackson, MS

CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.) is seeking a highly motivated professional for the full-time position of Research Study Directorwho willwork under the direction of CAI’s Director of Research and Evaluation, and with key project directors and staff, to provide leadership and day-to-day research coordination and management for a Jackson, MS-based, CDC-funded research study, Project BAT (Black people Against Tobacco). Funded from 2021-2026, Project BAT is an innovative project that willeducate, engage, and empower the Black community in Jackson, Mississippi to fight back against the predatory tobacco industry and increase their ability to advocate for stronger, locally or regionally driven tobacco-control and prevention policies and practices. The successful candidate must live in Jackson, MS. Experience with evaluating and/or overseeing tobacco-control or prevention initiatives desired, but not mandatory. 


The Research Study Director, working in partnership with a team of multidisciplinary capacity building and community engagement experts, the programmatic team, community members and stakeholders, and the research oversight team (consisting of CAI and New York University’s research staff), will hold primary responsibilities for the implementation, day-to-day management and coordination of research activities for Project BAT. The project will work with local partners to build capacity in low-income, Black communities in Jackson, MS, to advocate policies that restrict the sales of menthol and other flavored tobacco products and to build momentum for tobacco-control policy reforms across "Tobacco Nation.” The project accomplishes this by using a community-driven approach for mobilization and policy reform that specifically focuses on engaging community segments that have historically been marginalized in policy-related conversations. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated project and research management skills and a strong interest in utilizing a culturally responsive and racial equity framework to the approach, design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of evaluation activities and products.  


  • Lead the development and implementation of project evaluation plans in alignment with community-based participatory research approaches and implementation science frameworks 

  • Develop and implement assessment and evaluation tools and strategies using culturally responsive and equitable evaluation frameworks  

  • Lead the development and implementation, in partnership with the project and research oversight team, of an evaluation plan for the initiative 

  • Develop, IRB protocol, data collection tools and strategies in collaboration with project staff and community partners (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups) 

  • Facilitate the development and implementation of processes to collect and analyze data 

  • Create monthly reports to track project implementation and summarize findings to disseminate information about project progress and outcomes to a variety of audiences (community members, CAI staff, community partners, funder, etc.). 

  • Report evaluation and assessment findings in writing, PowerPoint presentation, and through data visualization techniques (e.g., maps, data dashboard, infographics) 

  • As needed, conduct literature reviews on a range of topics including best practices in evaluating community-based tobacco initiatives and summarize findings 

  • Working as part of a team to contribute to writing abstracts and white papers, and participate in academic conference presentations to facilitate dissemination of findings 

  • Lead the development and submission of local project reports 

  • Maintain positive working relationships with funders, subcontractors, stakeholders, community members, and project teams 

  • Perform other duties as necessary/assigned 


  • Master’s degree in health/social sciences, public health, or comparable field  

  • 3+ full years of pertinent full-time work providing leadership, direction, management and evaluation support for projects 

  • Experience conducting research in a social sciences, public health, and/or medical/clinical setting 

  • Experience in interfacing with and evaluating public health, clinical intervention, or community-based initiatives or programs preferred 

  • Strong understanding of the Jackson community’s assets and challenges is essential 

  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills and experience and experience with data analysis and data collection/management software (e.g., Excel, R, STATA, MaxQDA, Alchemer, REDCap, etc.) 

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and virtual meeting software (i.e., Zoom) 

  • Experience with data visualization practices preferred, experience with Tableau or PowerBI a plus 

  • Strong writing and communication skills 

  • High attention to detail and adept at managing multiple projects and priorities 

  • Must demonstrate personal responsibility and integrity and show initiative 

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team 

  • Creative mindset and ability to think outside boundaries 

  • Flexibility with working on evenings and weekends as it is occasionally required for community events and data collection 

In keeping with CAI’s “safety first” approach during the COVID-19 epidemic, to ensure the health of our employees and the public whom we interact with, we are requiring all CAI employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations within 6 weeks of their hire date. (If someone is unable to obtain a vaccine due to a medical/disability or religious reason, they may contact CAI’s HR department; contact information will be provided as part of the interview process.)


The salary range for this position is $50,000-60,000, with excellent benefits and working conditions. Apply for this job.