Research Assistant


Responsible for performing various research support duties including program review support; maintaining computer files/database and tracking system; administering assessments, surveys and interviews;  and other activities.

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assists in planning and completion of Five Acres research and program evaluation projects to support agency operations and continuous quality improvement (CQI).  
  • Participates in development of data collection and record keeping systems for Research Department.  Maintains computer files containing client and program data.
  • Provides support to agency outcome measurement activities, including scoring and distributing client assessments to appropriate staff, and entering data into required online systems. 
  • Maintains working relationships with Five Acres departments to gather information and carry out research and evaluation projects. Represents Five Acres Research Department in an official capacity at meetings, as assigned.
  • Develops skills in data mining from Five Acres information systems. Creates and maintains spreadsheets and other databases for statistical analysis of agency data.
  • Conducts data analyses and creates user-friendly data dashboards summarizing results of statistical analyses.
  • Develops proficiency in administering assessments, surveys and interviews, as assigned.
  • Develops proficiency in software applications utilized by the Research Department, including but not limited to Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.), SPSS, SurveyMonkey, TOAD Data Point, and Welligent.
  • Performs internet and/or library research, and does directed reading, as assigned. Takes part in training as needed to develop and maintain research skills. 
  • Demonstrates ability to meet deadlines for assigned tasks. 

Position requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • BA degree or near completion in Psychology or related social science field.
  • Prior research or program evaluation experience required.
  • A working knowledge of routine social science research methods in a human services environment. 
  • Effective organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Effective communication skills both oral and written.
  • Proficiency in software applications utilized by the research department including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint), SPSS, R, and internet preferred.
  • Proficiency in Oracle SQL, Microsoft Access SQL, VBA programming language (preferred).

Location: Altadena, CA

Five Acres is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Therefore, the Agency does not discriminate, and does not permit its employees to discriminate against other employees or applicants because of race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), creed, color, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related legally protected medical conditions), sex stereotype, gender identity/gender expression/transgender (including whether or not you are transitioning or have transitioned) and sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, genetic information/characteristics, marital status/registered domestic partner status, age (40 and over), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.