Associate Director, Health Outcomes Research at Planned Parenthood

Associate Director, Health Outcomes Research




Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the national umbrella organization for the nation’s leading network of women’s health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, men, teens and families. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions. Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) is the advocacy and political arm of PPFA.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) seeks an Associate Director of Health Outcomes Research. This job reports to the National Director of Research and Evaluation in the Research and Evaluation Department of PPFA. Situated in the Strategic Impact & Improvement Division, the Research and Evaluation Department conducts original research studies, assesses the effectiveness of National Office programs and initiatives through evaluation, and facilitates, coordinates, and supports research at Planned Parenthood affiliates. The department aims to expand health care options and improve access to critical services and new ways of delivering care.


Reporting to the National Director of Research & Evaluation, the Associate Director contributes to and supports a growing portfolio of original health care-related research conducted by PPFA in collaboration with PP affiliates and PPFA program staff. The Associate Director identifies and executes key steps in the study cycle including: conceptualization of research projects and studies; study design; data management and analyses; synthesis of data and information; and contributing to or leading the writing of scientific reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and other products for internal and external dissemination.


Serves as study lead for selected studies and projects, drafting proposals and study plans, identifying steps in the project/study cycle, and monitoring work plans.

Plans and implements data analysis using STATA, SPSS, or other statistical packages

Prepares and coordinates IRB-related applications

Manages and oversees analysis of data and the writing up of findings

Produces scientific abstracts, manuscripts, and research briefs

Designs, formats, reviews, and advises on the development of survey and other data collection instruments

Supervises tasks related to maintaining proper documentation of research activities and archiving of project files concerning data collection

Monitors study procedures to ensure they are properly followed and to ensure data quality

Liaises with external research and affiliate leaders, providing methodological and substantive guidance on research collaborations

Assists in various aspects of research proposal development, for example by developing analysis plans and budget estimates for research activities

Collaborates with other teammates on procuring grant funding for ongoing work related to outcomes research.


This position requires interaction and management of internal and external audiences and stakeholders. The Associate Director will have familiarity and experience working with the population Planned Parenthood serves, including people of different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, people with different gender identities and individuals with disabilities.

Key customers include:

Planned Parenthood affiliates, including Medical Directors, Patient Services Director, Research Directors and Coordinators, and other health center staff

Internal research stakeholders, including staff from Medical Services, Clinical Outcomes Improvement, Education, and Communications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in a related subject preferred. Combination of professional experience and skills may be considered in lieu of formal/traditional education.

At least five years experience of directly related, progressively responsible research experience.

Required high-level knowledge of epidemiology, health services and implementation research, and/or measurement.

Experience with submission of protocols and management of study reporting to IRBs

Requires working knowledge of sexual and reproductive health.

Must be able to set priorities and balance multiple projects and demands.

Knowledge of and sensitivity to different racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and people with different gender identities, cultural differences and disabilities.

Ability to demonstrate effective communication with diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities, across a variety of organizations and job levels.

Ability to organize, maintain, analyze and distill and disseminate data and results, considering the impacts of the work on multiple communities, including communities of color


Ability to plan ahead and foresee needs and problems

Ability to train and supervise staff and interns

Ability to work independently

Effective communication, organizational and management skills

Efficiency, accuracy, high productivity.

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be able to write project reports, presentations and other professional documents for multiple audiences.

Ability to work with multiple constituencies across departmental and organizational boundaries to problem-solve, build alliances, and influence meaningful outcomes.

Ability to develop, operationalize, and continuously improve systems to create efficiencies.

Demonstrated commitment to reproductive health and rights.



Starting salary: $94K

Final offers for this job will be based on capabilities and will be made within the parameters of the PPFA compensation program. Total offer package to include generous vacation + sick leave + paid holidays, individual/family provided medical, dental and vision benefits effective day 1, life insurance, short/long term disability, paid family leave and 401k. We also offer voluntary opt in for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Transportation/Commuter accounts.

We value a truly diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Our goal is to attract qualified candidates and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We’re committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.

PPFA participates in the E-Verify program and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If denoted as NYC, DC, or both, this position is usually located in our New York City or DC office, but is remote while offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.