Director of Research Science

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About Trevor

The Trevor Project is the leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.  We are a non-profit that provides 24/7 life-saving support via phone, text, and chat.  We also operate the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, and run innovative research, education, and advocacy programs. We’ve been saving lives every day for over 20 years.

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Role: Director of Research Science

Reports to: Vice President of Research 

Level: Director

Location: This role will be remote in the continental US, Alaska, or Hawaii

Hours: Full-time

Salary Range: $120,000-$140,000 per year

Status: Exempt

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Overview of the role

Every day, and in every role, our staff contribute to our critical mission of ending suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people, while fostering an inclusive approach our direct work and engagement with Trevor colleagues across the organization while fostering an inclusive approach to your direct work and engagement with Trevor colleagues across the organization, while continually growing our LGBTQ competency and awareness.

The Director of Research Science will guide the scientific direction of the Research team to produce high-impact outputs in the form of peer-reviewed manuscripts, research briefs, research reports, and conference presentations, spearheading the methodological approach, design, and oversight of data collection for the annual US National Survey on the Mental Health of LGBTQ Young People, as well as Trevor’s pioneering longitudinal study to understand risk and protective factors for mental health among LGBTQ young people. You will mentor and supervise our team of Research Scientists responsible for conducting data analyses and creating research outputs, and will work with our Research Projects team to ensure that all research protocols and data being collected are high quality and likely to result in increased public knowledge about suicide risk among LGBTQ youth. You will be an internal expert in LGBTQ youth suicide research by providing feedback on organizational content (e.g., training content, amicus briefs, messaging to funders, marketing materials) related to scientific accuracy and an external expert by effectively communicating our research to other stakeholders. 

Who You Are

  • Experienced. You have a proven track record of publishing peer-reviewed research in the fields of suicidology and mental health or related to LGBTQ young people (and preferably both), and a PhD or equivalent degree study.
  • Collaborator.  Experienced in fostering an environment where different opinions and approaches can be entertained, considered, and appreciated while working as a team to find a resolution.
  • Communicator. Demonstrated ability to articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to audiences inside and outside of the organization.
  • Focused on service delivery and adaptability. Demonstrated commitment to outstanding internal and external service to our colleagues, the individuals we serve, our donors, and those with whom we collaborate and communicate.
  • Mission and Culture Aligned. Demonstrated awareness and support for The Trevor Project’s mission and vision: to end suicide and address mental health crises in the LGBTQ youth community, and create a world where all LGBTQ young people see a bright future for themselves.
  • People Manager. Experienced people manager of a team with proven success in training, leading, coaching, developing, and managing the performance of direct reports. Clearly communicates goals and priorities inwardly and outwardly, engaging staff in the execution of responsibilities, and creates open channels of communication and feedback while ensuring team members are accountable for achieving outcomes. Demonstrated track record of communicating organizational decisions, policies, and processes in perspective, keeping the organization’s best interest at the heart of all communications, decisions, and actions.
  • Analytical. You can conceptualize, conduct, and interpret complex quantitative analyses and have experience mentoring others in quantitative methods.
  • Results-focused. You set clear timelines and drive projects to completion. You know  that completing shareable outputs is the key to having a significant impact. 

What You’ll Do

  • Train, lead, coach, develop, and manage a team of Research Scientists who will produce high-impact research outputs including peer-reviewed manuscripts, conference presentations, research reports, and research briefs, ensuring the research science team is properly staffed, follows all ethical guidelines for research, and provides impactful output within target timeframes.
  • Oversee quantitative analyses from data collected from all of Trevor’s survey research (including but not limited to data from the US National Survey on the Mental Health of LGBTQ people and the first ever longitudinal study on the mental health of LGBTQ Young People) to ensure they are appropriate for the research questions being pursued by our research science team
  • Lead the development and execution of The Trevor Project’s Research Science strategy  in conjunction with the leadership team 
  • Prioritize key research findings and determine how to best disseminate them in order to maximize impact
  • Contribute to science by leading peer-reviewed manuscripts related to LGBTQ youth suicide
  • Represent The Trevor Project in speaking engagements, conferences, and in other national and international research convenings related to LGBTQ youth and mental health
  • Lead collaborations that help to maximize the impact of our data in policy and practice
  • Serve as an internal expert on LGBTQ youth mental health and suicide by providing evidence-based input and feedback across teams including training, crisis services, advocacy, communications, and development
  • Other relevant tasks, duties, or special projects as assigned

Why Trevor?

$120,000 – $140,000 a year