Director of Research, Behavior Change

Location: Arlington, VA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor

Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG) is an applied research firm located in Northern Virginia. At FMG, our team of social scientists is dedicated to helping federal and private organizations find meaning through research and create significant impact through its application. From formative research on the causes of underage tobacco use to the evaluation of prescription drug claims, our team of highly trained social scientists work to fully understand each challenge and develop applications for our clients that create positive change. 

We are currently seeking an experienced, intelligent and motivated social scientist to lead and expand our efforts in the area(s) of behavior change, social marketing, and communication with our private and public sector clients. This individual would exercise significant discretion in the leadership of his or her division, direct business development efforts, and work directly with the top management team to foster an enriching work environment. Projects support message and advertising development and evaluation across a variety of topics (e.g., tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, chronic disease, infectious disease, environmental risks), methodologies (e.g., focus groups, surveys, experiments), and audiences (e.g., youth, physicians, international travelers, military).

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading of multiple research teams, spearheading direction setting activities, cultivating a productive work environment, and developing team members through coaching, mentoring and on-the-job training.
  • Contributing knowledge and expertise in behavior change, social marketing, and communication research.
  • Providing client account management to understand needs, to manage expectations, and to build long -term relationships (including business development activities).
  • Providing quality control and implementing financial controls across a variety of quantitative and qualitative projects.
  • Building relationships with business partners, subcontractors, and universities to support current and future work.
  • Strengthening FMG’s research brand through a well-articulated strategic marketing plan.


  • Master Degree (PhD preferred) in social science field such as psychology, communication, marketing science or related.
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience leading social scientific research projects and managing research personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain client relationships.
  • Track record of business development in one or more specified research domains (e.g., social persuasion, social psychology).
  • Applicants may be subject to a low-level government security investigation and must meet eligibility criteria for access to sensitive information.

We Offer:

  • Opportunities for professional development in a collaborative, small business environment in which staff are self-motivated and enthusiastic about their field of study.
  • Opportunities to participate in high-quality research and to influence decision making among government and business leaders.
  • Highly competitive benefits/compensation package.

All completed submissions must include a resume, cover letter and salary requirements.

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