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Qualitative Research Coordinator, Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health (MCFH)

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 5:00pm
Expiration Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 5:00pm
Job Summary: 

Reports to: My-Phuong Huynh, Program Evaluation & Surveillance Manager

FLSA: Exempt

Status: Full-time, permanent

Supervises: NA

Created/Revised: 2020/2020

The Qualitative Research Coordinator will support the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health (MCFH) through using qualitative research skills to inform the development and evaluation of MCFH programmatic and policy initiatives. 

This position is responsible for supporting research and evaluation by working closely with the MCFH Division Director, MCFH Data and Evaluation team, and the Medical Officer for Women’s Health to support recommendations to improve maternal and infant health. In particular, the Qualitative Research Coordinator will provide qualitative analysis and coordination for the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review. The Qualitative Research Coordinator position requires strong oral and written communication skills, project management skills, and data analytics using relevant software. 



  • Create and conduct focus groups and one-on-one interviews to inform and evaluate MCFH initiatives, including the maternal mortality and morbidity review, the fetal and infant mortality review (FIMR), and a centralized home visiting intake system.
  • Use qualitative software (Nvivo or Atlas TI) to analyze focus groups and interviews transcripts. 
  • Train MCFH staff in conducting focus groups and one-on-one interviews.
  • Coordinate the FIMR Case Review Team and other maternal & child health review teams, as needed – including case abstraction. 
  • Organize logistics and manage preparations for project-related meetings and conferences.
  • Assist in grant development and submission, including contacting internal and external stakeholders and soliciting materials for grant proposals.
  • Conduct literature reviews and review research to identify best practices, standards, guidelines, and innovative policy and programmatic approaches to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. 
  • Assist in the preparation of publications such as conference abstracts, presentations, reports, and peer-review manuscripts.


  • A master’s degree in public health, public policy or equivalent from an accredited institution is strongly preferred. 


  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with Nvivo or Atlas TI required.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point).
  • At least 1-2 years of work experience in qualitative research. 


Standard office setting at workstation and periodic use of office equipment. This position will initially be fully remote and will transition to in-person work in accordance with public health guidance.


Full time position, typical hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, or as needed.  


Local travel to multiple sites and community meetings, upon request.


Transporting materials is limited to travel, if needed.


$50,000 - $60,000 and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Our employee benefits package can include:

  • Medical with vision benefits
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life,  AD&D and long term care insurance 
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, with a company contribution
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick, personal and holiday
  • Employee Assistance Program