Research Strategist

Research Strategist


The Research Strategist works across the organization to identify and execute opportunities to use research as a change tool, helping MFH and the broader field understand how individual and community health are impacted by various circumstances, policies, and programs. The Research Strategist serves as an expert consultant to internal teams on research and data-related issues and undertakes complex projects to help accomplish the Foundation’s mission and strategy.


  • Contribute toward developing research project ideas and manage (or support) partners and contractors to execute plans, ensuring the foundation contributes rigorous, high-quality and useful knowledge to the fields of public health, social science, and philanthropy.
  • Act as the organizational lead for determining fit and appropriateness of research-related projects that are pitched to the Foundation.
  • Contribute to cultivating a portfolio of research projects and overarching research agenda that contribute to the long-term vision of the foundation.
  • Present and report research results to a wide-variety of audiences, and ensure  stakeholders have access to data and information that inform improvements to policies, programs, and services intended to reduce health inequity and vulnerabilities among populations the Foundation seeks to serve.


  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, or related field required; PhD preferred.
  • Five or more years of relevant work experience required. Familiarity with a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis techniques applicable to work in public health, social service and/ or safety net sectors.

Physical and Work Environment Demands

The physical and work environment demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the position responsibilities. Physical demands, such as the ability to walk, sit, etc., are those of a typical office environment.

Who We Are:

Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.

Statement of Diversity:
Missouri Foundation for Health is an equal-opportunity employer seeking candidates who recognize diversity and inclusion are essential to organizational effectiveness and value the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our employees, grantees, and the people in the communities we serve.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online.

The Foundation offers competitive compensation and benefits. For questions about the application process, please contact Tomye Harris.