Hunt Research Director, National Alliance for Caregiving

 The Gail Gibson Hunt Research Director (“Hunt Research Director”) manages the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) research department with the aim to further NAC’s vision of a society that values, supports, and empowers family caregivers to thrive at home, work and life drawing on NAC’s mission to build partnerships in research, advocacy, and innovation to make life better for family caregivers—ensuring this effort is aligned with NAC’s strategic objectives and organizational values. Research designed to inform policies and programs for family caregivers across the aging, healthcare, disability, financial security, and social service sectors is a core component of NAC’s work. NAC’s strategic objectives for 2021 – 2024 are as follows: 

We elevate national family caregiving RESEARCH by 

1. Developing credible, transformative, original research; and 

2. Providing open data sets to researchers; and 

3. Leading a peer-to-peer network of national and international experts. 

The Research Director is the primary project manager for NAC research initiatives and assists NAC senior leadership with the establishment and implementation of a long-term development strategy for the research department. The Research Director will also lead the NAC Research Collaborative and represent NAC in public meetings and engage in professional research organizations as needed. 

Principal Duties And Responsibilities

  •  Design and manage NAC research initiatives
    • Implement institutional standard operating procedures that guide the design and development of credible, transformative, and original research projects. 
    • Establish a research strategy that advances policy and program development addressing the needs of family caregivers across the lifespan in partnership with NAC department directors, NAC member organizations, and key external stakeholders. 
    • Assist in implementing a development strategy for the research department by establishing and managing relationships with researchers, partnering organizations, advisory committees, and funders in partnership with NAC senior leadership.
    • Manage research department support staff and sub-grantees ensuring research projects are delivered on time, within scope, and within budget.
    • Manage a systematic method for providing open data from NAC’s original research studies to researchers via the website. 
  • Lead the NAC Research Collaborative
    • Facilitate the establishment of a research blueprint for the NAC Research Collaborative that is aimed at translating research to policy and program development via Collaborative working groups. 
    • Support design and development efforts for an annual research summit for the NAC Research Collaborative in partnership with NAC senior staff. 
    • Manage the Research Department online portal at to facilitate communication among and provide resources to the Research Collaborative.
  • Represent NAC in public meetings and professional research forums
    • Participate in national research coalitions, agency-led working groups, and other research groups as appropriate.
    • Explore opportunities to expand the availability of caregiver data working with organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Administration for Community Living (ACL), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), academic institutions, and other data development sources.
    • Engage in caregiver research and data-focused speaking engagements as needed. 


  • Graduate degree required, with preference for Ph.D., M.S.W., M.H.A., or like degrees with expertise in health policy, caregiving, and/or family support. Geriatrics and gerontology degrees will also be considered. 
  • At least 5 years of experience working on national or international research studies. 
  • Superior written and verbal communication, including the ability to translate complicated research terms to lay people and policy makers. 
  • Superior project management skills, including managing expectations, communicating with funders and internal partners, managing external relationships, and adjusted timelines as needed. 
  • Proficiency with computers, including intermediate – advanced skills in MS Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
  • Personal characteristics that align with NAC’s core values, described as follows: “Our work is guided by an authentic and passionate commitment to family caregivers that is human-centered, data-driven, collaborative, and inclusive.” 

More Information

  • Annual Salary: $ 85,000 – $ 90,000 (DOE) 
  • TIAA 403(b) Retirement: Annual 10% contribution of salary, no match required 
  • Kaiser Permanente Health Insurance and Guardian Dental Insurance, with employee contribution 
  • Life and Disability Insurance 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) 
  • Monthly stipend for mobile phone usage 
  • 15 Days of Paid Time Off, accrued bi-weekly 
  • 5 Paid Sick Days, immediately available 
  • Paid Federal Holidays and Winter Holiday (Office closed 12/24 – 12/31) 
  • Paid Monthly WMATA SmartBenefits or Paid Parking (Post-COVID19) up to $130/monthly 
  • Flex time and remote work available 

Paid membership in an organization/association of your choosing – to be aligned with the work performed for NAC. 

NAC is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). Candidates of diverse backgrounds, minorities, women, people with disabilities, people of LGBTQ orientation, and Veterans are encouraged to apply. To apply for the Hunt Research Director position, please submit your résumé and cover letter to [email protected] in one PDF document.