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Facebook People Research Scientist, Program Evaluation in Topeka, Kansas


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


The People Analytics and Workforce Strategy (PAWS) team provides research-driven insights and recommendations to better attract, develop, motivate, and retain Facebook’s most important asset – our people. We’re looking for an experienced People Research Scientist, Program Evaluation to join our PAWS team. You will serve as a strategic and consultative partner with HR leadership and stakeholders, to determine whether our people programs, interventions and solutions, are meeting business needs and having impact across multiple workstreams. This role will involve designing and implementing strategies to measure aggregate program effectiveness and providing a systematic view of interventions and solutions related to recruiting, diversity, talent management, development and retention. You will also help develop and refine people processes and technology to make an exceptional workplace even better.We are looking for someone who has excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills, and can effectively lead program evaluation research, particularly from a technical perspective. The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative skills, including predictive analysis. The candidate will also have knowledge of – and research design experience related to – program evaluation concepts, as well as experience with strategic and tactical execution of a team roadmap, partnering across teams, and a good understanding of processes related to the inter-relationships of HR programs and ecosystems.

Required Skills:

  1. Apply your expertise in people research, quantitative analysis, and program evaluation to help Facebook recruit, select, grow, and retain talent

  2. In partnership with HR and business leadership, identify opportunities for research and evaluate program results against success metrics, to drive or re-engineer strategic decisions and program/process changes or improvements

  3. Direct interaction and stakeholder management with program owners, senior HR and business leaders to navigate program measurement considerations, and influence future program design and strategies

  4. Help identify and clarify critical people issues, deeply understand our people programs, processes, and strategies at Facebook in order to drive improvements

  5. Lead research planning and execution across projects in an efficient and scalable manner (e.g., road mapping, code sharing, automation of repetitive tasks, etc.)

  6. Leverage technical expertise to guide research design and perform statistical analyses

  7. Communicate statistical analyses and results, along with implications for employees and Facebook as a whole, to technical and non-technical audiences

  8. Demonstrate exceptional judgment and discretion when dealing with highly sensitive people data and business issues

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. PhD with 5+ years of experience, or MS with 8+ years of experience in a field people or decision research (e.g., organizational behavior, economics, sociology, or other degree related to program evaluation)

  2. Experience applying statistical methods such as linear and logistic regression, quasi-experimental research/causal inference techniques (e.g., propensity score matching, regression discontinuity), longitudinal analysis, or multilevel modeling

  3. Experience managing and analyzing data using tools such as SQL, R, or Python and experience troubleshooting others' analyses and code

  4. Experience communicating research findings to audiences with varying levels of technical knowledge

  5. Openness to feedback and self-awareness

  6. Experience coaching and developing people and teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. 3+ years of experience evaluating people programs within a medium-to-large organization

  2. Experience leading quantitative research in two or more of the following areas: recruiting/hiring, choice/decision science, performance management, diversity, retention or program/training evaluation

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at accommodations-ext@fb.com.