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Senior People Research Scientist

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Employer Provided Salary: $139,000-$245,400 Annually
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Company Description
Block is one company built from many blocks, all united by the same purpose of economic empowerment. The blocks that form our foundational teams - People, Finance, Counsel, Hardware, Information Security, Platform Infrastructure Engineering, and more - provide support and guidance at the corporate level. They work across business groups and around the globe, spanning time zones and disciplines to develop inclusive People policies, forecast finances, give legal counsel, safeguard systems, nurture new initiatives, and more. Every challenge creates possibilities, and we need different perspectives to see them all. Bring yours to Block.
Job Description
As a People Research Scientist at Block, you will conduct advanced research and modeling to solve strategic HR challenges and improve the employee experience. You are someone who excels in research design, statistical analysis, and data storytelling. Your ability to provide consultative guidance, manage multiple projects, and adapt to shifting priorities is essential in driving organizational effectiveness and enhancing employee engagement.
You will:

  • Design and execute research studies to understand and improve employee engagement, retention, and performance, utilizing predictive modeling techniques to forecast future trends.
  • Develop and refine employee surveys, ensuring they are methodologically sound and aligned with our strategic objectives.
  • Analyze survey data to identify patterns, trends, and insights that can inform our People strategy.
  • Develop and apply network analysis methods to understand the complex relationships and social structures within the organization.
  • Create and refine psychometric assessments and tools for talent selection, development, and organizational diagnostics.
  • Implement data-driven strategies to enhance our talent acquisition, development, and retention efforts.
  • Present findings and implications of complex predictive and prescriptive analyses to technical and non-technical stakeholders, explaining key insights, strategic importance, and trade-offs among strategic response options.
  • Provide timely, accurate, understandable, impactful, and actionable research insights to executives and senior leaders to help inform and refine our People strategy.
  • Analyze and interpret large datasets using advanced statistical techniques and data visualization tools.
  • Translate research findings into actionable insights and recommendations for senior leadership, ensuring that the implications of the data are clear and impactful.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in people analytics, predictive modeling, network analysis, and psychometric assessment design.

You have:

  • Bachelors with 8+ years' experience, Masters with 5+ years' experience, PhD with 3+ years' experience, or equivalent work experience in a field emphasizing applied organizational research and quantitative analysis (e.g., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Applied/Behavioral Economics, Organizational Behavior, Business Management, Public Administration/Policy, Computational Mathematics, Computer Science).
  • 3+ years of combined experience in the following areas:
    • Applying statistical tests and modeling techniques (e.g., ANOVA, regression, SEM) in industry, government, or consulting contexts.
    • Using large datasets to develop forecasting models/tools.
    • Working in HR, recruiting, people strategy/operations, or a related function.
  • 2+ years of experience using quantitative research methods for assessment, program evaluation, or related areas.
  • Expert proficiency in SQL and R or Python for data manipulation and analysis.

Even better:

  • 3+ years of experience applying advanced statistical methods (e.g., multilevel modeling, HLM, structural equation modeling, dimension reduction techniques) to people or organizational research problems in industry, government, nonprofit, or consulting contexts.
  • 3+ years' experience in developing and administering organizational surveys, assessments, and diagnostic tools.
  • 2+ years' experience in project and program management, including process development and improvement.
  • 5+ years' experience in HR, recruiting, people strategy/operations, organizational effectiveness/development, or a related function, preferably within an organization of 5000+ employees.
  • People management or mentorship experience is a plus.

Additional Information
Block takes a market-based approach to pay, and pay may vary depending on your location. U.S locations are categorized into one of four zones based on a cost of labor index for that geographic area. The successful candidate's starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.
Zone A: USD $163,600 - USD $245,400
Zone B: USD $155,400 - USD $233,200
Zone C: USD $147,300 - USD $220,900
Zone D: USD $139,000 - USD $208,600
To find a location's zone designation, please refer to this resource . If a location of interest is not listed, please speak with a recruiter for additional information.
Full-time employee benefits include the following:

  • Healthcare coverage (Medical, Vision and Dental insurance)
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account
  • Retirement Plans including company match
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness programs, including access to mental health, 1:1 financial planners, and a monthly wellness allowance
  • Paid parental and caregiving leave
  • Paid time off (including 12 paid holidays)
  • Paid sick leave (1 hour per 26 hours worked (max 80 hours per calendar year to the extent legally permissible) for non-exempt employees and covered by our Flexible Time Off policy for exempt employees)
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Paid Life insurance, AD&D, and disability benefits

These benefits are further detailed in Block's policies. This role is also eligible to participate in Block's equity plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies, and may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. Sales roles may be eligible to participate in a commission plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies. Pay and benefits are subject to change at any time, consistent with the terms of any applicable compensation or benefit plans.
We're working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class.
We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we're doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page .
Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
We've noticed a rise in recruiting impersonations across the industry, where individuals are sending fake job offer emails. Contact from any of our recruiters or employees will always come from an email address ending with @ , @ , @ , or, @ .
Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.
While there is no specific deadline to apply for this role, on average, U.S. open roles are posted for 70 days before being filled by a successful candidate.

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Block Benefits Overview

At Block, we want to provide you with benefits, perks, and offerings that empower you to make choices for your life and what matters to you. We understand the importance of having quality care. So, whatever stage of life you’re in, we offer coverage and plans to support total health — physical, mental, and financial — for you and your family.

Volunteer in local community
OKR operational model
Open office floor plan
Remote work program
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Employee stock purchase plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Fitness stipend
Professional Development Benefits
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available

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