East Carolina University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a doctoral institution with an enrollment of over 27,000 students and approximately 4,500 faculty and staff.
Job Description: The research associate has dual reporting to the Directors of Institutional Assessment and Research and assumes responsibility for assignments that support the planning, assessment, and research functions in the Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research (IPAR) at East Carolina University (ECU). The scope of the position extends from IPAR to the entire University community.
The Associate works with faculty and staff in administrative, academic, and student affairs units to develop comprehensive plans of unit assessments, evaluations, research, and projections. ECU's institutional effectiveness plan is part of an ongoing university integrated planning and evaluation process.
The associate is responsible for documenting the alignment between our mission, goals, objectives, the student centered outcomes of our programs and data-based higher education best practices.
Higher Education Research and Data Analyses: This position provides leadership with best practices in higher education research which includes the use of current and future data bases and applications to offer effective and efficient data analyses and report delivery using a variety of data sources. The research associate will maintain and advance understanding of data sources and tools related to data warehousing, data mining, and business intelligence technologies. The associate will remain current in the latest multivariate and univariate quantitative analytic methodologies. In addition, the position requires competence and experience with qualitative, naturalistic, and multi-method research methodologies. In as much, skill with focus groups, data mining and path analysis is highly desirable.
This position works closely with university assessment and planning associates in analyzing student learning outcome data as well as assimilating static reporting formats into an interactive process utilizing dashboards and drill downs with a focus on student learning and institutional planning.
The research associate may serve as a member of institutional and divisional committees, task forces, and councils.
The utmost in accuracy is required. Crucial decisions and planning strategies depend on the data provided by units related to student learning, enrollment projections, and evaluation. General instructions are provided to the associate as needed with guidelines and parameters specified as necessary for individual projects.
Specific roles and responsibilities:
1. Provide reporting, assessment, analysis, benchmarking, and planning to support the needs of various university units.
2. Work closely with units to identify, design, collect, analyze, research and report on a variety of forms of assessment and higher education data and to assist in the development of timely and appropriate action plans. Summaries of research results and the action plans developed along with outcomes achieved must be reported in the unit assessment documents.
3. Assist organizational units in generating reliable, relevant, and quality data and information to facilitate student centered, data-based program planning.
4. Work to enhance effective data and information flow between the schools/colleges and the administrative offices. Work to partner with other offices, faculty, and staff to enhance University-wide assessment and planning.
5. Provide direction and administrative management of appropriate higher education research and institutional assessment procedures.
Minimum Qualifications: The qualified candidate must hold a minimum of a Master's degree (PhD preferred) in statistics, higher education administration, educational research methodologies, college student personnel administration, social or behavioral sciences, education, or other relevant area with an emphasis in research methodologies. Strong interpersonal qualifications and experience working directly with faculty and administrators in development of statistical models are highly desirable. The ability to interact with faculty and administrators in all divisions is important. Well-developed skills in written and interpersonal communications are essential. At least 5 years of relevant experience in a higher education or professional school management is preferred. The relevant experience includes (1) multi and univariate analysis (2) qualitative, naturalistic and multi-method data analysis, (3) project management and assessment, (4) and experience with grant-writing contributing to the design, instrumentation, and proposed analysis. The position demands solid organizational skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work independently, attend to multiple projects simultaneously, and meeting deadlines.
Special Instructions to Applicants: East Carolina University requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. Candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae/resume, and a list of three references, including contact information, online.
Date Initial Screening Begins: 05-24-2013
Job Close Date: Open Until Filled