College Research Analyst*, Institutional Research and Planning

Columbia College
Sonora, California
$4,847 – $6,198 per month
Apr 07, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Columbia College


College Research Analyst*, Institutional Research and Planning

Salary: $4,847 – $6,198 per month – Range 41 (2015-2016 Classified Salary Schedule)

40 hours per week, 12 months per year

Monday through Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

(may require evening and weekend hours)


*This is a categorically funded position. (Continued employment in this position is dependent upon funding).


Appointments are hired at the first step of the range. The second step is paid after the first year of satisfactory service with subsequent steps annually thereafter to a maximum sixth step.

Deadline: 05/05/2017


Complete job description and application available online at:


Job Description

Under the general direction of the Director, College Research and Planning, design, conduct, write and present institution-wide research studies primarily related to institutional effectiveness and student learning. Support the institution’s planning functions by providing information and research for decision-making and policy analysis.


Minimum Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The knowledge and ability requirements are representative of essential duties. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


Knowledge of: 

• Research methods including study design, sampling, data collection and analysis, and report writing for quantitative, qualitative and historical information in an educational environment

• Assessing and evaluating student learning and institutional effectiveness

• Various software packages and data sources related to educational research.


Ability to: 

• Perform extensive and technical research and evaluation tasks

• Interpret research needs

• Design research for original data collection and analysis

• Gather, analyze, interpret, and make recommendations based on data from a wide variety of sources

• Create, develop, and maintain databases

• Communicate effectively (oral, written, symbolic forms) with all audiences

• Establish effective working relationships with others

• Place and interpret research data and findings in the context of higher education and California Community College functioning

• Prioritize on a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule

• Be sensitive to and understand the diverse academic socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds in a community college.


Education and Experience

Any combination of education, experience and/or training that would likely provide the above-required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. Typical background patterns that would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities are:


Pattern I

Education: A Master’s degree or higher in a field with basic statistics and research methodology.


Experience: Professional level research experience in or similar to institutional research (especially in a community college); and methods including study design, data collection and analysis, longitudinal and program evaluation studies; standard and advanced procedures related to sampling, correlation analysis, projections and other measures related to education or social science research, data reduction and display techniques; various computer applications


OR Pattern II

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education (institutional research), statistics, mathematics, economics or social/behavioral sciences


Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in projects requiring statistical/analytical work.


Example of Duties

• Design and implement all phases of research studies, including selecting appropriate research designs, collecting and accurately analyzing data, preparing narrative reports for (and presenting findings to) various audiences. 

• Collect, analyze, evaluate, and provide recommendations based on quantitative, qualitative and historical information from multiple and various sources, both internal and external. 

• Assist faculty, staff, and administrators in the assessment and evaluation of institutional effectiveness and student learning at the course, program, and college levels. 

• Assist faculty, staff, and administrators in Program Review, accreditation self-study, and various planning processes, primarily by supplying needed and desired information in appropriate formats. 

• Operate a variety of software packages used for data management and analysis, graphics, and word processing. 

• Learn and apply emerging technologies and advances as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner. 

• Perform related duties as assigned.


Licenses and Certificates

• Depending upon assignment, possession of a valid typing certificate for 60 words per minute may be required.

• Depending upon assignment, possession of a valid license to drive in California may be required.


Physical and Mental Standards

• Mobility: ability to sit for long periods, move about an office, stand occasionally, reach above and below desk level.

• Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes. 

• Lifting: frequent lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 10 pounds. 

• Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently. 

• Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person. 

• Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including some public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.


YCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.