Research Associate

Columbia, SC
Apr 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Title Research Associate

Internal Title


Band Unclassified

Requisition Number 011445

Minimum Salary Salary commensurate with qualifications.

Salary Range

Pay Basis 12 months

Department College of Education - Office of Program Evaluation

Campus USC Columbia

Expected Fill Date

Job Posting Date 02-16-2017

Reopen Date

Minimum Posting Period Ends 02-22-2017

Job Close Date

Type of Position
Research Grant

Job Type Full-Time

Job Category Professional/Administrative

If Research Grant/Time Limited, indicate the benefits provided
Health Insurance
Annual Leave
Sick Leave

Job Description
The Research Associate will coordinate and manage projects evaluating special education initiatives. The Research Associate will plan and conduct a variety of research tasks associated with the evaluation plans, including data collection, analysis, and reporting. The Research Associate will coordinate the writing of evaluation summaries and annual reports based on data collection and analysis. In addition, the Research Associate will assist faculty members in organizing, managing, and developing the work of graduate students.
This is a temporary, research grant-funded position with full benefits. The position may be extended beyond the grant period if funds are available. This position is established in support of expanded research activities.


Contributes to project teams on the design and development of methods used to evaluate programs, conduct research studies, and/or support assessment projects. Participates in meetings of research teams and clients and consults with project faculty.

Communicates with external clients regarding data collection activities. This includes scheduling meetings and planning data collection events (e.g., interviews, focus groups, site visits); collecting feedback on data collection instruments in development (e.g., surveys, implementation rubrics); obtaining data needed from clients (e.g., student assessment data, other school data); disseminating and collecting data from online systems (e.g., surveys, rubrics); and other relevant data collection.

Provides leadership in the development and selection of instruments and tools for analysis of educational data. This includes developing survey items, interview and focus group protocols, and rubrics and other measures of implementation and program quality.

Collects data in a variety of formats, including surveys (both in-person and online), web-based document sharing, focus groups, interviews, and other applicable data collection methods. Responsible for data integrity and executing extensive quality assurance and confidentiality procedures. Maintains appropriate documentation

Performs and organizes data analyses including data entry, data management, statistical analysis, and qualitative coding. Uses appropriate software such as SPSS, SAS, Excel, and qualitative analysis software for analyzing data. Maintains documentation of data files and analyses. Responsible for data integrity and executing extensive quality assurance and confidentiality procedures. Maintains appropriate documentation.

Assists one or more faculty members in organizing and managing the work of the graduate students. This includes project coordination and management, delegation of tasks to Research Assistants, review of Research Assistants' work and providing feedback on their work, and offering professional support to develop students' skills.

Writes evaluation and technical reports to summarize methods and results. Also prepares research briefs accessible to a non-technical audience. Uses MS Word, MS Excel, and other software to prepare reports, including creating tables and graphs as well as formatting reports. Reviews narrative written by other team members and provides timely feedback. Schedules timelines for drafting narrative that includes appropriate time for supervisors' review. Presents reports to clients and key stakeholders as requested.

Other duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications
Requires a master's degree in a social science field, and at least two years of work experience in research, evaluation, or program planning. Must have experience using Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to applicants with a background in special education and familiarity with current education issues in South Carolina. Preference will also be given to applicants with one or more of the following qualifications: experience with statistical analysis software, such as SPSS, SAS, or R; experience with qualitative analysis software; experience with web-based data collection and analysis; experience creating user-friendly graphic displays and visual reports.

Documents which must be associated with this posting
Cover Letter
List of References

Special Instructions to Applicants

SOC Code


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