Research and Assessment Analyst - Office of Minority Student Affairs (A1700334)

Champaign, IL
Jun 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Office of Minority Student Affairs

University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications for the position of Research and Assessment Analyst. As a new position, the Research and Assessment Analyst will join a team of professionals making transformative moves to improve the retention, success, and graduation of undergraduate students, particularly students among unique populations (e.g. first-generation, historically underrepresented minorities (URMs), low-income, and/or academically underperforming, etc.). Utilizing experience and expertise in both qualitative and quantitative analyses, the Research and Assessment Analyst will take the lead role in the development of research and assessment within OMSA, and analyze the impact of the retention and student success services and programs that the office offers. Anchored in campus and department strategic plans, OMSA is enhancing our ability to ensure assessment and interpretation of data and research.

We invite highly capable, innovative, and results-oriented candidates to apply for this great opportunity.

Primary Position Function/Summary:

The Research and Assessment Analyst will be responsible for the department's research, assessment, and evaluation initiatives. Using expertise in qualitative and quantitative research and data collection, the position will conceptualize and implement empirical research that analyzes the impact of the department's academic and student support services. This position will be expected to illustrate the value of the department's services related to student retention, persistence, and graduation. Working collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders is essential and contribution to literature in the field of student success and retention is expected.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lead departmental assessment, evaluation, and research efforts.
  • Participate in the development of research assessments and evaluation priorities and activities for OMSA.
  • Propose uniform standards and practices for research, assessment, and evaluation across the department.
  • Implement research and assessment projects to determine the impact, and value of intervention services.
  • Gather, analyze, and compare datasets to predict and understand success factors of current and future department services and programs.
  • Lead efforts to support OMSA staff as they develop and conduct assessment and research projects.
  • Design and present research proposals for department units.
  • Write research findings and submit manuscripts to scholarly journals.
  • Present research to stakeholders and at professional conferences.
  • Ensure integrity of data collection and complete IRB processes
  • Remain current on empirical literature about retention and student success, as well as Student Affairs assessment practices and findings.
  • Train and supervise graduate student employees.
  • Participate in grant writing activities.
  • Help construct a proper measurement and evaluation system for all learning outcomes.
  • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned.

Required Education: Master's degree required from a social science field, with an emphasis on research and assessment.

Preferred Education: Doctorate, with an emphasis on research and assessment, in the fields of education, psychology, or the social sciences preferred.

Required Experience:

Minimum two years of experience research/assessment design and methods, including strong skills in data analysis and use of databases. Strong skills and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research (methodological design, instrument selection, statistical analysis, results interpretation). Must have prior experience leading research, assessment, or evaluation activities.

Preferred Experience:

Familiarity with student affairs/higher education assessment philosophies and practices is highly desired. Prior experience working with first-generation, low-income, TRIO, U.S. historically-underrepresented students is highly desired. Prior experience leading empirical research and publishing findings in refereed journals is highly desired.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of research methodologies and IRB procedures. Knowledge of student success, student learning, and research literatures. Knowledge of education issues, barriers, trends, and/or research related to student success. Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Ability to think critically, creatively, and to work with a minimum of supervision.

Background Checks

This is a security-sensitive position. The chosen candidate is required to pass an extensive criminal background check prior to starting the position.

Appointment Status: This is a 12-month, full-time Academic Professional position.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Application Procedures

Please complete your application profile at and upload: (1) cover letter addressing qualifications, experiences, and how you comply with requirements; (2) a resume with specific month and year for dates of employment; and (3) contact information, including relationship to applicant, for three references. Submission of materials in one PDF document is desired but not required. Evidence of degree will be required prior to first day of employment.

Incomplete materials will not be considered. Applications may be reviewed and interviews may occur immediately but will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. To ensure full consideration, submit your completed materials by June 25, 2017; no appointments will be made prior to this date. Faxes, mail, or hand-deliveries will not be accepted

For additional information regarding the application procedures, please contact:

Office of Minority Student Affairs

Human Resources

217-333-0054 (phone)

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Student Affairs
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research and Assessment Analyst - Office of Minority Student Affairs (A1700334)
Open Date: 06/01/2017
Close Date: 06/25/2017
Organization Name: Ofc Minority Std Aff


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