Research Analyst I

Job Description

The individual in this position will provide organizational, programmatic, and research support to the Institute of Public Policy with specific responsibilities in policy analysis, project management, evaluation research, writing, and outreach, as assigned.

Organizational Support:
•Monitor opportunities for grants and related programs.
•Assist in developing grant and contract proposals.
•Collect and organize data for long term data analysis projects related to specific public policy issues as requested.
•Support grants and public service activities of the Institute.
•Provide project management for Institute research agenda, contracts and grants, as assigned.
•Work with senior staff to supervise GRAs (monitor workflow, develop work projects, ensure effective use of time, assess job performance, etc.).
•Assist in (paper and electronic) product dissemination, including preparation and management of the IPP website.
•Represent the Institute at public and professional meetings.
•Participate in Institute planning, management and evaluation activities.
•Work with staff and funders to implement grant-funded evaluation and research projects.

Research Support:
•Collect, manage and analyze primary and secondary datasets to support research projects.
•Conduct quantitative analyses using statistical software applications to support research projects.
•Work with grantors and IPP staff to refine and implement grant-funded research.
•Support and conduct qualitative analyses, including focus groups, interviews and literature reviews.
•Develop charts, tables, graphs, and spreadsheets to support research projects, presentations, public service projects, and research requests.
•Support the development of interview and evaluation protocols and related research instruments.
•Support evaluation research through training, the design of evaluation tools and related activities.
•Pursue research training and professional development opportunities to enhance individual and team performance.

Writing and Outreach Support:
•Author or assist in the writing of manuscripts, fact sheets, issue briefs, data digests, and other materials as assigned.
•Edit IPP reports for distribution and web publication.
•Edit academic articles for distribution and web publication, in consultation with the author(s).


Mandatory Qualifications:
•Graduate degree in public affairs, economics, sociology, political science, public health or related field.
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•Strong analytic skills.
•Adept with Microsoft Office, statistical analysis, and data presentation.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Experience in state or local government, policy analysis, or research project management.
•Prefer strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently and creatively.


Commensurate with education and experience.

Application Materials

To apply use the online application. Merge a cover letter, CV and list of three to four references with names and contact information into one document. Upload that document in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

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