Research Analyst

Research Analyst

MiraCosta College

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Discipline or Department: Institutional Research

Position Type: Staff/Classified

Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary: Starting $5,879.50 per month

Working Hours: One regular, full-time, categorically funded position, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year, on the Oceanside campus. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district or authorized facility during any hours of operation.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Apply and submit application materials through MiraCosta College's online application system at Once you're in the system, we strongly advise you to read the information on "How to Apply" and the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.

Complete application packets submitted through the online system by Friday, July 28, 2017, will be included in the first screening. Additional applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

In order to be considered for this position, the following must be submitted:

1. Application for classified employment on which you list all relevant experience.

2. A cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" specifically describing how you meet the desirable qualifications and the representative duties.

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.

4. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated above. Unofficial or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

If your degree(s) is from a college or university anywhere outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

NOTE: Do not submit any additional documents as they will be removed.

NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will eventually be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answers will appear toward the bottom of the application form.

- MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. Describe your own commitment to diversity and how you will meet the minimum qualifications of "sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic background of community college students." The screening and interview committee will review application materials three to four weeks following the first screening date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon the following: successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; proof of eligibility to work in the United States; fingerprint clearance; and Board of Trustees approval.

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

Basic Function and Other Details:
Under general direction, design and perform complex quantitative and qualitative research studies, surveys and other analyses to support district institutional planning, assessment of academic quality, policy and practice development and compliance with state and federal reporting requirements; prepare research papers, reports and recommendations; participate in campus dialog regarding utilization of research findings with a broad variety of constituents; participate in the development of research agendas; and perform related duties as assigned. Areas of assignment may include district research, student success and equity, non-credit and career technical education.

Representative Duties:
(E = essential job function)

1. Design quantitative and qualitative research and study methodologies for a variety of institutional research projects and assignments including studies related to the assessment of district programs and services, equity and student success programs and adult education, academic and career pathways; exercise project responsibility from conceptual design and problem definition/hypothesis development through to data collection, analysis, interpretation and findings. (E)

2. Utilize established, appropriate research methodologies and statistical analysis techniques and perform analyses using sound, up-to-date research practices; identify required data resources; extract, collect and analyze data and information related to academic programs, curriculum, enrollment management, student demographics and outcomes, matriculation, assessment, student and employer surveys and other relevant data; conduct literature reviews. (E)

3. Analyze data for trends and perform statistical analyses; identify patterns in student experience, behavior, outcomes and completion of goals; provide action-based interpretation of patterns and analyses in the form of written reports, oral presentations, graphics, handouts and committee reports; collaborate with various campus constituencies in disseminating research results; facilitate dialog regarding how to interpret results and use research findings in decision-making processes and in the implementation of new and modified programs, policies, practices and systems to effect desired change in outcomes. (E)

4. Verify accuracy, validate definitions, compile and format data from college databases and other sources for submission to state and local entities to meet reporting requirements; generate data sets required for grant applications and reporting. (E)

5. Perform ad hoc queries and create reports from the college databases using a variety of computer languages and query tools. (E)

6. Serve as a resource for faculty, staff and administration groups engaged in systemic review and evaluation of current district practices. (E)

7. Participate in developing research agendas; guide research efforts to align with institutional priorities and national and statewide trends in higher education.

8. May serve on or lead various committees and task forces.

9. Perform related duties as assigned.

Type of Benefits:
A full benefit package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages; and membership in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

Minimum Qualifications:
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. A bachelor's degree or the equivalent; AND

2. Two years of professional experience. (IMPORTANT: For work experience, a "year" is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.)

Knowledge of research design, methodology development or statistical analysis obtained through either degree coursework or professional experience.

(To view MiraCosta College's equivalency guidelines for classified positions go to

Desirable Qualifications:
1. A master's degree.

Licenses and Other Requirements: A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district's vehicle insurance program.

Closing Date:

First Screening Date: Friday, July 28, 2017

Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854

About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.

MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.

The district consists of three campus sites and a robust online education program. The Oceanside Campus, serving about 12,000 credit students, has been located since 1964 on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains. The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, on 48 acres below the bluffs overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve. The San Elijo Campus opened in September 1988, and now attracts about 3,000 credit students. The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 4,000 students in the college's noncredit classes including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes as well as some college credit classes.