Research Analyst II

About The Unit: University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (the Consortium) is one of four units of the Urban Education Institute (UEI). The Consortium conducts research of high technical quality that seeks to identify what matters for school improvement and student success. The Consortium seeks to deepen communication among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to encourage the use of research in policy action and improvement of practice. As part of this work, the Consortium has developed surveys of teachers and students that measure critical aspects of schools as organizations. These surveys are an important part of both Consortium research and individual school reports created by UChicago Impact, another UEI unit. Chicago and schools across the country use UChicago Impact reports (called 5Essentials survey reports) to support school improvement efforts.

Unit Job Summary: Position Summary The Research Analyst II will contribute to the design of research studies and evaluation projects on topics related to Chicago's public schools (CPS), the problems they face, and the mechanisms for improvement. He or she will conduct reviews of pertinent literature and will share in disseminating findings in a variety of formats to a wide range of audiences. He or she will document all procedures and methods, and will participate in weekly workshops to review findings and methodological techniques. The Research Analyst II will conduct detailed and complex statistical analyses of quantitative data using multivariate statistical methods including multiple regression, logistic regression, and HLM. He or she will create, maintain, and manipulate large-scale data bases using SAS in a UNIX environment, including ones used by the To&Through Project to support an online tool and research studies on educational attainment. RESPONSIBILITIES - Create specialized data bases by merging multiple, complex data sources, including school-, student-, teacher-, community- and neighborhood-based files. - Conduct data quality control procedures. - Update and create internal processes and data documentation. - Contribute to conceptualizing, designing, and planning research projects, framing research questions and identifying appropriate data and methods. - Conduct statistical analysis of large-scale databases using SAS, including both simple descriptive group comparisons and advanced statistical modeling. - Identify appropriate statistical techniques that will answer different research questions and find ways to interpret the results of analyses. - Create effective displays of findings. - Contribute to the writing of Consortium reports, academic journal articles, and grant proposals. - Communicate and present research findings geared toward a broad audience (scholars, practitioners, policy makers). - Actively participate in organization-wide activities, including serving on committees, attending weekly Consortium-wide meetings, and providing feedback on others' work. - Build external relationships (for example throughout the University, city of Chicago, CPS and nationally). - Participate in collaborative work with other scholars/researchers and with practitioner groups, as well as CPS schools and central office. - Review pertinent literature and writing literature summaries.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in a related social science discipline with 1-3 years work experience required. Master's degree in a related social science discipline with research experience preferred.

Unit Experience: Experience in urban education, education research, policy and practice preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: - Knowledge, and demonstrated use of multivariate statistics required. - Familiarity with statistical software (SAS, SPSS, Stata) required) and the ability to use or learn SAS in a UNIX environment. - Ability to take initiative and a proactive approach to tasks and projects required. - Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently, with supervision, or in collaboration as a team member. - Excellent written and oral communication skills. - Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.