Quantitative Research Analyst

Boulder, CO
Aug 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Quantitative Research Analyst will work with the Director of Strategic Planning & Assessment to ensure the strategic goals set forth by the Senior HDS Leadership are met through robust data collection, measurement, and analysis. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month professional exempt position. The Quantitative Research Analyst will assist with assessment planning, design and implementation of assessment tools, data analysis and reporting. In addition, this position will collaborate on research projects and utilize advanced statistical methods to determine the impact of HDS efforts on student engagement to achieve student success (e.g. GPA, retention and graduation) and other research topics of interest to HDS.

Who we are:

Housing & Dining Services provides services to over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students on the CU Boulder campus. Our 650 full time staff and 1000 student staff strive to provide excellent customer service and to support student success through our programs in residence hall and apartment living, dining services and catering, conference services and child care. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, which includes 22 days of vacation, 15 days of sick leave,10 paid holidays, tuition reimbursement and ECOPass.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Strategic Planning Data Analysis and Reporting
  • Determine metrics necessary for measuring HDS strategic outcomes in support of the goals, and identify/develop valid and reliable instruments needed to collect the necessary measurable data.
  • Conduct analyses on department data using both quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques to measure, track and report progress toward meeting HDS strategic goals.
  • Assist in the preparation of materials, including reports and presentations, to share with a wide range of audiences.
  • Identify key data sets within and outside of the university and interpret their relevance for department policy, programming and strategic goals.
  • Cull relevant research and theory for best, promising and innovative practices to inform and augment department programs and strategic goals.
  • Perform other related duties that support a culture of evidence-informed practice and advance the mission, vision, values and goals of HDS, the Division of Student Affairs and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Research and Assessment
  • Conduct department-wide assessment activities to evaluate programs and services, including:
    • Consultation with HDS units to determine assessment plans
    • Development of valid and reliable assessment tools
    • Data collection, management/cleaning, analysis and reporting
  • Conduct research using advanced statistical methods to determine the impact of HDS efforts on student engagement to achieve student success.
  • Collaborate with other campus units on assessment or research projects.
  • Work with nationally benchmarked data (e.g. EBI, NACUFS, NSSE) to make comparisons between CU Boulder and other research universities nationally.

Training and Professional Development
  • Determine training and professional development needs for HDS units and train staff on aspects of evidence-informed practice, such as:
    • Designing learning objectives and outcomes that align with department, division, and campus strategic goals.
    • Survey design.
    • Focus group facilitation.
    • Data collection and management.
    • Using institutional data sets, such as the Social Climate Survey, NSSE, Admissions survey, etc.
    • Interpreting, presenting, and acting on findings.
  • Prepare reports and information for other staff to use in professional development or training sessions to educate staff on various aspects of their assessment work.
  • This position is supervised by the Director of Strategic Planning & Assessment (#2309). In addition, this position may supervise student employees and/or temporary employees.

What we can offer:

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $63,000-$68,000 commensurate with experience.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What we require:
  • A Master's degree which emphasizes quantitative skills and research methods.
  • Two years of experience working in assessment or research.
  • Extensive training and demonstrated proficiency in assessment and applied research methods, including advanced multivariate statistical techniques, eg. multiple linear regression, logistic regression, latent growth modeling, structural equation modeling, and mixed effects modeling.
  • Advanced skills using Excel, and proficiency with remaining MS Office products.
  • Advanced skills using a statistical software package, such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, or R.
  • Survey design experience and advanced skills using an online survey platform, such as Qualtrics.

Please identify above skills on resume or cover letter.

What you will need:
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Ability to manage data, execute statistical analyses and interpret findings in light of research goals, institutional needs and relevant literatures.
  • Superior writing skills to draft, edit, and produce correspondence, analytic reports and other documents.
  • Ability to present abstract concepts and analyses in a meaningful way to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to make programming and policy recommendations based on assessment findings and relevant research.
  • Ability to organize multifaceted projects and develop accurate timelines for completion.
  • Ability to work effectively with conflicting demands and changing priorities, and to balance strategic department, Division and campus goals.
  • Interpersonal skills to work with a diverse body of students, staff, faculty, administrators and community members.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Three years of experience in assessment or research, preferably in a higher education institution or in a public health, non-profit, or other educational setting.
  • A doctoral-level degree which emphasizes quantitative skills and research methods.
  • Experience conducting qualitative assessments such as focus groups and using a qualitative data analysis software package such as NVivo.
  • Experience working with strategic plans.
  • Experience designing assessment plans, including writing learning and process outcomes, and determining necessary metrics and tools needed for measuring these outcomes.
  • Experience working in/with student housing or student affairs.
  • Familiarity with the EBI (Educational Benchmarking Inc.) and experience with performing additional analyses on the EBI data set.
  • Experience working closely with faculty, students and staff to promote assessment practices and projects, and related professional development.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by August 20, 2017.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at cucareershelp@cu.edu. All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at www.cu.edu/cu-careers:

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-10447.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Business Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10391 - Housing-Administration

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 3, 2017

Closing Date: Aug 20, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: HRESmail@colorado.edu

Position Number: 00736288