Staff - Qualitative Researcher

Pecan Plaza
Sep 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Statement of Job:

The Qualitative Researcher manages the design, administration, data-collection, analysis, reporting, and presentation of qualitative institutional research studies in order to provide timely data for decision-making and evaluation of college and departmental effectiveness. Supervises Institutional Research Analyst(s) (qualitative) and Survey Research Facilitator(s).


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

1.  Identifies qualitative research needs.

2.  Designs and conducts qualitative institutional research studies, including the supervision of data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting processes.

3.  Develops recommendations for planning and continuous quality improvement of both outcomes and processes based on qualitative research findings in support of institutional effectiveness.

4.  Provides customized research reports and effectively communicates the results in a variety of formats.

5.  Prepares and gives presentations about research findings to internal and external stakeholders.

6.  Assists other members of the Research and Analytical Services department in the establishment of a comprehensive research agenda that supports all areas of the institution.

7.  Develops and maintains effective working relationships with employees of all divisions throughout the college; functions effectively as a team player.

8.  Supervises Institutional Research Analyst(s) (qualitative) and Survey Research Facilitator(s).

9.  Designs and validates effective survey instruments.

10.  Serves on the Institutional Review Board to provide professional consultation related to human subjects research.

11.  Performs other duties as needed.


Required Education and Experience:

1.  Master’s Degree with coursework in qualitative or mixed-methods research methodology required; Doctoral Degree preferred.

2.  At least two (2) years of work experience in qualitative or mixed-methods research required, preferably in a higher education environment.

3.  Experience with developing research studies, developing and validating data collection instruments, conducting interviews and focus groups, and analyzing qualitative data using coding software required.


Checks, Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:

1.  All applicants are subject to a national criminal background check under South Texas College policy.

2.  Must have a valid Texas driver’s license and proof of liability insurance.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1.  Excellent oral, written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.

2.  Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office including, but not limited to, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, the Windows environment, and internet research skills.

3.  Expertise with qualitative data analysis software.

4.  Excellent analytical skills.

5.  The ability to work independently with little direction as well as effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

6.  Strong commitment to quality and objectivity.

7.  Ability to prioritize, organize, and complete multiple tasks with attention to detail, within stated deadlines.

8.  Ability to adapt to constant change and periods of fast-paced, high-intensity work situations.

9.  Ability to work evenings and/or weekends as needed; willing to travel throughout the college district using own means of reliable transportation.

10.  Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse, multi-cultural college population.

11.  Demonstrated commitment to achieving the vision and mission of South Texas College.

12.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

13.  Ability to write research reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

14.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from administrators, faculty and staff.

15.  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

16.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Physical Requirements:

1.  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

2.  Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.

3.  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.

4.  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

5.  Have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.

6.  Mobility to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.


Working Environment:

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

South Texas College is an equal education and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. As an equal education institution and equal opportunity employer, the College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. Discrimination is prohibited and the College will comply with all applicable College policies, and state and federal legislation. This policy extends to individuals seeking employment with and admission to the College.

Title IX Statement:

Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. s1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX), “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”