Senior Research and Planning Analyst

Job description

Irvine Valley College


Senior Research and Planning Analyst  

Job Close Date:  09/28/2018


Pay Range:  144, Step 1 is $6,961.00 per month.


Classification Benefits:  The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).


In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at


Under direction of Director, Planning, Research, & Accreditation, or designee, leads, oversees, and participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for planning, conducting, and presenting research and analysis of institutional data related to the development and assessment of College programs, services, activities, and enrollment patterns; designs and executes complex research studies; and provides technical assistance to College staff in the areas of program evaluation, assessment, and analysis.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Research and Planning Analyst series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including the provision of functional and technical supervision over lower level research and planning analysis staff. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and have the demonstrated ability to provide leadership in the design and execution of complex program evaluation.


Minimum Qualifications:    

Knowledge of:

• Advanced research design (quantitative) and statistical analysis methods and procedures and their application to program evaluation, survey research (including sampling designs), and statistical inference and significance.

• Advanced knowledge of longitudinal research and analysis protocols, methods, and database tracking systems.

• Advanced survey design methods and implementation techniques. 

• Advanced project management, data management, and reporting skills.

• Methods and techniques of data collection, coding, extraction and processing, statistical analysis, and reporting.

• Principles of lead supervision and training.

• Office procedures, methods, and equipment including operating characteristics of personal and mainframe computers, peripherals, and a variety of software applications including advanced statistical analysis, word processing, presentation, advanced spreadsheet, and database management applications.

• Principles of database design and maintenance.

• Principles and practices of statistical, and administrative report preparation. 

• Principles of business letter writing and applied research report preparation. 

• Oral and written communication skills.

• Work organization principles and practices.

• English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. 

• Methods and techniques used in public relations.


Ability to:

 Lead, organize, and review the work of staff.

 Independently and demonstrating personal initiative, perform the most difficult research design, analysis, and reporting on large scale research initiatives and program evaluations.

 Identify, evaluate, and solve complex research design and analysis problems. Interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures.

 Analyze requirements, recommend research design and analytical strategies, and execute complex statistical analyses appropriate to program evaluation activities and tasks.

 Design, implement, and maintain longitudinal databases that complement student information systems.

 Write complex and applied reports related to research projects and program evaluations that demonstrate the ability to appropriately analyze statistical data and develop sound, logical conclusions and recommendations.

 Develop, implement, and complete comprehensive research projects and program evaluations within specific deadlines.

 Present and explain technical information in understandable terms.

 Understand the organization and operation of the assigned program area as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.

 Understand, interpret, and apply administrative and office policies and procedures as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and ordinances.

 Plan and organize work and the work of assigned employees to meet deadlines and changing priorities and timeframes.

 Operate office equipment including personal and mainframe computers, peripherals, and supporting applications including advanced spreadsheet and database management systems used in data analysis, maintenance, and report preparation.

 Utilize sophisticated survey development and data processing equipment and software. 

 Develop and implement online survey tools.

 Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.

 Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person.

 Work well in team situations and collaborate effectively with diverse groups of people.

 Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.

 Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

 Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and Experience Guidelines:    

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



Equivalent to a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in social sciences, education, or a related field.



Three years of increasingly responsible research analysis and program evaluation experience including experience in the collection, analysis, reporting, and presentation of research data.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER




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Job No:
Posted: 9/14/2018
Application Due: 9/28/2018
Work Type:
Salary: $6,961.00 per month.