Sr. Research Associate

Washington D.C.
Oct 16, 2018
Institution Type
Other Organizations

Summary: Supports the research activities of Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute by leading program evaluation activities with an emphasis (.5 FTE) on a major UNCF Scholarship program. Conducts research from conception to completion that is aligned with UNCF and FDPRI’s core mission; collects, analyzes, interprets, and presents quantitative information; advises on results and findings and makes recommendations for policy, program, and fundraising decision-making. Assists with the management of administrative and operative activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Design and conduct comprehensive evaluation activities associated with the UNCF-Koch Scholars Program, which includes survey development and administration, conducting focus groups, assessing online curricula, analyzing and writing evaluation reports, among other tasks. Other duties include drafting and editing donor reports, collecting and analyzing data in support of program activities and demonstrating the program’s effectiveness through data.

Design surveys and conduct studies to provide up-to-date data and information on historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, UNCF’s scholarship and internship programs, and policy-related issues of relevance to UNCF’s mission;

Support the capacity of UNCF divisions, field offices, member colleges and universities to understand and position various report findings;

Support the Scholarships and Programs Division by assisting with database design, analyses of and reporting on impacts of scholarship and internship programs;

Provide expert consultation and collaborate on solving problems arising from UNCF policy concerns;

Manage databases of the FDPRI to support various research studies required by the divisions, field offices, and member institutions.

Manage research partners and oversee research implementation as relevant to programmatic learning agendas.

Assist in the creation and mainstreaming of best practice resources, where appropriate.

Assist in the development of proposals, donor reports and project budgets for FDPRI.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position will periodically supervise interns


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data analyses;
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities.
  • Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism - Reacts well under pressure; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity - Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
Master's degree required in the areas of Educational policy, (preferably in higher education), Educational psychology, Educational Administration or related field and at least two to four years of data management and/or institutional research experience. Doctoral degree (PhD, or Ed.D) degree preferred.

Language Skills:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers. Ability to write articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:
Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Statistical software such as SPSS, or SAS.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Ability to organize and manage information resources; extensive knowledge of research methodology, data analysis, and program evaluation using qualitative and quantitative techniques; ability to analyze and interpret research data; and ability to juggle/prioritize multiple tasks.
Other Qualifications:
Expertise in higher education research.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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