Senior Research Analyst

Job description

Senior Research Analyst

Mt. San Antonio College

Job Category: Classified Unit A

Employee Group:

Time (Percent Time): 100%

Term (months/year): 12 months/year

Current Work Schedule (days, hours): Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Salary Range: A-124

Salary: Steps 1 - 6, $6,766 - $8,636 per month

Shift Differential:

Health & Welfare: College contributes $10,946 toward annual premium for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. Lifetime retirement benefits provided for eligible retirees. The District participates in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) retirement programs, and MetLife Social Security Alternative Plan. *Note Salary and Health & Welfare Benefits are subject to change

Department: Research & Institutional Effectiveness

Open Date: 02/06/2019

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Basic Function/Overview:
DEFINITION - Under the direction of the Director of Research & Institutional Effectiveness, independently perform a variety of advanced level professional activities involved in the research, collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of data and statistics to support institutional planning issues, decision-making, program planning and other measures of institutional effectiveness.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED - Receives general direction from the Director, Research and Institutional Effectiveness. Exercises no direct supervision of staff. May provide technical and functional direction and training to hourly staff and student workers.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS - This is the advanced journey-level in the Research Analyst classification series and is distinguished from the Research Analyst position in that the Senior Research Analyst leads, designs, and conducts all levels of research projects in the Research & Institutional Effectiveness Department. The incumbent provides guidance and lead work direction to lower level research staff and provides suggestions to the Director of Research & Institutional Effectiveness regarding the operation of the unit and how to improve efficiencies.

Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities:

1. Independently plan/coordinate/conduct a variety of specialized professional activities involved in the research, collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of data and statistics to provide information and assistance for institutional planning issues, decision-making and program planning.
2. Respond to and evaluate ad hoc requests for data, statistical analysis, research projects and studies; prepare requests for processing; arrange and maintain project schedules and timelines; design strategies to complete assignments; analyze and compare a variety of data solutions; make team project recommendations to the Director.
3. Assist Director to evaluate and respond to requests for complex or original research support from within and outside the District; works independently with requestors to clarify their needs and optimize the utility of research results.
4. Design, develop and conduct advanced institutional research projects and activities to support external/internal accountability mandates in areas such as instructional and service performance, program review, enrollment management, matriculation, outcome assessment, student assessment exam instrument validation, evaluations, and staff development.
5. Write research reports containing descriptive, analytical, and evaluative content including the preparation of conclusions and forecasts based on data summaries and other findings;
6. Prepare a variety of narrative and statistical records, reports and files related to institutional planning, research projects, data analysis, findings, conclusions, decision-making and assigned activities; design and produce related charts, tables and graphs.
7. Provide technical support, assistance and training to staff, faculty, administrators and others concerning institutional effectiveness and related data and statistics; respond to inquiries and provide technical information concerning related projects, reports, research, practices, policies and procedures.
8. Review, analyze and arrange data according to project and study specifications and requirements; evaluate data acquisition processes and resources to assure accuracy and completeness; prepare statistics, research data and reports for distribution and disseminate to appropriate personnel.
9. Collaborate with staff, faculty and administrators in the design, development and implementation of research projects; advise personnel and others concerning valid research design and data collection, appropriate use of data and research results in generating recommendations.
10. Assist College staff with conducting special research projects in classrooms or labs.
11. Assist Information Technology with the maintenance of specialized databases and information systems such as the data warehouse for enhancement in order to facilitate research and planning activities
12. Manage the input and coding of a variety of data and information into an assigned computer system including but not limited to queries, extractions and manipulation of computerized data, records and reports for use in projects, studies and analysis
13. Develop and implement analysis plans for complex data sets; examine and integrate information from various sources and of variable quality; provide insights based on systematic assessment of qualitative and quantitative data; evaluate regular research operations routinely to recommend strategies for improvement
14. Communicate with personnel and various outside agencies to exchange information and resolve issues or concerns
15. Attend and participate in various campus-wide meetings as assigned to serve as a liaison for the Research Office.
16. Provide conceptual ideas from research perspectives and supply data evidence assisting with decision-making
17. Prepare and deliver oral presentations concerning study and project data, findings, and related reports
18. Develop, maintain, organize and utilize extensive data files/databases using various computer platforms and software (e.g., database, spreadsheet, and statistical)
19. Plan, develop and implement techniques to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of data collection, research, and reporting activities
20. Work collaboratively with various campus units to stay abreast of reporting needs and comply with federal and state reporting requirements

Other Duties:

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:

1. Principles, practices, procedures and techniques involved in the research, collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of statistical data
2. Computerized data collection, management, manipulation and distribution requirements for analysis and reporting functions
3. Principles, methods and procedures of operating computers and peripheral equipment Record retrieval and storage systems
4. Qualitative and quantitative analysis, and longitudinal and program evaluation studies
5. Statistical procedures related to sampling, correlation analysis, projections and other quantitative measures applied to education research and design
6. Survey, study, data collection and research project design, instruments, techniques and methodology
7. Report writing and statistical record-keeping techniques Data verification and clean-up procedures
8. Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
9. Effective oral and written communication skills Statistical and mathematical computations
10. Issues and current trends in higher education, particularly as they apply to California Community Colleges;
11. Principles of student learning outcomes and general education outcomes Principles, practices and procedures of educational measurement

Skills and Abilities:

1. Lead a variety of specialized professional activities involved in the research, collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of data and statistics to provide information and assistance for institutional planning issues, decision-making and program planning
2. Apply advanced knowledge and skills in conducting institutional research and analysis projects and activities
3. Plan, design, manage and implement complex research projects independently Maintain the confidentiality of information
4. Plan, organize and prioritize tasks
5. Review and monitor routines of data extraction; diagnose and modify techniques and procedures to ensure data integrity and relevance
6. Provide technical assistance/training concerning institutional effectiveness and related data and statistics
7. Review, analyze and arrange data according to project and study specifications and requirements Utilize a computer to input data, create queries, extract and manipulate information, generate links to data and produce a variety of computerized data, records and reports
8. Develop and generate tables and graphics to enhance data presentation and reporting Design, develop and implement research project surveys, instruments and methodologies Type or input data at an acceptable rate of speed
9. Write clear, comprehensive, and effective reports Anaylze and interpret findings
10. Prepare a variety of narrative and statistical lists, records and reports
11. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others Work independently with little direction
12. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing Meet schedules and timelines
13. Operate a variety of office equipment including a copier, fax machine, scanner and computer Perform accurate mathematical and statistical calculations

Minimum Qualifications/Education & Experience:

Any combination equivalent to: bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in mathematics, computer science, business administration, behavioral science or related field and three (3) full-time equivalent years progressively responsible experience involving statistical research and analysis including work with computer databases and software applications at a professional level.


Preferred Qualifications:

1. Direct experience in institutional research preferred.
2. SQL Developer and programming in SQL.
3. Master’s degree in a related field from a regionally accredited college or university. Research experience related to enrollment management and guided pathways.

License(s) & Other Requirements:
The incumbent may periodically be required to travel to a variety of locations. If operating a vehicle, employees must have the ability to secure and maintain a valid California driver’s license.

Working Environment:
Incumbents work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Incumbents may interact with staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Physical Demands:
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone; may be required to operate a motor vehicle to visit various District and meeting sites. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Incumbents in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Incumbents must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 20 pounds.


Instructions re: Confidential Letter of Recommendation:

Conditions of Employment:

Official offers of employment are made by Mt. San Antonio College Human Resources and are made contingent upon Board approval. It is also required that a final offer of employment will only be made after the candidate has successfully been live-scanned and clearance for employment is authorized by Human Resources. Costs for live-scan services shall be borne by the candidate.

Notice to all prospective employees - The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Administrative Procedure 3518, titled Child Abuse Reporting, as a condition of employment.

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Mt. San Antonio Community College Annual Security Report is available here:

The person holding this position is considered a ‘Responsible Employee’ under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 and is required to report to the College’s Title IX Coordinator all relevant details reported to him or her about an incident of alleged sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking.

Examination Requirements:

Typing Certificate Requirements:

Application Procedure:

Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; however, those submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on March 4, 2019, are assured consideration.
Applicants must submit all of the following materials online at to be considered for this position:
1. A Mt. San Antonio College online application.
2. A cover letter describing how the applicant meets the required education and experience.
3. A detailed résumé that summarizes educational preparation and professional experience for the position.
4. Two (2) letters of recommendation that reflect relevant experience (do not use social media or professional networks as a means to provide letters of recommendation).
4. College and/or university transcripts showing the awarded/conferred degree (if applicable) are required and must be submitted with the online application by all applicants, including current or former employees of the college, to demonstrate that the required educational qualifications are met. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application; however, copies of diplomas are not accepted in lieu of transcripts.

Special Notes:

Please note: A confirmation number will be assigned when your application packet indicates the supplemental questions have been answered and a document has been attached to each required link. Assistance with the online application process is available through Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail: [email protected].

DO NOT include photographs or any personal information (e.g. D.O.B, place of birth, etc.) on your application or supporting documents.

TRAVEL POLICY: Costs associated with travel in excess of 150 miles one way from residence for the purpose of an interview will be reimbursed up to a $500 maximum (per position recruitment). Relocation costs will be borne by the successful candidate. Travel reimbursement claims must be submitted no later than 30 days following the interview date.

Foreign Transcripts:

Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.


Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail: [email protected].

Selection Procedure:
A committee will evaluate applications, taking into account breadth and depth of relevant education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview. Interviews may include a writing sample, committee presentation, and/or performance test. The start date will be following Board approval and receipt of live scan clearance.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be guaranteed consideration, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received before the initial screening date and time indicated on the job posting. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. All application materials will become College property, will not be returned, and will not be copied. Please visit our employment website at to complete and submit your application for this position.

Letters of Recommendation
Confidential letters of recommendation are not accepted for this position. All letters of recommendation must be uploaded to the application.

EEO Policy:
The College is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the College is to encourage applications from ethnic and racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans. No person shall be denied employment because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex (gender), age, sexual orientation, or the perception that a person has one or more of these characteristics.

Conflict of Interest:
Conflict of Interest

Cancel RTF Policy:
We reserve the right to reopen, re-advertise, delay, or cancel filling this position.

To apply, visit:

Copyright ©2017 Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency





Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 2/11/2019
Application Due: 12/30/2019
Work Type: