Research Analyst

Job description

Research Analyst

Salary: $75,981.00 - $101,793.00 Annually
Job Type: Classified - Full-time
Job Number: 5826-c-08/20
Closing: 8/28/2019 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Visalia, CA
Department: Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

General Description
Under the direction of the Dean of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, the Research Analyst performs a wide variety of research, assessment, evaluation, and planning tasks that support the District's mission This position is categorically funded through the Student Equity Program. Initial salary placement for this positon will be $75,981.

College of the Sequoias Community College District serves a diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. COS provides a wide range of opportunities in transfer, general education, career and technical programs for our students. We are dedicated to recruiting employees who are committed to helping a diverse population of students achieve their educational goals. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding and commitment to the community college mission, and who have a passion for student success.

Job Duties
Job duties of the Research Analyst include:

  • Independently plans designs, coordinates, implements, monitors, and disseminates research, assessment and evaluation studies/data reports in support of the District's decision-making, planning activities, program review, outcomes and assessment cycle, enrollment management, grant requirements, mandated reporting requirements, accreditation needs, ad-hoc requests, and other measures of institutional effectiveness.
  • Conducts research, assessment and evaluation studies connected with student equity, basic skills and related student success, persistence, retention, completion, transfer and other student success outcomes.
  • Implements research, assessment and evaluation studies, including coordinating analyses and tabulation of results. Evaluates data using a variety of appropriate software applications for data analysis, data management, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, and word processing used in social science research (such as Survey Monkey, SPSS, Crystal Reports, Tableau, Power BI, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • May conduct research, assessment and evaluation studies for other instructional and non-instructional programs and services, as needed.
  • Creates, updates and maintains informational and publicity-oriented publications/documents including Annual FactBook, FactSheet and Guidebook.
  • Coordinates with external agencies and organizations including, but not limited to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS), the National Student Clearinghouse and the California Community College Chancellor's Office to complete student tracking and outcome analyses and meet reporting requirements.
  • Researches and identifies sources of data for assigned projects. Gathers, compiles, verifies, analyzes, and correlates information and presents data in graphic, tabular, written, and oral forms.
  • Communicates with appropriate internal and external users in compilation, analysis, and interpretation of data.
  • Provides technical support regarding research design, survey development, and test validation.
  • Responds to data/research requests or questions for information regarding research-related activities.
  • Assists with the training of employees and/or assistants.
  • Identifies and extracts a variety of requested data from Banner, the COS Data Warehouse, College Extended Information System (CEIS), learning assessment and planning management system, and State and national/federal electronic/online data sources, and supports the District's efforts to ensure data integrity.
  • Administers previously developed survey instruments/questionnaires through online methods and Scantron, gathering, summarizing, and distributing results.
  • Compiles and reports the results of Student Evaluations regarding Faculty Instruction.
  • Collects, compiles and secures confidential records and reports.
  • Updates and maintains information on the District's active Institutional Research (IR) Calendar for the Office of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.
  • Creates and maintains log and documentation for generated data.
  • Participates in and serves on committees/workgroups/taskforces.
  • Attends meetings, workshops and conferences as assigned.
  • Performs clerical support duties related to the Office of Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness and the Office of the President.
  • Will utilize integrated software in performing the required duties of the position.
  • Conducts special projects and performs other related duties as assigned/required.

Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience):

Any combination equivalent to:
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, economics, sociology, statistics, educational psychology, education research, computer sciences, management information systems, engineering, information technology or a related field.
  • Two years of increasingly responsible experience in the collection, analysis, reporting, and presentation of research, assessment and evaluation data.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications
  • A Master's degree is desirable

Working Conditions:
  • Indoor/Office environment
  • Constant interruptions

Physical Abilities:
  • Ability to operate a computer and office equipment
  • Ability to travel to meetings and events
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to communicate with students/employees/public in person or on the telephone
  • Ability to read various materials

Knowledge and Abilities
The hiring committee is seeking evidence of the following:
Knowledge of:
  • Research, assessment and evaluation theory, design, methodology, survey sampling and analytical techniques.
  • Education trends, practices, and policies, specifically as they pertain to community colleges
  • Data collection and coding
  • Technical research report writing.
  • Research and analytical software applications and tools for data extraction, analysis, data management, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, and word processing software applications (such as Survey Monkey, Banner, Crystal Reports, SPSS (Statistical Package Social Science), Tableau, Power BI, Access, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analyses techniques.
  • Inferential and descriptive statistics.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Telephone techniques and etiquette.

Ability to:
  • Demonstrate evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of college students, staff and the community.
  • Read, analyze and interpret policy documents/reports.
  • Present information orally to individuals and small groups and to respond to common inquiries.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Operate a variety of office machines including computer terminal, Scantron, scanner, fax machine, copier and other office equipment.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships/partnerships with others - both inside and outside the District
  • Conduct research, collect, compile, assemble and report a variety of data and information used for analysis of institutional planning issues, decision-making, trend monitoring, reports and publications.
  • Perform appropriate data analyses (both quantitative and qualitative) and interpret results and findings.
  • Review and verify input and output data to assure accuracy and efficiency, effectiveness and validity.
  • Gather, validate, and interpret data from a wide variety of sources, including literature and online/Internet searches.
  • Establish priorities, plan, and organize a variety of work assignments.
  • Work accurately and independently with minimal supervision while meeting schedules and timelines.
  • Establish and maintain comprehensive and accurate files and records, prepare concise and complete reports.
  • Maintain confidentiality when dealing with sensitive and privileged material and information.
  • Learn new ideas, procedures, processes, and computer software quickly and independently.
  • Show willingness to participate in cross-training activities; ability to learn quickly and retain new information.

Application Procedure
To be considered for this position, applicants must submit:
  • An online job application.
  • Letter of interest, which addresses how the applicant's experience and/or education enables him/her to be able to perform the job duties.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts of all college/university work. Official transcripts required upon employment.

Full-time classified employees enjoy a number of benefits while working at the College of the Sequoias. These benefits include:

01 Describe an experience that demonstrates evidence of your sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of college students, staff and the community at large.
02 Describe how you meet the requirement of two years of increasingly responsible experience in the collection, analysis, reporting, and presentation of research, assessment and evaluation data.

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COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The College of the Sequoias Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the District's policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity and are not subject to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, gender, color, language, accent, citizenship status, ancestry national origin, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, parental status, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability or medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics.

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Posted: 8/15/2019
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