Research Analyst - two positions (2020)

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Research Analyst - two positions (2020)
MiraCosta College

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Type of Assignment:
Assignment Category: Regular Position

Position Details:
Two full-time, exempt research analyst positions, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year. The work schedule for both positions will normally be Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. The persons selected for these positions will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.

Position 1: Research Analyst for the Office of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (RPIE). This position is grant funded through December 2021; continuation of funding beyond December 2021 is not anticipated at this time. This position supports a Strong Workforce project on data use for improved teaching and learning, and reports to the Dean of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.

Position 2: Research Analyst for the Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research. This position is currently grant funded through December 2021. Continued employment in this position is contingent upon availability of funding; grant may be renewed annually for five years. This position is responsible for writing reports, compiling and cleaning data, presenting research, and managing projects related to labor market information, and reports to the Director, Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research.

Salary Range: 30
Compensation: Starting $6,766.92 per month ($81,203 per year) which is range 30, step 1 on the 2020-2021 Classified Salary Schedule.

Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

A full benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages; and membership in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

Position Term in Months: $Term

Application Procedure:
In order to be considered for these positions, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system, finish applying, and receive a confirmation number. Applications submitted by 11:59 PM on Monday, November 2, 2020 will receive first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled.

1. Application on which you list all relevant experience.

2. A letter addressed to the “Screening and Interview Committee” specifically describing how your experience aligns with the “Essential Duties and Responsibilities” listed in this job posting — attach this to the “Other Document” link.

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.

4. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum degree requirements as stated in this job posting. Unofficial transcripts or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

If your qualifying degree(s) is from a college or university anywhere outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials for up to three to four weeks following the closing/first screening date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the persons selected for these positions is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 2) submission of a current tuberculosis clearance certificate; 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 4) fingerprint clearance; and 5) approval by the Board of Trustees.

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

Basic Function:
Design and perform complex quantitative and qualitative research studies, surveys and other analyses to support district institutional planning, assessment of academic quality, policy and practice development and compliance with state and federal reporting requirements; prepare research papers, reports and recommendations; participate in campus dialog regarding utilization of research findings with a broad variety of constituents; participate in the development of research agendas; and perform related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
A Research Analyst is distinguished from a Research Assistant in that an incumbent in the latter class gathers data and prepares reports in response to a wide variety of demographic and other information requests following established practices and procedures. Work performed by a Research Analyst requires a sound knowledge and application of research principles and methodologies, including software used in performing complex statistical analyses.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

1. Design quantitative and qualitative research and study methodologies for a variety of institutional research projects and assignments including studies related to the assessment of district programs and services, equity and student success programs and adult education, academic and career pathways; exercise project responsibility from conceptual design and problem definition/hypothesis development through to data collection, analysis, interpretation and findings.

2. Utilize established, appropriate research methodologies and statistical analysis techniques and perform analyses using sound, up-to-date research practices; identify required data resources; extract, collect and analyze data and information related to academic programs, curriculum, enrollment management, student demographics and outcomes, matriculation, assessment, student and employer surveys and other relevant data; conduct literature reviews.

3. Analyze data for trends and perform statistical analyses; identify patterns in student experience, behavior, outcomes and completion of goals; provide action-based interpretation of patterns and analyses in the form of written reports, oral presentations, graphics, handouts and committee reports; collaborate with various campus constituencies in disseminating research results; facilitate dialog regarding how to interpret results and use research findings in decision-making processes and in the implementation of new and modified programs, policies, practices and systems to effect desired change in outcomes.

4. Verify accuracy, validate definitions, compile and format data from college databases and other sources for submission to state and local entities to meet reporting requirements; generate data sets required for grant applications and reporting.

5. Perform ad hoc queries and create reports from the college databases using a variety of computer languages and query tools.

6. Serve as a resource for faculty, staff and administration groups engaged in systemic review and evaluation of current district practices.

Other Duties:
1. Participate in developing research agendas; guide research efforts to align with institutional priorities and national and state-wide trends in higher education.

2. May serve on or lead various committees and task forces.

3. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:
1. Theories, principles, methods and techniques of institutional and social science research.

2. Professionally accepted research practices applicable to research design, methodology development/selection, data analysis and interpretation and reporting.

3. Principles and practices of survey development, design and dissemination.

4. Theories, principles, methods and techniques of statistical analysis.

5. Statistical analysis software packages.

6. Principles, practices and methods of administrative, organizational and management analysis.

7. Applicable sections of the state education code and other applicable laws.

8. Basic principles, tools and techniques of project planning and management.

9. Data warehousing principles and methods.

10. Principles and practices of sound business communication appropriate to a variety of audiences; correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.

11. Uses and operations of computers and standard business software including word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation applications and query tools and languages.

12. Enterprise software data extraction and query tools.

Ability To:
1. Identify, investigate and define research issues and problems and locate sources of data to meet research needs and requirements, as appropriate to assigned scope of responsibility.

2. Understand, interpret, explain and apply standard research methodologies and techniques.

3. Use interactive analytical statistical software packages efficiently.

4. Operate computers and make advanced functional use of standard business software, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics and database applications.

5. Work collaboratively with department heads, school deans, academic support staff and others to conduct research and study projects.

6. Use specialized software to create survey instruments.

7. Use a database dictionary and understand complex database structures to deliver information in a variety of formats to users of varying levels of skill with computer applications.

8. Learn and apply programming and database tools to provide effective access to and presentation of community college-related information.

9. Present research findings clearly, logically and in a meaningful and understandable form, using a wide variety of modalities.

10. Maintain the confidentiality of information.

11. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

12. Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

13. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

Education & Experience:
To be eligible for these positions, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

- a master’s degree in social science, behavioral sciences, statistics or a related field, and at least three years of progressively responsible experience in social science or institutional research, including responsibility for research design, methodology development and statistical analysis;
- an equivalent combination of training and experience.

NOTE: For work experience, one “year” is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.

Desirable Qualifications:

Licenses & Other Requirements:
A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance program.

Physical Effort:
The physical efforts described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primarily sedentary with intermittent standing, walking, bending and stooping; occasional lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; ability to work at a computer, including repetitive use of computer keyboard, mouse or other control devices; ability to travel to a variety of locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.

Emotional Effort:
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis; ability to work effectively under pressure on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.

Working Conditions:
Primarily business office environment; subject to frequent public contact and interruption; intermittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion; may work at any district location or authorized facility with occasional evenings and/or weekends on an as-needed basis. Occasional local travel may be requested.

Posting Number: S_19/20_055_P
Human Resources Contact Information: [email protected] or 760.795.6854
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
First Screening Date: Applications submitted by 11:59 PM on Monday, November 2, 2020, will receive first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled.

About MiraCosta College
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details, please visit our website at

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Job No:
Posted: 10/15/2020
Application Due: 12/19/2020
Work Type: Full Time