Research Associate

Job description

Job Title: Research Associate
Location: Office of Management Developme
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605119
Workplace Culture

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Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Furlough/Pay Reduction Program

Northern Arizona University has implemented a salary reduction with personal flex time program in fiscal year 2021, as a result of COVID-19. It is possible for this position to be subject to this program. Details can be found on the HR website.

Job Description

The Economic Policy Institute at NAU is a community development and applied research center housed in The W. A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. The Research Associate will support the research activities of the Institute by serving as co-principal investigator and/or research associate in continuous/on-going research projects or in research support. The candidate will have demonstrated proficiencies in conducting economic/demographic analyses (labor market analyses, economic impact studies, etc.) utilizing data management technologies/applications, and preparing presentations/reports. The candidate will also work cooperatively with all of the Institute’s internal units, including the Arizona Hospitality Research and Resource Center (AHRRC), the Rural Policy Institute (RPI), and the Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED).This position generally functions with co-principal responsibilities for a large research projects, and may also be used in other highly technical research areas. This position requires specialized training and expertise, and the willingness to stay current in data analysis packages such as IMPLAN, SPSS, STATA, and SAS. Incumbents may be required to travel to remote locations to perform research experiments. The Research Associate position differs from classified staff research positions in that typically greater education and experience are required, and projects tend to be more complex and wider in scope.

Essential Position Responsibilities:

  • Develops or guides research activities, including data collection, evaluation and analysis.
  • Performs independent research and analysis using advanced methods or procedures.
  • Determines appropriate protocols or adjustments related to the type of experiment being conducted.
  • Performs skilled procedures, tests, or analyses with a high degree of proficiency.
  • Designs or modifies procedures, tests, analyses, or protocols; may design, develop, or fabricate specialized equipment or systems.
  • Analyzes data and writes research reports; may draft materials for publication.
  • Plans and coordinates analysis and other research activity and may contribute to complex analysis of data.
  • Monitors research operating procedures and performs quality control checks to ensure procedures are followed.
  • May direct the work of, mentor, and/or evaluate paid students or other research support resources.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline.
  • 4-6 years of research support experience.
  • A combination of related education, experience, and training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in relevant discipline.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of subject discipline.
  • Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analysis and skill in their application.


  • Technical understanding and proficiency related to conducting relevant research procedures.
  • Skill in leading, coordinating and/or supervising the work of others.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating data.
  • Strong organizational, logistical, written, verbal communication and project management skills.
  • Willingness to engage in field work.
  • Willingness to train staff and/or students.


  • Monitors and coordinates complex research activities with multiple components.
  • Balances competing priorities and makes decisions regarding resource allocation.
  • Organizes data and information and supports analysis; may conduct independent analysis or review.
  • Communicates effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences, including external parties.
  • Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.
  • Acts independently or works cooperatively with faculty in designing research projects, establishing priorities and recommending schedules, time tables, and costs.
  • Can act as co-investigator and/or research associate for research projects or grants.
  • Serves as a liaison with other NAU departments as needed.
  • Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to perform statistical analyses which include selecting appropriate analysis procedure, setting up data for analysis judging validity and reliability of data, designing and writing programs to perform the analyses, and producing written reports on the results.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

December 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 11/18/2020
Application Due: 2/16/2021
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