Research Analyst

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Job Title:

Research Analyst

FLSA Status:


Posted Salary Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Employment Status:

Full Time


SDFR Policy Center

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in economics, agribusiness, agriculture law, political science, public policy, public administration, sociology or related field is required;

Purpose of Job:

Research Analyst will be responsible for conducting and coordinating research at Alcorn State University’s Policy Center impacting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers (SDFR) and socially disadvantaged communities.

Scope of Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Director of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (SDFR) Policy Research Center, the Research Analyst conducts and coordinates research studies and associated activities. The person performs duties associated with coordinating, implementing and balancing multiple research studies and projects, conducted by multiple 1890 universities and others. The Research Analyst works with Community Based Organizations (CBO), 1890 universities, the policy analyst and Advisory Board to determine projects that need research and conducts literature reviews to determine the extent to which additional research information is available. The person specializes in research on past Farm Bill legislation, USDA rules, regulations, manuals, handbooks and other policy documents that impact SDFR and socially disadvantaged communities. Conducts research on the implementation of policy and the extent to which SDFR and socially disadvantaged communities receive equitable benefits. Research findings are used to provide information for debates regarding investment priorities in future Farm Bills and other policy documents. In addition to influencing debates regarding funding, the Policy Center provides information to assist USDA programs and other Federal, State, Local and non-governmental organizations (NGO) programs impacting SDFR.

Essential Job Functions :

•Participate in planning, organizing, and coordinating group research efforts.
•Work with the Advisory Board to determine the priority of research projects.
•Collect background research and analysis to support existing projects as well as proposals for new bodies of work, and synthesize research finding to identify and recommend best practices.
•Plan and coordinate the initiation of research study protocol, and the establishment of operating policies and procedures.
•Develop a timeline for research projects to ensure that results are available in time to be used to support policy recommendations and the Farm Bill.
•Monitor the progress of research activities, develop and maintain records of research activities, and prepare periodic and ad hoc reports as required.
•Keep the Policy Center Director informed to enable the Director to keep the Advisory Board informed.
•Work with the policy analyst, Director, and Advisory Board to develop documents needed to support recommended policy.
•Through personal consultation, assist the Policy Center Director, Advisory Boards, committees, and other university leadership and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.
•Research political topics ranging from the U.S. political system to broader political ideologies.
•Collect and analyze information, such as data surveys and focus groups of SDFR and other stakeholders
•Use qualitative and quantitative sources and methodologies to develop and test theories.
•Conduct literature reviews.
•Evaluate how policies affect SDFR, ASU, and other 1890 land-grant colleges and universities.
•Monitor events, policy decisions and trends and other issues with implications for the political and policy landscape.

•Participate in ASU seminars, and workshops for committees, members, and staff.
•Locate and provide information requested by university leadership and staff and Congress.
•Write reports, publish findings and give presentations.
•Compose and distribute office correspondence.
•Coordinate updates to the Policy Center web page.


A PhD in economics, agribusiness, agriculture science, agriculture law, political science, public policy, public administration, sociology or related field is desired; at least 1 year of research experience is required, two to three years of research experience is desired;

Licensing and Certifications :


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

•Applicant must have experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
oKnowledge and experience in working with 1890 universities, CBO and USDA agencies.
oKnowledge and experience in working with SDFR and rural socially disadvantaged communities.
oKnowledge and experience of USDA programs and how they are implemented through rules, regulations, manuals, handbooks, directives and other means.
oAbility to analyze information, summarize findings and present them in ways easily understandable to decision makers.
oDemonstrated ability in collecting, designing and manipulating data using a computer database.
oKnowledge of agricultural policy.
•Ability to conduct and coordinate research projects.
•Strong analytical skills instrumental for the evaluation and interpretation of data collected during research.
•Ability to write well and complete projects under tight deadlines.
•Ability to write in a public policy context.
•Ability to search out sometimes hard-to-find information that will help identify the potential effects of legislation and be able to extract that information into a concise, readable format.
•Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations.
•Ability to lead collaborative research projects.
•Ability to work well in team environment and under pressure.
•Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and experience working with SharePoint and Access would be helpful.
•Ability to think strategically, remaining focused on goals and objectives.
•High level of organization and attention to details.

Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areas:


Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds:


Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds:


Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds:

Not Required

Heavy Work - Exerting 50-100 pounds:

Not Required

Very Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds:

Not Required



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EEO Statement:

EEO Statement:
Alcorn State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or other factors prohibited by law in any of its educational programs, activities, services, admissions, or employment practices. The following offices are designated to handle inquires and/or complaints regarding non-discriminatory policies and procedures of Alcorn State University:
Complaints, inquiries, or specific requests in regard to Title IX and Section 504 directives should be made to: Title IX Office, Walter Washington Administration Bldg., Room 519A, Lorman, MS, 39096, (601) 877-6700.
Complaints, inquiries, or requests in regard to non-discrimination in employment practices should be made to: Human Resources Department, Walter Washington Administration Bldg., Room 107, Lorman, MS, 39096, (601) 877-6188
Questions, complaints, or requests in regard to ADA/ADAAA compliance in employment practices should also be made to the department of human resources.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/12/2021
Application Due: 5/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time