Associate Director of Research

Indianapolis, Indiana
Jun 03, 2021
Institution Type
Other Organizations

Job Function:

  • Collaborate with the Director of Research for Data Management to develop and manage NCAA research data collections, including those related to the finances of higher education and college athletics.
  • Contribute to turning research on higher education finances and/or other topics into policy through analysis, report writing and presentation.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee NCAA research data collections and cleaning as assigned by the Director of Research for Data Management.
  • Clean, restructure and document data collected from NCAA member institutions or external sources.
  • Perform statistical analyses of the data, as needed. Facilitate publication of reports, searchable databases and other data visualization tools.
  • Create supplemental committee reports and presentations from the data, and present findings as needed.
  • Develop methods to create infographics and searchable or interactive databases.
  • Create and manage revisions to interactive databases related to topics such as sport participation/sponsorship, participant and administrative demographics, finances and academic performance.
  • Provide data for use in social media and web postings. Work with other NCAA staff to update and enhance data collection forms and data reporting tools.
  • Conduct ad-hoc data or policy analysis projects as assigned by the Director of Research for Data Management or Principal Research Scientist.
  • Conduct appropriate statistical analyses. Write executive summaries, research reports and generate infographics based on findings.
  • Present findings to staff, committees and other groups as required.
  • Work with external vendors and consultants to obtain external data that enhance the ability of staff to respond to membership research needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required; Advanced Degree Preferred.
  • Master’s degree in psychology, education, finance, economics or related field, with strong statistics and data management skills.
  • Doctorate degree in psychology, education, finance, economics or related field preferred.
  • Experience collecting, cleaning and analyzing large-scale social science, education or business-related research data.
  • Ability to manage large sets of data using statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS or STATA.
  • Advanced knowledge of statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS or STATA) and database management techniques preferred.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft software such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Access.
  • Working knowledge of: Database management techniques and languages (e.g., SQL).
  • Research design, including survey and scale design techniques.
  • Descriptive and inferential statistical procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong organizational skills and detail orientation.
  • Willingness to take on a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities.
  • Ability to work well as a team member.
  • Experience creating and manipulating interactive data visualizations using software tools (e.g., Datawrapper, R, Tableau) preferred.
  • Five years of experience in social-science, education or business-related research preferred.
  • Experience interacting with the public and media regarding research preferred.
  • General knowledge of the NCAA and its membership structure preferred.

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