Research Analyst

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA

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To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through informed continuous improvement decisions.


Engaged in an integrated team environment, the Research Analyst conducts a broad range of activities to support the college’s research agenda and general administrative reporting functions. Fostering data-informed decision making and evidence-based practices across stakeholder groups and subject matter experts, he/she analyzes and summarizes data from primary and secondary sources, selects appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies, prepares reports, and shares findings orally, in writing, and via graphic representation to diverse audiences.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research, evaluation, and assessment;
  • Perform descriptive and inferential statistical analyses;
  • Prepare visual and narrative representations of information;
  • Present information to diverse audiences;
  • Train others related to data literacy,
  • Assess validity, accuracy, and reliability of data;
  • Conduct literature reviews and environmental scans of education, economic, and workforce development trends and their impact upon the college;
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times; and
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.

  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote a team environment that accepts differences;
  • Represent the college in a positive manner with all students and stakeholders, providing service in a courteous, prompt, and efficient manner;
  • Use active listening and learning skills to effectively discern client needs;
  • Understand and express concepts clearly and effectively in oral, written, and graphic forms;
  • Apply logic models, outcome/competency-based practices, and computer/statistical logic;
  • Demonstrate strong, deliberative attention to project management deadlines and detail; and
  • Participate in meetings and projects in an environment that values collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


    Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., education, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, statistics);
  • Graduate level courses in statistics;
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies;
  • Experience with primary and secondary data collection and analysis;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, such as Access, Excel, Outlook, and Word;
  • Experience with SPSS or other statistical programs; and
  • Demonstrated ability to produce research writing and reports.

  • Experience with statistical analysis, measurement, evaluation in education;
  • Experience with economic modeling and labor market forecasting;
  • Experience in program design, curriculum development, and logic models;
  • Experience with predictive analytics;
  • Proficiency with SQL and related software;
  • Proficiency with Tabeau and related software;
  • Conceptual knowledge of data architecture.

    Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email: [email protected]


    Working at Kirkwood Community College 

    Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids is a globally recognized leader in higher education where learner success has always been a focal point. For more than 50 years, Kirkwood faculty and staff have cultivated a welcoming and motivating environment that meets students where they are, and helps them get exactly where they want to be. With one of the lowest tuition in the state, more than 130 programs to choose from, flexible class offerings, and convenient locations across seven counties in Eastern Iowa, Kirkwood makes higher education more accessible for people in all walks of life. Through affordable, innovative educational training and many impactful community partnerships, Kirkwood hopes to continue strengthening the regional workforce for years to come.

    As one of Cedar Rapids' top employers, Kirkwood strives to reward employees with a generous benefits package and perks, including:

    • Professional development opportunities
    • Free use of the Kirkwood Recreation Center
    • On campus retail discounts at places like our bookstore, Eagle Tech, cafeteria and hotel (yes, we have a hotel too!)
    • Free admission to performing arts and athletic events
    • Computer and software purchasing program through Eagle Tech, our Apple-authorized campus store
    • Employee tuition discounts and half-price tuition for family members
    • Generous leave policies that provide a work-life balance
    • Choice of retirement programs and unheard-of employer contribution
    • Competitive Total Rewards packages
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