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Program Research Analyst, Categorical (One or More Positions) (Lateral and External)-Extended

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Classification Title:

Program Research Analyst, Categorical Funded

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Classified Staff

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Position Title::

Program Research Analyst, Categorical (One or More Positions) (Lateral and External)-Extended


20-Saddleback College


Research, Planning and Accreditation (SC-043-095)


12 Months/Year

Salary Schedule Link::

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Pay Range::

138- Starting at $6,639 Per Month

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Work Schedule:

(In-person) Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00pm (Schedule and shift are subject to change in accordance with department needs.)

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Summary Description::

Under direction of assigned College President, District Director or designee, plans, conducts, and presents research and analysis of institutional data related to the development and assessment of College programs, services, activities, and enrollment patterns; and provides a variety of complex decision and planning support to assigned Administrator.

Distinguishing Characteristics::

This class is distinguished from similar classifications in that the position assigned to this class is categorically funded, not financed by District funds. This is an experienced, journey level classification requiring education and experience performing complex research and statistical analysis.

Representative Duties::

The duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Please see Job Duties for details.

Knowledge of::

Standard statistical procedures and research methods including those related to sampling, projections, significance, and distributions.
Principles and practices used in the development and implementation of survey instruments and techniques.
Data collection and coding methods.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including operating characteristics of personal and mainframe computers, peripherals, and a variety of software applications including statistical, word processing, advanced spreadsheet, and database management applications.
Principles and procedures of complex data management and reporting.
Principles and practices of fiscal, statistical, and administrative report preparation.
Principles of business letter writing.
Oral and written communication skills.
Principles, practices, and procedures of record keeping.
Principles and practices used to establish and maintain files and information retrieval systems.
Work organization principles and practices.
English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
Methods and techniques used in public relations.

Ability to::

Perform statistical research and analysis work of a specialized nature involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
Analyze current and historical statistical data and develop sound, logical conclusions and recommendations.
Assist in planning, organizing, and directing complex projects requiring multiple tasks and input from a variety of sources.
Develop and implement a comprehensive research design and methods with specific timelines.
Access, download, consolidate, and analyze data from District information systems.
Compile data and prepare and present administrative, analytical, and technical reports and recommendations.
Understand the organization and operation of the assigned program area as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
Understand, interpret, and apply administrative and office policies and procedures as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and ordinances.
Plan and organize work to meet schedules and changing deadlines.
Operate office equipment including personal and mainframe computers, peripherals, and supporting applications including advanced spreadsheet and database management systems used in data analysis, maintenance, and report preparation.
Utilize sophisticated survey development and data processing equipment and software.
Develop and implement online survey tools.
Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person.
Work well in team situations and collaborate effectively with diverse groups of people.
Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines::

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, economics, sociology, statistics, or a related field. A Master’s degree is desirable.


Two years of increasingly responsible experience in the collection, analysis, reporting, and presentation of research data.

Conditions of Employment::

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work Environment::

Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting. Duties are typically performed at a desk or computer terminal; subject to noise from office equipment operation; frequent interruptions and contact in person and on the telephone with staff and others. At least minimal environmental controls are in place to assure health and comfort.

Physical Demands::

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Additional Position Information::

This position is categorically funded. Employment in this position is contingent upon funding by the Adult Education Block Grant (50%), NSF Includes Grant (15%), NSF UCI Cross Enrollment Grant (10%), and HSI Grant (25%)

Position Specific Benefits::

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist the Administrator in implementation of program or administrative unit reviews, institutional planning activities, accreditation processes, research studies and decision-making processes related to student success, support programs, and institutional effectiveness.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Coordinate procedures to ensure quality and integrity of data used for tracking, measurement, and planning purposes; validation and analysis of data submitted for required federal and state reporting; provide research support including data acquisition and analysis for enrollment management and planning.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Participate in activities designed to review and assess institutional effectiveness (Program Reviews); develop and create surveys applicable to subject or activity under review at the District; plan and implement survey schedules; collect, input, and process data from surveys; provide research and technical assistance to programs or units for the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data in their final reports.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Participate in the analysis, report preparation, and dissemination of information/results related to statistical, demographic, and empirical studies; consult with administrators regarding research needs, current studies, results of research, and related matters; edit and review statistical information for accuracy and conformity to standards.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop and implement effective and sound survey instruments as determined by the administration, faculty, or staff for both required and investigative data trends analysis; collect and process data; analyze data and present results in comprehensive reports; assist leadership to access student demographic data as well as with data analysis for additional planning purposes.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Participate in the completion of a variety of state and federal reports and external surveys; write or provide technical and editorial assistance in the writing and publishing of special reports and publications; complete surveys as requested/required by external private or public agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide the necessary research support to existing grants as required; provide research support for grant applications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Coordinate with District Information Technology and other research and planning staff for the development and implementation of an accurate, effective and useful District information management system.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Coordinate with leadership for a District or College research agenda; edit and review statistical information for accuracy and conformity to standards; assist leadership with other specific research requirements including those for accreditation.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Operate computer and peripheral equipment including the technical aspects of current spreadsheet and database management software; utilize query programs to access mainframe data; download and transfer data as required for various projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Create, design, and maintain assigned office website; publish latest research information on site.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Maintain communication with various external research and planning agencies to ensure the College and District remains current with the latest trends in research and data acquisition for the community college system.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform related duties as required.


The South Orange County Community College District, founded in 1967, is one of 72 community college districts in California. It is a multi-campus district comprised of Saddleback College in the City of Mission Viejo, Irvine Valley College (IVC) in the City of Irvine, and the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP) in the City of Tustin. With its strong ties to the 25 communities it serves, South Orange County Community College District links higher education to the quality of life and economic vitality of Orange County while helping generations of residents to fulfill their learning aspirations. South Orange County Community College District currently serves over 40,000 students each semester and employs more than 2,500 faculty and staff.

Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College are accredited, offering associate degrees and providing academic major prerequisites that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Critical career technical education programs, popular continuing education courses, and exciting cultural opportunities are also available at each campus.

Distinguished faculty from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Irvine Valley College in Irvine provide students with rigorous academic classes, as well as state-of-the-art professional, vocational and skills training. Students, ranging in age from teens to retirees, receive cutting edge, “real world” training, making them highly competitive in the job market. For older, retired students, the Emeritus Institutes offers challenging and enriching special interest courses covering a broad spectrum of educational topics. Vibrant Community Education programs provide myriad lifelong learning opportunities for community members of all ages. Our newest campus, the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP), opened in Tustin the Fall of 2007 by offering courses from Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies.

Visit one of our campuses today and help us celebrate over 40 years of education and opportunity!

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