RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Location
Greenville, Pitt County
Posted
Jul 10, 2014
Job Description: The research associate reports to the Director of Institutional Research and assumes responsibility for assignments that support data analysis, reporting, and research functions of IPAR and the University. The research associate represents IPAR and IR to serve on institutional and divisional committees, working groups, and task forces. The overall duties of this position entail the management, analysis, and presentation of detailed qualitative and quantitative data that satisfies the reporting requirements of internal and external constituencies and supports the informed decision-making needs of the University community. The position is responsible for analyzing information needs, providing for data queries, and synthesizing complex data from multiple sources into information and reports. The research associate translates data into timely and meaningful information to meet the needs of University administrators, faculty and staff. Knowledge of higher education reporting requirements is essential to the position. The research associate maintains an advanced understanding of internal and external reporting requirements, university operational guidelines and policies, and the university's data management systems. The associate responds to annual surveys of external agencies, such as UNC-GA, IPEDS, the College Board, US News and World Report. The position is expected to lead efforts to identify, propose, implement and improve processes to ensure data quality and the University's compliance with all reporting requirements. The position requires ultimate accuracy in the collection, analysis and reporting of institutional data. The research associate serves as an experienced technical resource in implementing business intelligence solutions and resolving related problems. The position collaborates with the Information Technology & Computing Services (ITCS) and functional area leaders to ensure the integrity and accuracy of institutional data systems. The position provides support for UNC-GA information management initiatives, such as Student DataMart and HR DataMart. The research associate is a key team member in the design and implementation of the University Dashboard, custom reporting solutions, and online dynamic reporting applications. The associate is expected to maintain advanced competence in business intelligence tools. The research associate provides analytical and data support for institutional planning, assessment, program development and other IPAR initiatives. Tasks include but are not limited to developing and updating key performance indicators for strategic planning, providing customized data for academic program reviews, collecting peer institution data and conducting peer analysis, and conducting market analysis to support new program development. The research associate is expected to conduct statistical tests/analyses, interpret results, and translate data into meaningful information. The position serves on various IPAR working groups and university committees. The associate has excellent oral and written communication skills and collaborates effectively with a wide range of units across campus. The research associate translates complex technical and business intelligence issues into non-technical language for non-technical users by understanding the underlying dynamics of a situation and adapting communication accordingly. The associate is accountable for keeping assigned projects on track, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing different tasks. The associate must be able to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines. General instructions are provided to the associate with guidelines and parameters specified as necessary for individual projects.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with at least one year of work experience in an analytical, quantitative, research-related discipline, or a bachelor's degree in an analytical, quantitative, research-related discipline Practical working knowledge in the use of SAS, SPSS or other statistical software Demonstrated proficiency in using the SQL query language Strong analytical skills Strong communication skills, both verbal and written Highly organized, accurate, and detail-oriented Ability to prioritize and manage work flow of simultaneous projects Ability to work independently and with diverse groups Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Candidate should submit a cover letter, resume/vitae, and a list of three references, including contact information, online.

Date Initial Screening Begins: 07-23-2014

Job Close Date: Open Until Filled