Research Associate

Location
Chapel Hill, Orange County
Posted
Aug 01, 2014

Department: Inst Research and Assessment - Historical

Application Deadline:

Position Summary: The primary function of this position is to conduct and report the results of research that supports the planning and decision-making processes of the University. The position will report to the Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Assessment, but will exercise considerable independent judgment in the design, implementation, and general oversight of projects. The role also demands frequent participation in cross-functional teams of researchers, programmers, and administrators to accomplish specific tasks. A special focus of this position will be conducting research on financial aid and other enrollment-related issues.

Education Requirements: Master's degree in an area related to the duties to be performed and at least two years of professional work experience in a social science research environment. Preference may be given to candidates with prior experience in an institutional research office or other unit engaged in university reporting and analysis activities

Qualification and Experience: The duties outlined above require skills in research design, basic statistical analysis, and sophisticated use of data management and reporting tools such as SAS, SPSS, Access, and Excel. The person in this position must be capable of writing queries to extract raw data from campus data repositories, joining data from diverse sources, manipulating and analyzing data, and efficiently producing reports and graphics to respond to a wide variety of requests for information. The position also requires skills in designing and administering online surveys, sampling, communicating with respondents, maintaining security of confidential data, and reporting survey results. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to transform complicated quantitative and qualitative data into clear and relevant information for stakeholders. The work requires close attention to detail to assure the accuracy and completeness of information provided to University constituents. The person in this position must have experience in project planning and management, but also demonstrate resourcefulness in identifying solutions to problems that arise in responding to unexpected and time-sensitive requests for information. The position also requires knowledge of policies, regulations, and guidelines for the ethical treatment of human subjects, experience in preparing proposals for institutional review boards, and the ability to design and follow protocols for the protection of students and other participants in the research and evaluation projects conducted by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Department Contact Name and Title: Garrett Hirth, Office Manager

Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: gmh@email.unc.edu