Research Analyst Senior
Coast Community College District - Huntington Beach, CA

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Job Title:
Research Analyst Senior

Opening Date/Time:
Fri. 02/08/13 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Closing Date/Time:
Mon. 03/5/13 11:59 PM Pacific Time

$69,533.00 - $84,583.00 Annually

Job Type:
Classified Staff

Golden West College, California

Golden West College

Exam Number:
FLSA: Non-exempt position, eligible for overtime compensation.

Under direction the Administrative Director, Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, to design and conduct research to evaluate institutional planning issues, including accreditation, student success, retention, institutional effectiveness, instruction, student services, program review, matriculation, grant projects, community characteristics, and other related special projects; develops methodology for empirical and statistical studies; analyzes and provides interpretation of studies in written technical reports and oral presentations; may oversee the work of other staff at the same or lower level; and to perform related work as required.

The Research Analyst, Senior is in the Para-professional level classification in the Research series requiring specific training and experience with institutional planning issues and advanced technical skills in research methodology, analysis, technical report writing, and technical presentations.

The Research Analyst, Senior, under direction and often independently,applies an advanced knowledge of research methodology as a project leader and technical expert in conducting and critiquing difficult and complex institutional research studies including the development and maintenance of research information systems.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
a. Design research studies (including project scope, methodology, data sources, and analytical strategy) related to such matters as curricula, enrollment, retention, matriculation, staffing patterns, program review, student and faculty characteristics, community characteristics, student learning outcomes, and other related studies.
b. Select, adapt, and apply appropriate research and statistical techniques to specific areas of study.
c. Collect data and develop procedures to organize, code, and enter data.
d. Construct databases using applicable statistical software to retrieve and analyze data.
e. Develop and maintain research information systems.
f. Plan, design, and test research instrumentation and evaluate data to assess reliability and validity of findings.
g. Utilize current technology to support institutional research needs, governmental compliance, and reporting requirements.
h. Design surveys, interviews, and relational databases; conduct and/or oversee interviews and surveys to gather information for research projects
i. Compose and edit research materials in a variety of formats, including but not limited to graphs and charts for research reports and presentations; compose graphs and charts to show changes in data over a period of time; prepare data for publication.
j. Write technical reports to provide information, interpretation, and recommendations on research projects.
k. Communicate complex research methodology and results in written and oral format in formal and informal presentations.
l. Communicate effectively and work both independently and as part of a team to analyze and interpret data; respond to research questions as requested; describe findings.
m. Schedule, participate, and lead meetings and committees as needed or required.
n. Lead and oversee work of other research or office staff at same or lower levels.
o. Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:Knowledge of:
1. Research design, methods, sampling, and analytical techniques.
2. Issues and current trends in higher education, particularly as they apply to California Community Colleges.
3. Microcomputers, programming languages, statistical software, spreadsheet software, and relational database management software and proficiency in their use for research projects.
4. Collection and coding of data.
5. Comprehensive report preparation and technical writing to effectively communicate purpose, method, analysis, results, and recommendations of research projects.
6. Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
7. Industry research standards and protocols as defined by the Research and Planning Group for (RP Group).

Ability to:
8. Independently design and conduct institutional research projects and studies utilizing quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
9. Initiate projects from conception to completion, i.e.: define project scope; identify data and methodology; design data collection tools; gather, validate, and interpret raw data from a variety of sources; organize, code, and enter data; ensure accuracy and integrity of data; analyze data; write narrative reports describing purpose, methodology, data collected, results, and recommendations.
10. Construct written, tabular, and visual materials for research reports and presentations.
11. Prepare and deliver oral presentations describing research projects and studies in a clear and concise manner.
12. Perform statistical analysis and interpret results and findings.
13. Work independently and cooperatively as a team member with other researchers and college staff involved in research projects.
14. Exercise creativity and critical judgment.
15. Develop and meet schedules and timelines.
16. Handle and protect confidential and sensitive data with integrity.
17. Use a computer and specialized software for data collection, statistical analysis, word processing, spreadsheet development, database management, and electronic communication.
18. Adapt to and learn new technology and remain current with the trends and methods pertinent to institutional research.
19. Communicate effectively in a collegial demeanor both orally and in writing.
20. Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, disability, religious background and sexual orientation of community colleges students, faculty, and staff.

Education and Experience:
21. Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, education or related field AND
22. Completion of at least two years of upper division/graduate coursework in psychology, sociology, education or related field, including a minimum of 6 upper division/graduate units in research methods, statistical analysis and/or tests and measurement.
23. Minimum of four years experience in a research position, preferably in an educational environment.
24. Or, any combination of education and experience that would provide the required qualifications.

Conditions of Employment:
$69,533- $84,583/Annual Salary Range
(Salary Range E-65)

PAY PHILOSOPHY: Starting salaries for support staff positions begin at Step-1 of the salary range. Employees hired prior to April 1 of each year will move to the next step on the upcoming July 1. Employees hired on or after April 1 of each year will move to the next step the following July 1. All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 of each year for all classified employees.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a full-time, 12-month contract Classified Management position. The normal hours of work will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. However, some flexibility such as evenings and week-ends will be required to meet the needs of the department. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is on file and will be provided upon request.

Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.

Electronic applications may be completed by visiting . Once you have completed an electronic application, you may apply to open positions within the Coast Community College District by submitting the application and all other required materials. Required materials differ for each open position and must be complete when submitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714.

All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.

To be considered for employment you must submit a complete application packet.
A complete application packet, which must be submitted by the deadline date, includes the following items:

Cover Letter highlighting your qualifications for the desired position.
Classified/Management Employment Application
Current Resume
Answers to Supplemental Questions
To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate "n/a" (not applicable). If you do not know an answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any space blank.

Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxed to (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate the job you are applying to and your name.

Disability Accommodations
If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4714 OR (714) 438-4715.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community (reference Board Policy 050-1-1). Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.

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