Research Associate
Research Foundation of The City University of New York - New York, NY

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Functional Job Title: Research Analyst Office of Academic Affairs - Early College Initiative (ECI) BACKGROUND The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation's leading urban public university serving more than 540,000 students in matriculated degree, certificate and continuing education programs at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City. The Office of the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs oversees a wide range of programs and initiatives at the University, including adult literacy, college transition, early childhood professional development, workforce development and continuing education, collaborative programs with the New York City public school system, as well as special programs such as the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP), Accelerated Study in Associates Program (ASAP) and CUNY Start. The Dean's staff are located in offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The Research and Evaluation Unit, situated within the Office of the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs, supports a variety of educational and workforce development programs by providing data and information essential to developing and improving programs and partnerships. The primary focus of the R & E Unit is to examine these programs and the impact they have on students' academic skills and achievement, college readiness, workforce readiness and other key program outcomes. The R & E Unit provides statistical support and analysis, including empirical research and program evaluation, to a variety of audiences, including program administrators, campus officials, and a national audience of educators, researchers and policymakers. The CUNY Early College Initiative (ECI) supports fourteen public schools in New York City that blend a rigorous college-prep curriculum with the opportunity to earn up to two years of college credit while in high school -- at no cost to students and their families. GENERAL DESCRIPTION OAA is seeking to fill the position of Research Analyst. Under the supervision of the Director of Research & Evaluation, the Research Analyst, with support from research and evaluation unit staff, will design and conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses utilizing a variety of educational data sets and databases to evaluate the program. The Research Analyst will help to develop and implement an evaluation agenda for ECI and other programs and will also provide critical support to OAA leadership by collecting, coding, and organizing program data sets and developing evaluation reports. DUTIES INCLUDE
• Conduct statistical analysis focused on student enrollment, retention, college admissions, persistence and graduation outcomes for ECI students at CUNY and other colleges;
• Prepare datasets for research on ECI and other OAA initiatives;
• Document procedures and calculations used to describe program outcomes;
• Coordinate administration, collection and analysis of data as required for program review;
• Respond to other periodic data requests in a timely and accurate manner for internal and external stakeholders.
Other Duties:
Maintain selected databases and implement regular updates to ensure data quality and completeness;
• Consult with CUNY research and evaluation staff on use of CUNY data systems;
• Provide assistance and guidance to campus-based data staff and/or central office data staff as needed;
• Work with ECI leadership to share and communicate evaluation findings in written reports, briefs, and presentations for a variety of audiences; and
• Perform minimal data entry as needed. Salary: $60,000 - $70,000

Core Competencies/Qualifications:
Minimum Master's Degree or advanced graduate training in education or the social sciences, with at least four years of full- time experience working in an applied quantitative research setting.
• Formal training in social science research methods and a strong understanding of basic statistical concepts.
• Demonstrated proficiency in the use of statistical software (SPSS syntax, STATA, and/or SAS) to analyze and manipulate large data sets with complex structures.
• Strong understanding of program evaluation methods for education demonstration projects, including an understanding of the need to be responsive to agency requests for data.
• Experience querying and manipulating data from a large relational database.
• Experience implementing evaluation models using propensity score matching, linear regression and logistical regression strongly preferred.
• Detail-oriented and ability to keep accurate, well-organized records.
• Ability to be flexible and to work carefully and quickly to meet the demands of a busy program.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Experience working with database tools such as Microsoft Access, SQL and/or Oracle Discoverer.
• Interest in education and issues of access to and success in postsecondary education.