Senior Quantitative Research Analyst
University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

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Senior Quantitative Research Analyst

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Urban Education Institute

12734-Consortium on Chicago School Research

*Standard Summary
Collaborates with researchers in designing, implementing, and publishing results from research projects and assumes primary responsibility for writing statistical design, methods, and analysis for research proposals. Collaborates with researchers and assists in developing objectives, designing sampling, randomization, and data collection procedures to achieve study objectives. Analyzes data and prepares tables for interim and final reports. Designs tables and statistical procedures for specific research studies. Develops the statistical design and planned analyses for research grant proposals and takes primary responsibility for writing the statistical design, including sample size, and statistical considerations in grant proposals for faculty throughout the unit. Assumes major responsibilities in research projects, e.g. serving on committees, supervising project personnel, coordinating quality control efforts, and serving on writing teams. Develops and implements new innovative procedures in the areas of data collection, quality control, presentation of results, and statistical analyses. Writes the results section of reports and publications. Writes statistical computer programs and reviews computer output for consistency and quality. May oversee the work of lower-level statisticians or data archivists.

About the Unit
UChicago CCSR was created in 1990 after the passage of the Chicago School Reform Act that decentralized governance of the city's public schools. Researchers at the University of Chicago joined with researchers from the school district and other organizations to form CCSR with the imperative to study this landmark restructuring and its long-term effects. Since then CCSR has undertaken research on many of Chicago's school reform efforts, some of which have been embraced by other cities as well. Thus CCSR studies have also informed broader national movements in public education.

A number of features distinguish CCSR from other, more typical research organizations: our comprehensive data archive, a focus on one place?Chicago, our engagement with a diverse group of stakeholders, a wide range of methods and multiple investigators, and our commitment to sharing research findings with diverse publics.

UChicago CCSR is a unit of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute.

Unit Job Summary
Senior Quantitative Research Analyst: Assume a leadership role in designing research studies and evaluation projects on topics related to Chicago's public schools, the problems they face, and the mechanisms for improvement. He or she will conduct reviews of pertinent literature and will share in disseminating findings in a variety of formats to a wide range of audiences. He or she will document all procedures and methods, and will participate in weekly workshops to review findings and methodological techniques.

The Senior Research Analyst will primarily conduct detailed and complex statistical analyses of quantitative data using multivariate statistical methods including multiple regression, logistic regression, event-history, IRT, econometrics, and advanced features in HLM. He or she will manipulate large-scale data bases using SAS in a UNIX environment.

Depending upon the Senior Research Analyst's experience and interest in qualitative research, he or she may also conduct qualitative fieldwork, develop coding schemes, and analyze and synthesize qualitative data.

Master's degree in education, policy studies or related social science discipline with interest in education research and 1 to 3 years of experience; or Masters' degree in other discipline with 3 to 5 years of research experience required.

One to three years of experience OR three to five years of research experience required.

Experience conducting social science research (e.g. authorship on scholarly articles and/or research reports) preferred.

Ability to train others required.
Ability to coordinate the work of others required.
Advanced knowledge of statistics required.
Advanced knowledge of statistical software packages required.
Ability to write statistical computer programs required.
Knowledge of database management software required.
Analytical skills required.
Advanced computational skills required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Organizational skills required.
Verbal and written communication skills required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
Ability to work effectively with individuals of varied background, races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, physical capabilities, and linguistic backgrounds required.
Familiarity with spreadsheet programs such as Excel or Access required.
Knowledge, and demonstrated use, of multivariate statistics and analysis techniques required.
Familiarity with statistical software (SAS, SPSS, Stata) required.

Ability to use SAS in a UNIX environment preferred.

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