Senior Research and Assessment Associate / Full-time
McHenry County College - Crystal Lake, IL

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  • Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution with coursework in quantitative research methods, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Three years of work experience in higher education or related area, including experience in the following areas: data analysis using statistical software packages; assessment of student learning; preparing written reports; teaching or training others. Advanced educational credentials may be substituted for experience
  • Experience with AQIP

Position Description: POSITION SUMMARY: Provide advanced level of research expertise in support of outcomes assessment, program review, continuous improvement, and institutional research. Perform statistical analyses, interpret results, conduct survey research and other research tasks in support of College planning while maintaining confidentiality. Provide support to the Research and Planning Associate role as needed.

  • Collaborate with faculty and administrators to develop, maintain, and annually update standards and guidelines related to program evaluation, program review, outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness, while integrating the standards and guidelines of external agencies (e.g. Illinois Community College Board, Higher Learning Commission)
  • Recommend and implement improvements to outcomes assessment, program review, and continuous improvement processes
  • Ensure integration among assessment, program, review, and department-level continuous improvement e.g. Goal-Oriented Accountability Linkage System (G.O.A.L.S.) processes
  • Develop and provide training for administrators, faculty, and staff in the areas of assessment, program review and department-level strategic planning (e.g. G.O.A.L.S.)
  • Coordinate outcomes assessment research, including planning, coordinating, conducting, and reporting upon assessment research
  • Manage program review research, policies and procedures, including planning, coordinating, and providing analyses for program review reports as well as guiding faculty, staff, and administrators through program review
  • Provide regular feedback and guidance to administrators, faculty, and staff completing program reviews, assessment, and department-level continuous improvement (e.g. G.O.A.L.S.) tasks
  • Develop and implement annual timetable for program review reporting. Collaborate with Program Review Committee, CAPC and Executive Council to develop presentation schedules
  • Provide necessary research to support program review for academic and administrative areas
  • Conduct research studies in support of continuous improvement and AQIP and consult with Continuous Improvement teams on appropriate research methodologies
  • Serve on Program Review Committee, Assessment Team, and institutional special project groups
  • Conduct statistical analyses of the institution and its activities (e.g., enrollment, personnel, revenues, and costs) and environmental features (local demographics and trends, labor market, educational trends), provide statistical summaries and interpretive reports in support of institutional assessment, evaluation, and planning
  • Oversee sustainability-related data collection efforts (e.g. Campus Carbon Calculator); analyze and report findings. Utilize tools to assess and recommend sustainability-related projects and policies
  • Design surveys and assessment materials. Process and summarize surveys and assessment materials using optical mark scanner technology, and PC reporting software
  • Coordinate research, research reporting, and communications with external agencies including the Higher Learning Commission, the Illinois Community College Board, and external assessment vendors regarding the College’s participation in assessment, continuous improvement, AQIP, and program reviews
  • Support continuous improvement action teams and AQIP systems portfolio development
  • Maintain Office of Institutional Research databases, files, and process documentation related to assessment, program review, and continuous improvement
  • Maintain security and confidentiality regarding all appropriate files, records, and documents
  • Make a professional commitment to continual professional development through education, related reading, and membership in professional groups (such as AIR and IAIR), participate in professional conferences and workshops, and attend ICCB-sponsored meetings
  • Provide training to new Office of Institutional Research staff and student workers, as necessary
  • Provide training to College employees on SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence reporting
  • Cross-train with other Office of Institutional Research staff and carry out duties of other staff, as necessary
  • Conduct library and Internet literature and information searches
  • Present research findings to the college community and other professional associations
  • Work collaboratively with others (e.g. colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities
  • Assume additional duties as assigned by immediate supervisor
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to learn technological applications
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of statistical software (e.g. SPSS, SAS, STATA)
  • Knowledge of and experience with relational database systems (e.g. MS Access)
  • An understanding of the meaning and purposes of commonly used inferential statistical procedures (e.g. ANOVA, chi-square, t-tests) and an ability to apply appropriate analytical procedures to assessment and institutional research needs
  • Ability to develop and conduct training of administrators, faculty, and staff in assessment, program review, and continuous improvement
  • Understanding of general principles used in evaluation and assessment (e.g. reliability, validity, and bias) and an ability to compute and evaluate each
  • Knowledge of the basic concepts and purposes of assessment and formative evaluation
  • Knowledge of survey design principles (e.g. developing effective survey instruments, sampling methodology, etc.)
  • Strong organizational skills; goal oriented
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks/projects with shifting needs
  • Ability to work well in a team setting with faculty and staff, and to collaborate on departmental projects
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to think analytically, determine problems and create individual solutions
  • Commitment and respect for diversity
  • Commitment to the College mission and goals
  • Ability to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and specifications of the position

Minimum Salary Range:

Application Required Materials: Qualified applicants must mail or bring in person to MCC/HR Dept. all of the following: a current resume, MCC Employment Application form (download from this website) and copies of college transcripts. In addition, please include a one-page narrative describing recent research you have completed, including rationale for, and results of, the project.

Review Date/Deadline: A-pplication Review begins August 30, 2013. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

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