Director of Research

Posted on10/9/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toGrowing Inland Achievement Board
Reports in officeGrowing Inland Achievement
Application due dateOctober 16, 2017
Job start dateNovember 1, 2017
CityRancho Cucamonga
InstitutionGrowing Inland Achievement
Institution descriptionEducational Leaders across San Bernardino and Riverside Counties have formed a bi-county K-20 collaborative to systematically address college readiness and to increase degree attainment in our region, particularly among underrepresented groups through programmatic, policy, and institutional change.

Growing Inland Achievement is the organization created to develop the cradle-to-career impact model and to align regional work to address the unique need of the student populations served by each institution.

To achieve our goals, we have adopted the following strategic priorities:

Build a common data accountability system
Tell the region’s story
Leverage and align the resources of the region
Ensure workforce needs are driving strategy
Replicate and scale best practices
Increase academic success for all segments (grades K-20)
Increase postsecondary attainment rates
Job dutiesPosition Summary

Reporting to the Senior Director, the Director of Research is responsible for providing analytical support for the mission and strategic objectives of Growing Inland Achievement. The responsibilities include data collection, analysis, data visualization, and reporting that informs planning, decision-making, analytical studies, and GIA Innovation Award assessment. You will work directly with the GIA data committee, a group of data experts within each segment of education and partner organizations within our region, to identify, define, collect, and strategize data needs for GIA. You will also leverage publicly available data sources, such as American Community survey, IPEDS, National Student Clearing house, Cal-PASS Plus, and the CA Department of Education, to further inform trends and opportunities within the region.

Specific responsibilities include:

Gather and manage data on all key indicators as identified by the Data Committee including rates of participation in career-themed programs, regional academic performance indicators for career-themed programs, high school graduation rates, dropout rates, college enrollment and completion rates, scholarships awarded, scholarship recipient cohort enrollment and persistence, FAFSA and financial aid completion and awards, and business engagement
Collaborate with other members of the GIA Data Committee and other research and development teams in the collection, preparation, analysis, and visualization of longitudinal student and workforce data
Provides data and analysis for strategic planning, grants and contracts, outcomes assessment of the GIA Innovation Awards, and internal program assessment and review of the GIA Innovation Awards
Works closely with executive leadership to identify and answer important educational questions as they relate to the GIA goals of degree completion; and answer these questions using appropriate statistical techniques on available data and present findings to key constituent groups
Communicates data and research findings in graphical, written and oral formats to a wide variety of audiences
Works closely with Strategic Communications to identify trends, generate/gather data to influence strategy, assist in determining the marketing message and creating an engaging data-driving story of GIA’s strategic plan, goals and objectives
Keeps abreast of all trends in data research
Performs other related duties as assigned
QualificationsMinimum Qualifications and Competencies:

Bachelor’s degree in a research or analytical field of study (such as statistics, mathematics, educational research, social sciences, or computer science)
Ability to appropriately select and use data analysis tools and statistical techniques
Manipulating and analyzing complex, high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying sources
Analyzing data in a statistical package such as Stata, SPSS, R or SAS
Willingness to learn new analytic techniques and programs to analyze education and workforce data
Capability to think across sectors – education, employers and economic development
Writing both short briefing notes for public circulation and/or marketing and clear and detailed research reports
Attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Capacity to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment
Commitment to contributing to the vision of the organization: By 2035, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties will be widely recognized for our well-educated workforce, thriving communities, and vibrant economy that create prosperity for all.

Preferred Qualifications and Competencies:

Master’s degree in a related field of study
Data experience related to multi-sector issues
Two years’ experience relevant to quantitative research (particularly in education)
Familiarity with relational databases and SQL.
Knowledge of the Inland Empire
Presenting research results to lay audiences
Working with Executive leaders
Salary range$60,000 - $80,000
Salary benefitsHiring through Inland Empire Economic Partnership Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit who acts as the fiscal agent for Growing Inland Achievement
Salary range between $65,000 - $85,000
Office space in the GIA Rancho Cucamonga office
Hours from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Health and welfare benefits including health, vision and dental and 401K match after 6 months of employment
Some travel required to complete job duties
Application procedureTo learn more and to apply please visit the indeed website.