Research Fellow (part-time)

Posted on7/6/2018
Job typeHalf-time
Reports toDirector, Research and Development
Reports in officeOffice of Research, Evaluation & Program Support
Application due date8/1/2018
Job start dateImmediately
CityNew York
State/ProvinceNew York
InstitutionThe City University of New York (CUNY)
Institution descriptionBACKGROUND
The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation's leading urban public university, serving more than 540,000 students in 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 (SUD) within the CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) oversees a wide range of programs and initiatives within the University and in New York City, including adult literacy, service learning, early childhood professional development, workforce development, and continuing education programs. SUD also oversees a number of collaborative programs between the University and the New York City public schools, such as CUNY’s Early College Initiative (ECI) and College Now; additionally, the unit manages the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP), Accelerated Study in Associates Program (ASAP), and CUNY Start.

The Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS) is a comprehensive program evaluation unit situated within SUD. Working in many dimensions of public higher education, REPS conducts empirical research, and implementation and impact studies to provide partners with the knowledge and resources necessary to develop, improve, and ultimately reach key project goals. Central to REPS operations is a partnership with the Office of Data Management and Analytics (DM&A). REPS coordinates with DM&A on data collection and management protocols, business intelligence tools for program reporting, and implementing complex, integrative applications. REPS evaluators employ rigorous qualitative and quantitative research methods, and approach their work with a focus on leveraging data integration to drive program improvement and inform critical decision-making (

REPS investigates issues related to higher education and educational equity among students and residents of New York City. REPS projects are organized into three focus areas: College Readiness, College Access and Success, and Career Readiness and Workforce Development. In addition, REPS has developed a body of work on topic areas that intersect with these portfolios, including developmental education, adult and continuing education, STEM pathways, vulnerable populations, and equity.

REPS currently provides evaluation services to over 30 educational programs administered by CUNY’s Central Office, including CUNY Start, Early College Initiative (ECI), College Now, and the ASAP-CUNY Start Foster Care Initiative. We also partner with programs and researchers at CUNY campuses, as well as external organizations and institutions in New York City. The Unit is co-led by the Director for Research and Strategy and the Director for Research and Development.

REPS is seeking a Research Fellow to lead the design and implementation of research and evaluation projects. As part of this work, the Research Fellow will plan and conduct studies on college readiness issues and programs in New York City, leading to a literature review, reports and presentations with policy and program recommendations, and findings presented in accessible data visualizations. Studies will pay particular attention to issues of equity. With guidance from the Director of Research and Development at REPS, the Research fellow will disseminate findings widely to a variety of audiences.
Job duties• Plan and conduct studies on college readiness issues and programs in New York City;
• Facilitate research planning discussions with project partners and stakeholders;
• Conduct and write a literature review, synthesizing findings from the field and identifying gaps;
• Create and manipulate large, complex datasets from multiple administrative data sources to analyze trends and outcomes;
• Ensure data quality and completeness;
• Conduct basic and advanced statistical analyses;
• Document procedures and analyses;
• Develop and administer surveys, as well as focus group and interview protocols, to evaluate programs;
• Share and communicate findings in written reports, briefs, visualizations, and presentations for a wide range of audiences;
• Articulate policy and program recommendations supported by research findings;
• Complete ad-hoc requests;
• Other duties as assigned.
• Minimum master’s degree in education, policy, sociology, economics, psychology, or related social science discipline; doctoral degree preferred.
• At least three years’ experience working in an applied research setting, including experience managing projects.
• Strong training and skills in all phases of formative and summative program evaluation.
• Strong training and skills in advanced quantitative research methods, with expertise in at least one of the following areas: survey methods, propensity score matching, survival analysis, multi-level modeling, difference in differences, regression discontinuity, or others.
• Experience with matching data sets and manipulating large amounts of data from multiple sources; proficiency with statistical software (STATA and/or R).
• Experience with qualitative research methods, including focus groups, interviews, document analysis, or others.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work flexibly, carefully, and quickly to meet competing demands.
• Ability to take initiative, work independently as well as on teams, and promote a collaborative work environment.
• Demonstrated interest in issues of access to and success in education.

• Experience with data visualization tools, such as Tableau.
• Experience evaluating programs in higher education.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsCompensation: 15-19 hours per week / $42.95 per hour

Appointment: This Research Fellow appointment runs through May 31, 2019. Immediate start date.
Application procedureTo Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to

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