Research Analyst

Posted on8/30/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toSurvey Research Manager
Reports in officeInstitutional Research
Application due dateOpen until filled
Job start dateASAP
CityDaytona Beach
Other Location32114
InstitutionEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Institution descriptionEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies.
Job dutiesThis position will perform survey research and analyses for University studies designed to examine and track the characteristics, opinions, and experiences of students, alumni, employers, etc.

Survey research: Determine survey project timelines and tasks, and manage their execution. Identify survey target audience and utilize sampling methods in determining the sample cohort. Develop survey content, wording, scales, and flow. Develop scripts and facilitate focus groups. Create survey forms, manage administration, and prepare basic reports using a web-based platform. Import/export data files between software packages to convert raw data into clean, manageable files (apply statistical weights where necessary). Program statistical software to produce summary data tables, relevant breakouts, and run basic inferential statistical tests (where appropriate). Interpret and summarize quantitative and/or qualitative data and findings into a report, including graphs and comparative data where appropriate. Disseminate results in a timely manner.

Consultation: Meet with individuals who request a new survey to evaluate their needs and provide guidance as to the best method of data collection. Assist university faculty and staff in utilizing and refining existing survey instruments as appropriate to their specific needs. Ensure that ongoing survey results are disseminated in a timely manner to coincide with departmental assessment activities, and provide assistance in understanding the results. Present survey research results to interested parties and participate in any follow-up meetings.

Reporting: Prepare reports of survey project results for presentation to students, faculty, staff, or other interested parties. Prepare customized reports of survey results to support the University’s program review and accreditation needs. Respond to ad hoc requests for survey results from external agencies (e.g. college guides, state agencies) and the University community.

Other: Research, interpret, summarize, and relay the validity of external ranking/classification methodologies. Perform ad hoc analyses using data obtained from sources other than, or in addition to, survey research.
Bachelor's degree in Social Science/Research based, such as: Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Measurement. Master's degree with 1-3 years of work-related experience in higher education preferred.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Experience with survey design principles e.g. defining target and sample cohorts, creating questionnaire content, wording, scales, and flow.
• Familiarity with online survey platforms/tools, preferably Qualtrics, and administration procedures e.g. communication, tracking of non-respondents, collection of data into importable files, etc.
• Experience with statistical software, preferably SPSS at the syntax programming level, to examine and clean data, and produce summary tables of results.
• Experience in using graphics, spreadsheet, and word processing software such as Microsoft Office products for presentation of data.
• Familiarity with research methods, descriptive statistical analyses, and reporting of statistical data.
• Familiarity with focus group design and facilitation.
• Ability to verify and interpret data.
• Ability to understand and evaluate the methodologies associated with external rankings and classifications of higher education institutions and/or programs.
• Knowledge of institutional research and its practices and issues in higher education.
• Knowledge of Embry-Riddle culture, organization, and academics is a plus.
• Willingness to adapt to job responsibilities across the institutional research field, cross training.
• Ability to quickly learn and apply new ideas, processes, and technologies.
• Ability to establish and manage project tasks and deadlines, manage multiple projects, solve problems, and meet deadlines.
• Excellent attention to detail.
• Ability to work effectively independently as well as in team working groups.
• Excellent writing and speaking skills.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsThe benefit package at Embry-Riddle is robust – from quality health care insurance options to a generous retirement plan, we continually strive to offer a highly competitive, comprehensive benefit package.
Application procedureTo learn more and to apply please visit our website.