Research Specialist

Posted on1/25/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toIEPI Principal Investigator
Reports in officeEducation Insights Center (EdInsights)
Application due date01/26/18
Job start dateImmediately
InstitutionEducation Insights Center (EdInsights)
Institution descriptionThe Education Insights Center (EdInsights) is an entirely self-supporting unit of the California State University, Sacramento. Established in 2001 as the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy and renamed in 2015, EdInsights works to inform and improve policymaking and practice for K-12 education, community colleges, and public universities through three strands: policy research, program evaluation, and capacity building.

This position is responsible for conducting evaluation research in support of the California Community Colleges Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) evaluation. This will involve qualitative and quantitative data and will require fieldwork, interviews, policy analysis, case studies, statistical analysis of large and small data sets, and other analytical approaches. Depending on the specific study, activities may involve conducting descriptive and statistical analyses of data, coding qualitative data such as open-ended survey responses, performing literature searches, conducting interviews, preparing and analyzing surveys, leading and preparing written reports, and presenting research results. This position will also provide assistance with project management and oversight of team members. The incumbent will also represent EdInsights at statewide and national meetings of researchers, policymakers, philanthropic leaders, and other similar stakeholder groups.
Job duties01. Assists the principal investigator in all aspects of the IEPI evaluation project, including assessing and providing feedback on general processes and procedures for specialized training and perceptions about effectiveness related to the three components of IEPI Specialized Training.
02. Provides direction in the development and administration of data collection tools such as surveys and interview protocols.
03. Analyzes data including coding qualitative data and statistical analysis of quantitative data.
04. Writes and provides feedback on evaluation summaries and reports.
05. Attends IEPI trainings and workshops.
06. Schedules and conducts interviews and focus groups.
07. Assists in management of the project, such as coordinating and scheduling of evaluation activities.
08. Assists in oversight of project team members and works collaboratively with researchers and staff on all assignments.
09. Represents EdInsights at statewide and national meetings of researchers, policymakers, philanthropic leaders, and other similar stakeholder groups.
10. Provides work direction to graduate and undergraduate student assistants.
QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:
1. Masters degree in public policy/administration, economics, political science, sociology, education, or other field requiring statistical analysis and social science research, or equivalent combination of education and/or work experience.
2. Demonstrated extensive experience conducting social science research.
3. Strong technical and public (such as for policymakers) writing skills.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
5. Demonstrated experience with qualitative data collection and analysis methods, such as designing and administering surveys, conducting interviews and focus groups, and coding qualitative data.
6. Experience analyzing quantitative data, such as quantitative survey data.
7. Demonstrated experience with word processing, spreadsheets, internet, and statistical software packages such as SPSS or SAS.
8. Experience leading a project or one or more employees.
9. Must pass a background check, which may include fingerprinting. Must continue to meet the established standards.

Preferred qualifications:
1. Doctorate in applicable field, with strong research methods training.
2. Experience conducting program evaluation, such as such as identifying program objectives, analyzing processes to meet objectives, and determining/measuring if the program has met the objective.
3. Experience designing and creating data visualizations (e.g., using Tableau software).
4. Experience with using project management tools (e.g., Trello).
5. Experience working in a highly collaborative environment.
6. Knowledge of the California Community College system.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsSalary range - $4,883 - $7,324
Regular (full-time) Employee – 40 hours per week (Benefited)
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