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Senior Research Analyst

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Job Duties

  • Oversee evaluation projects that apply qualitative and quantitative methods to assess programs and initiatives within OAA, drawing upon primary and secondary data, including administrative data housed at CUNY and the NYC Department of Education.
  • Lead evaluations and perform major project tasks, including formulating research questions, writing evaluation plans and scopes of work, designing data collection and analytic plans, establishing and managing project timelines, and leading project deliverables.
  • Assist in setting the research agenda for the portfolio in close collaboration with the Director and key stakeholders.
  • Present evaluation findings and recommendations in briefings, reports, and presentations to lay and academic stakeholder audiences, such as program staff, senior university administrators, professional associations, and other external organizations.
  • Assist with the preparation of manuscripts for publication in academic journals.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership, program administrators, and domain experts to answer high- level problems using imperfect data.
  • Keep up to date with advances in the field of measurement and evaluation.
  • Take problems defined by program partners and stakeholders, formulate an approach, collect and transform data, evaluate and iterate on the solutions.
  • Implement, test, and evaluate applied research experiments and engineering solutions (e.g., product development for standardized and automated reporting) following rigorous methodology.
  • Work with REPS project teams to define, scope, and manage data projects from beginning to end.
  • Play a lead role in collaboration with OAREDA’s Data Unit to implement data pipelines to automate routine analyses and platforms for online/on-demand reporting.
  • Serve as a thought partner with program stakeholders to address data-related questions and concerns as they arise.
  • Contribute to office leadership, assisting with creative problem-solving, planning, exploring networking opportunities, and responding to RFPs as needed.
  • Supervise and support other research staff and analysts.
  • Engage in collaborative relationships with program partners to facilitate evaluation project.
  • Prepare and provide data to CUNY stakeholders upon request.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, policy, sociology, economics, psychology, or related social science discipline..
    At least five years’ of experience working in an applied quantitative 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).
  • 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.
  • Interest in issues of access to and success in postsecondary education.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Doctoral degree in education, policy, sociology, economics, psychology, or related social science discipline.
  • Experience evaluating programs in higher education.
  • Experience working with database tools, such as SQL and/or Oracle Discoverer.
  • Experience with data visualization tools, such as Tableau.
  • Experience with qualitative research methods, including focus groups, interviews, document analysis, or others.

Institution Description

The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation's leading urban public university, serving more than 500,000 students in degree, certificate, and continuing education programs at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City.  The Office of Applied Research, Evaluation, and Data Analytics (OAREDA), a unified research and data unit within CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs, integrate and streamline the important work of three major research and data areas: institutional research and assessment, program evaluation and program support, and data management and analytics. The goal of OAREDA is to bring to the forefront program, policy, and institutional research, as well as data management, infrastructure, and institutional reporting as requisite functions for building a robust data culture within OAA and for solving complex problems being tackled by the University. 


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Application Due Date: 2022-09-28
Job Start Date: 2022-11-01
Salary: $85000 - $100000
City: New York City
State/Province/Region: NY
Institution: City University of New York
Remote Work: Remote work availability subject to change.
Reports To: Director, Evaluation
Staff # Reporting to Position: 3
Reports In Office: Office of Applied Research, Evaluation and Data Analytics (OAREDA)

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