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Research Associate

Bulletin number: 2013-039SM

Opened: 8/23/2013

Closes: 9/9/2013 at 5:00 p.m. PST
Note: The college will be closed on 9/2/2013 in observance of Labor Day.

The Evergreen State College is committed to prohibiting discrimination and to building a diverse faculty and staff. We strongly encourage qualified persons of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, people with disabilities, persons over forty, women, Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply.

SPECIAL NOTE
There is currently one full-time overtime-exempt Research Associate position available on the Olympia Campus of The Evergreen State College. This position is an “at-will” appointment, exempt from Washington State Civil Service rules and the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements.

COLLEGE PROFILE
The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Since opening its doors in 1971, Evergreen has established a national reputation for leadership in developing innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative and team-taught academic programs. The college has a vibrant undergraduate program, graduate programs, and public service centers that constitute a unique academic setting. The college values a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multicultural community of diverse faculty, students and staff working together. Current enrollment is approximately 4,500. For more information about Evergreen, please visit our college catalog or our website:  http://www.evergreen.edu   

COMPENSATION

  • Salary is $4,288 to $4,809 per month of full time work.
  • Experience and training may be considered in salary placement.
  • A full state benefits package which includes: paid sick and vacation leave; paid campus holidays; a generous medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.  For more information about Evergreen's excellent employee benefits, please view http://www.evergreen.edu/payroll.
  • Permanent status employees that work 0.5 FTE or more are eligible for the tuition waiver program.


POSITION PURPOSE
Provide technical and professional research support to the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment in efforts to inform the college on its achievement of academic goals and student outcomes and opportunities to enhance educational effectiveness. Develop, design, implement, maintain, and modify complex research projects that involve data collection, database management, data extraction and configuration, data analyses, and reports. Scope of work encompasses assessment, accreditation, internal and external reporting, and accountability to meet federal, state, and community needs.

NATURE AND SCOPE
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment works to improve educational effectiveness through the assessment of teaching and learning, the evaluation of educational practices and services, and the ongoing reporting of demographic and evaluative data for institutional decision making and external reporting.  The office’s work includes three major areas: enrollment, retention, and graduation data; assessment in support of institutional improvement, state accountability, and regional accreditation; and research to support institutional planning.

The Research Associate position has the following duties: Design and conduct all aspects of survey research; create enrollment spreadsheets and analyses; compose reports of quantitative and qualitative research; respond to ad hoc data requests and college guide surveys; train and guide the work of student research assistants. Recurring projects typically include Evergreen New Student Survey, Evergreen Student Experience Survey, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) federal reports, Diversity and Equity reports, Student Affairs Indicators, National Student Clearinghouse student data matching projects, and enrollment reports.  Additional duties may include support for Alumni surveys, End-of-Program Review, and data analyses to support grants and other specialized college assessment efforts.  

ORGANIZATION FIT
The Research Associate reports to the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment along with the Research Project Coordinators.  The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is an administrative support office within the Academic division of the College.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college / university.
  • College-level course work in statistics.


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college / university.
  • Three or more years of work experience designing, conducting, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative research projects.
  • Experience inventing procedures to manage complex data and ever-changing data systems.
  • Professional-level higher education work experience.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • In consultation with the Director, design and conduct survey research; individual and group interviews; and studies involving the college’s student record database (Banner), and analyze and report results of these projects.  This work requires the incumbent to:
    • Collaborate with other staff, faculty and students to identify research questions and coordinate research administration.
    • Select research methods appropriate to research questions – typically involving one or a combination of surveys, interviews, or analysis of administrative data.
    • Design questionnaires and participant recruitment materials, select sample populations, and maintain participant tracking database.
    • Analyze and report results of research projects with attention to data integrity and clarity of results.
    • Communicate research findings with groups and individuals whose knowledge of and comfort with quantitative analyses and research methods vary widely.
    • Follow confidentiality procedures regarding public disclosure and research protocols, including completion of Human Subjects Review applications.
  • In consultation with the Director, conduct research on issues of concern to the college.  This work requires the incumbent to:
    • Incorporate ad-hoc research projects as determined by senior management into a busy schedule of anticipated projects;.
    • Provide research and data analysis on the topics of student demographics, student experience, enrollment trends, and assessment of student outcomes.
    • Serve on College task forces or committees charged with researching critical issues
    • Track progress of multiple projects.
    • Develop unique strategies and solutions to data configuration and analysis as required by ever-changing data systems and data needs.
    • Meet internal and external report deadlines.
  • In consultation with the Director, respond independently to routine requests for information from college offices, federal and state agencies, the legislature, and external college guide publications.  This work requires the incumbent to:
    • Conduct data extracts from the college’s student record database (Banner) and curriculum management database.
    • Analyze and compile data from the college databases, other standard reports, literature reviews, and external data sources (e.g. IPEDS peer comparison, U.S. Census Bureau, National Student Clearinghouse, or WA Office of Financial Management).
    • Coordinate data responses with other college offices.
    • Complete standard reports and templates (e.g. 10th day enrollment statistics, IPEDS analysis and reports, senior management reporting tools, college guide surveys).
    • Apply records management procedures.
    • Follow, revise, and document standard operating procedures.
    • May be asked to represent Evergreen in state-level interagency research or assessment projects.
  • Analyze and report data in displays that are clear and effective and provide succinct written summaries and graphic representation of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Train and lead the work of student research assistants as appropriate to complete research projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to design, conduct, and analyze qualitative and quantitative research projects.
  • Ability to analyze and convey results of quantitative and qualitative research by producing written and graphic documentation and conducting public presentations.
  • Ability to use software such as Microsoft Access, Excel, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), and web based tools for database construction, management, and analysis.
  • Ability to work with administrative database systems (such as Banner) to conduct data extraction and analysis.
  • Ability to work independently with attention to accuracy and quality.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with culturally and gender diverse groups and individuals.
  • Ability to manage time across multiple demands, in an environment where work priorities can change quickly.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work with people with varying levels of quantitative skill and knowledge or research design.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively and willingness to embrace new challenges.
  • Ability to work with external agencies, especially other higher education institutions, state agencies, and governing boards.
  • Ability to lead the work of others.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three days of beginning work.
  • May be required to submit to a preemployment background check.

APPLICATION PROCESS

TO SUCCESSFULLY APPLY AND BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT ALL THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS:

1.    A letter of application that addresses the extent to which you meet the Minimum Qualifications and the Desired Qualifications, and that thoroughly describes how your qualifications, education, training and work experience has prepared you to demonstrate the first four (4) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities statements listed above.
2.    A resume that includes a chronological work history that details your education, training and professional experience, including months and years in each position.
3.    At least three work-related references including name, address, and telephone number. Note: By providing this information you are authorizing the college to contact your references.
4.    An Affirmative Action Data Sheet (Word | PDF) Note: This optional information will be separated from your application materials and kept confidential.

Please carefully read the job bulletin and submit all requested items by the closing date listed above.  The committee in its screening of applicants will assume your abilities and experience include only those elements specifically documented within your application materials.  By submitting a completed application for this position you are acknowledging that all of the information that you have submitted to apply for this job is true and complete to the best of your knowledge.  You understand that The Evergreen State College may verify this information and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if you are hired.  If invited for an on-campus interview, you may be required to pay your own travel expenses.

Materials may be submitted using any one of the following options:
 
Email: jobline@evergreen.edu
Mail: The Evergreen State College
Human Resource Services, Library Bldg Room 3102
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA  98505
Fax: (360) 867-6823
Or in person to the Human Resource Services office, Library Building room 3102.

Application materials submitted to the College become property of the College and will not be returned.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, call the Human Resource Services Office at (360) 867-5361 (voice), or (360) 867-6834 (TTY) or email your request to jobline@evergreen.edu.

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Research Associate

Date Posted: 8/23/2013

Provide technical and professional research support to the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment in efforts to inform the college on its achievement of academic goals and student outcomes and opportunities to enhance educational effectiveness. Develop, design, implement, maintain, and modify complex research projects that involve data collection, database management, data extraction and configuration, data analyses, and reports. Scope of work encompasses assessment, accreditation, internal and external reporting, and accountability to meet federal, state, and community needs.

Location: Olympia, Washington
The Evergreen State College