Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Research Analyst - School of Natural Sciences
Job Category: Managerial/Professional Unit: Center for Institutional Effectiveness Position Code: SIRDS9200A Status: Open Closing Date: Applicant review and screening will begin on or around October 1, 2019 and will continue through selection. Salary: $85,000 - $90,000 Location: DCC – Downtown Campus Center Background check: Background check and fingerprinting may be required
Description: The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century, with its inaugural freshman class occurring in 2005. Currently, UC Merced has over 8,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs and is expected to have at least 10,000 students enrolled by 2021. Recognizing its tremendous growth, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring a team of dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
As it is at all University of California campuses, research is the cornerstone of UC Merced. Led by researchers who are tackling some of our most complex problems, University of California, Merced is driven to empower social mobility for our students in the heart of California. Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the campus is located in the San Joaquin Valley and enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park. The University strives to be sustainable by design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
Building a research university is a truly dynamic experience and we approach our challenges with innovation and collaboration. This position is a partnership between the School of Natural Sciences and Institutional Research and Decision Support to provide a wide array of analysis focused on student success, curriculum planning and operational support in support of our research and teaching mission. Our team loves challenging problems and helping others conquer them. We strive to empower decision makers at all levels with long term, systemic solutions and believe that how we approach our work, with curiosity and rigor, is our hallmark of success.
ABOUT THE JOB Reporting to the Associate Dean of Natural Sciences (SNS) and the Director of Institutional Research for the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS), the analyst leads the production of administrative reports and analysis to support the information needs of SNS. The position will help with analysis of student life cycle, from recruitment and admissions through graduation and post-degree placement. Typical projects will include application and admission yields, student success metrics (retention and completion rates/grade correlations for sequenced courses), curriculum analysis (student demand/course scheduling/classroom availability) and ad hoc data requests from school stakeholders.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Works with students, faculty, and administrators to define information needs, define appropriate data collection methods, and provide advice in a service-oriented manner. 2. Undertakes research projects on a wide range of topics, determines appropriate methodologies, writes and presents reports. 3. Conducts or assists others in survey and research studies related to institutional needs. 4. Provides technical support for the collection, management, and dissemination of data and analysis in support of institutional decision making and institutional reporting, including strategic planning and accreditation requirements. Develops reports for ease of interpretation and analysis by a variety of audiences and users. 5. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational technical workshops/conferences; review professional publications; establish personal networks; benchmark state-of-the-art practices; participate professionally. 6. Conducts staff workshops and seminars focused on the understanding of data and the tools designed to obtain data.
Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, statistics, or social sciences with a research emphasis and 3 years of related experience or 7 years of related experience/training. Required
Advanced degree in computer science, information systems, statistics, or social sciences with a research emphasis. Master's Degree may be substituted for 2 years of experience. Preferred
Excellent logical reasoning and organizational skills.
Knowledge of fundamental methodologies, statistics and higher education assessment processes.
Ability to translate data into understandable language and visual displays.
Ability and experience in effective communications, both in written reports and orally / presentations.
Ability to schedule, structure, and facilitate meetings of faculty, staff and students with both technical and nontechnical skills.
Ability to effectively use analytical software such as Microsoft Excel, Tableau, and other statistical analysis tools such as R, Stata, or SPSS.
Familiarity with post-secondary education system.
Experience in an institutional research office or similar experience at a college or university.
Experience with Qualtrics survey software across design, construction, validation, and analysis preferred.
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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.